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AU$18 - AU$50
CUISINES
Italian, Mediterranean, Sicilian, Southern-Italian
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed 9 August 2023 via mobile

We came to this restaurant hoping to have a nice meal after walking through the town. We noticed this restaurant and asked for a table we sat down and ordered tagalietelli¿ It was so good and we throughly enjoyed it. My only complaint is if...they had a wider range of options for desert for people who have a nut intolerance/allergy. In general I very much enjoyed itMore

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 5 June 2023

Hidden away on top of mountain town where brave driving helps is this gem - less than an hour from the over-run tourist traps of Taormina is this genuine restaurant with outstanding food matched only by friendly service - so definitely worth the trip

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 29 May 2023

The restaurant is located at a nice square surrounded with beautiful buildings. This was the only restaurant we could find in the area that was open at the time. We had a table outside, although the weather was not the best. :) We shared a...starter with «15 unique Sicilian tastings», my wife had home made pasta with pistachio and ricotta and I had a plate of mixed grilled meat. The food was descent, but a bit blend and not too tasty compared to other Sicilian restaurants we have visited during our stay. Prices were decent. Back at the hotel I noticed that the restaurant charged me 71,50€ although the receipt showed only 58€ (including 4€ for service, which is normal)! After writing about this in a Tripadvisor review, they contacted me and explained that it was just a mistake, that they were very sorry and they apologized. They transferred the difference to my bank account, and I deleted my first review and posted this one instead. Everything is now settled and I really believe them when they say it is an unfortunate mistake. No hard feelings at all! If you are in the nice litte village Castiglione, you may want to try out this restaurant yourself as I see there are lots of good reviews here...More

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed 16 May 2023

In a pretty environment with very kind host we had a toplunch. Good and honest food of a high level! Thanks for your hospitality!

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed 13 April 2023 via mobile

Very nice food, very nice people, very good experience. All very fresh and tasty served in a nice restaurant and a welcoming atmosphere.

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed 24 October 2022 via mobile

The food was excellent, fresh, well cooked Best cannoli we had ever!! Owners were very welcoming. Great value for money.

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 1 August 2022 via mobile

Welcoming and friendly staff, happy to explain what the dishes were. Delicious local specialities and house wine! Recommend the antipasti misto, melanzane pasta and hazelnut torte. Lovely atmosphere, sitting outside in the piazza.

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 23 July 2022

Got the hop on hop off bus from Taormina to Castiglione di Sicilia and ate lunch here. We were the only customers, it was quiet and peaceful with a hint of jazz playing in the background. Began with the antipasti regionale, a wonderful selection of...local treats and inexpensive. The home made white wine went very well with our meal. Service was first rate. Pasta alla norma and pasta with pistachio were excellent. Brilliant location, lovely staff and tasty food . Excellent value for money.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 17 April 2022 via mobile

In the middle of the old village. Nice typical trattoria. Great and abundant local antipastis. The freshly made pasta is a blast. Good local wine choices. Very kind. Good value for money.

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed 24 October 2021

We visited this lovely family run restaurant two nights in a row. Highly recommend the pistachio pasta!

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed 16 September 2021 via mobile

Lovely family run spot and some of the best authentic food we have had in Sicily.Simple and delicious.How you are greeted/treated in an establishment means a lot,and many places don’t really get it right.Recommend.

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed 2 October 2020 via mobile

This place was recommended to us by a winter at our hotel, the food was lovely and the hospitality was second to none. Great family atmosphere and the waiters were very happy to help with our choice of food and local wine. Great value for...money too. If your driving over you may park in a little square just outside the restaurant.More

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed 21 September 2020

We visited this restaurant on a Saturday evening in mid September and we were virtually alone. Such a tragedy! The meal was excellent and the young couple running the place were capable, friendly and enthusiastic. They need support. Our prime reason to visit was the...excellence of the wine list which focussed on local wines from Etna and we were not disappointed with the choice we made.More

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed 21 September 2020 via mobile

We had a really good lunch here. - Burrata - Home made Pasta The food tasted amazing and the staff was great! I’d really recommend to stop by here. Regarding Covid-19 they are very caring. The had there masks properly adjusted and provided disinfectant dispensers.

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed 9 January 2020

My family left Sicily two generations ago. Today, 99 years later, we returned to Castiglione in search of my grandmother's home and church. We only had a name and birth certificate. We stopped for lunch at La Dispensa and met the owner, Carmelita. She helped...us search for the street and church! She even called the local government registry on our behalf and had them conduct a search on the spot. At this point, we were completely won over. And then the food came! One phenomenal dish after the next. Come for the cannoli and stay for the people. You cannot miss this place!More

Date of visit: January 2020
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La Dispensa dell'Etna is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5