For two nights we’re staying in Giardini Naxos right on the East coast of Sicily at an Airbnb. We don’t have WiFi so it’s kind of nice! Tough part is figuring out where we want to go but good thing we’re steps from the beach.
Last night we had dinner at a restaurant suggested to us by our hosts in Roccella Valdemone and it’s rated number one on TripAdvisor for ALL the right reasons. It’s called ‘A Putia. I wish I could teleport the taste of the two pastas we had through this post because they were amazing. One was a spaghetti w/ pistachio and bottarga (dried fish roe) and the other a linguini with squid ink and almonds. They sound so simple but that’s what’s so incredible and special about Italian cooking. It’s all about the ingredients which creates simple and delicious dishes. We’re going to post some photos on our drink/food insta @drinkeatandthepeoplewemeet
Not sure we’ve ever eaten so slow because we wanted to savor every bite! It’s a relatively small place (only four tables outside) and they kept having to turn people away. Our host made a reservation for us outside. Only two chefs in the small kitchen for the hot food and two chefs preparing the salads for the meat/cheese plates towards the back of the restaurant which is also a deli/store. This was our splurge night in town. We tried a Spumante by #murgowinery
with Nerello Mascalese grapes which was quite refreshing to start our meal. We also tried another local Etna wine by #barbazzale
which adds a little Nerello Cappuccio to the Mascalese, it’s the other indigenous red grape to Sicily. Badbazzale is near where we’re staying so we might have to give it a visit!
Today we hang at the beach (another gorgeous day!) and we’ll hop on a short bus ride to Taormina to check it out or maybe walk the three miles. We probably should after all that pasta! We’ve heard Taormina is very touristy but I guess we’ll have to see for ourselves! Lots of honeymooners here. I keep giving Jacob dirty looks...Totally kidding. 😝 #giardininaxos #aputia #taormina #sicily #italy #drinkeatandthepeoplewemeet #nerellomascalese #nerellocappuccio #sicilianwine #mountetna