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“An elegant restaurant with a true local touch”
Review of Antica Sicilia

Antica Sicilia
Ranked #80 of 1,050 Restaurants in Catania
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Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Neighbourhood: Centro Catania
Reviewed 25 August 2017 via mobile

As some of the pre-reviewers have mentioned, the waiters seem to be friendly and helpful. Their English is rather poor, but most of the things one can manage to clarify after some small effort on both sides :) The restaurant is secluded from the main street and has a nice courtyard attached, open to a small street on one side. It is a safe and quite peaceful neighbourhood. As we were having dinner, a solo singer has arrived and began a tenor concert with some background music from the portable speakers. He reminded me of Pavarotti. It was really cool! :) We also enjoyed the food and the drinks. The only thing that bothered me was that some of the servicemen seemed to be somewhat stiff. But I'll take a further look into this matter next time, for I am sure to go there at least one more time.

Thank Ravalus
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Reviewed 24 August 2017

My wife and I have been fooled by the pretty positive reviews this restaurant received so far:
- Bird poo on the table and the plates
- Waiter took more than 20m to take our order while continuously saying "just a minute" and servicing other guests
- No feeling of being welcomed whatsoever, just rushed through the order not being able to give recommendations
- Took another 10-12m to manage to equal out the wobbling table
- Obviously brought the wrong drinks
- More bird poo landing on the table during dinner (definitely avoid tables near the walls)
- Needed to ask 4 times to get salt - and then still it only worked because the nice Italian couple on the next table kept asking the waiters in Italian
- Waited another 28m to be able to finally pay - awful to waste precious holiday time like this
- Received not one sorry for all of this. Also, older team members viciously scream at younger waiters which is just hugely inappropriate

All in all definitely the worst experience in Sicily. We weren't expecting star restaurant service but just a basic level of appreciation. Sad.

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1  Thank r0bbanks
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Reviewed 21 August 2017

Fresh sea food. Pasta really delicious. Good quality wine and beef has been served as well.
The place was crowded, than the service was a bit confused.

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Thank takacsV
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Reviewed 17 August 2017 via mobile

The terrace is typically sicilian. Live music, good food, white wine was great. Fish and pasta were delicious. We were served fast and well. Prices are not high. The place perfect for a dinner in Sicily. I recommend.

Thank Radu B
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Reviewed 16 August 2017

We were walking by and practically dragged in. Since they couldn't speak english very well, it was very difficult to communicate.
The place stank like fish gone bad. It was disgusting.

We were seated in a table we didn't want to and before we had time to order anything, the waiter brought us two large almost full glasses of prosecco. We said we didn't order them and wanted to have some white wine. The waiter told us they didn't have anything else than prosecco. No red nor white wine. Nothing else!

We started to feel really uncomfortable for the first time on our trip around Sicily. There was a lot of pressure from the staff. And the whole time they were given signals from a man and a woman from one of the tables (there was just us and that one group of people in the restaurant) what to do with us.

We sat there for few minutes figuring out what to do. Then decided not to be bullied and leave the dump. Told the waiters we are not gonna pay for something we never ordered. He looked and the man and he waved his hands and signaled to bring us white wine. So there was wine after all. In a large restaurant. Wow!

We drank the wine and paid. Then got away from there as fast as we could.

Wouldn't go near the place ever again. Wouldn't recommend it to anybody.

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1  Thank Pasi L
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