Casa Grugno Michelin-star eatery in gothic Taormina palace
A cobblestone staircase leads away from the main cathedral, down a walkway frequented by alley cats and hormonal adolescents. In the heart of Sicily's Taormina, the restaurant is located in a 16th Century residence adorned with gothic portals and renaissance lead-glass windows. Originally a palace owned by the Catalan family "Grugno", who lived in Taormina in the 15th century, the structure has been reconfigured into a series of apartments and a sensational 1-star Michelin eatery. Guests pass-through a humble single-door entryway and are greeted by an owner/host that could easily pass as a charter from a Hemmingway novel. The main dining room is a cartoon-like scene of renaissance plastering emulating a medieval hall or court of King Arthur. In summertime, guests can reserve a table outdoor on a tranquil patio area surrounded in lush topiaries and blossoming flowers.
payment optionsMasterCard, Visa, American Express
hours7:30pm-10pm, daily March-December
table to getAnything Available
special featuresPrivate Dining Room, 1-star Michelin-rated, Wine Cellar
A seasonal, local prix fix menu offers Sicilian specialties and traditional Mediterranean cooking. Head chef Andreas Zangerl revives traditional Sicilian gastronomy with meticulously presented dishes delivered by a seasoned staff. The meal begins with homemade breads presented with drizzling of olive oil accompanied by a tasting of pea puree and tomato-confit with Parmesan mouse. Starters include an appetizer sampler that overwhelms the average two-top table with small plate offering of oxtail raviolis, cured tuna and loin of rabbit. Entrees are heartily portioned with selections of locally caught white fish with crispy-sweet skin, rack of lamb with pine nut crust and suckling pig in fennel-beer sauce. Dessert is a selection of intricate cakes and regional specialties like cannoli cones with sweet ricotta and vanilla souffle with apple ice cream.
Destination Taormina eatery offers cozily aristocratic dining room for unforgettable culinary experiences. The 36-seat restaurant is often overbooked, but a few tables are almost always set aside for walk-ins.
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