La Zagara

  • Veg-options Veg-options
    ( 12 reviews )

Viale S. Pancrazio, 3, Taormina, Italy, 98039

Serves meat, vegan options available. Little restaurant on the end of the main street, Corso Umberto. Has a vegan menu, including a pesto spaghetti.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Italian, Non-veg

12 Reviews

First Review by shannonkaplan13

so much choice! - Edit

There was a whole page in the menu for the vegan options! Wow! The vegetables sicilian style was very tasty but a small portion. The pasta portions are very big!
Very well labelled menu for allergens.

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Very Nice - Edit

Really enjoyed this restaurant. Have a vegan menu available. Food is fresh and delicious. Highly recommend the aubergine and tomato pasta.

Pros: Many options available, Good portion sizes

Cons: Limited seating

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Tasteless food and uncommitted staff - Edit

The place looks nice, seating inside or semi-outside. They have a separate vegan menu with regular not particularly interesting dishes and so is the taste. A disappointing experience. The food was bland and tasteless and seemed to be prepared without commitment or knowledge of quality.

Pros: A vegan menu

Cons: food bland and tasteless, mediocre service

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A most wonderful restaurant for vegans and vegetarians - Edit

I don't think I can add anything to what's already been said, but this is a restaurant of the highest quality, with an entire menu page devoted to vegan dishes. I was in Taormina for 3 weeks, and went there almost every night for dinner. The servers were warm and welcoming, and treated me as a regular, bringing me a bottle of sparkling water without even asking. The dishes are beautifully presented, garnished with flowers, herbs or tiny branches of little fruits. As I'm a lacto-vegetarian I was thrilled to be able to enjoy - for the first time ever - eggless Italian desserts. The cannolo, mousse and panna cotta were simply divine, although very rich, so I didn't have them very often. Tuesday, their closing day, was always a sad day for me, and the other restaurants I tried didn't begin to compare. Although Taormina is an expensive town, the prices at La Zagara were - if anything - lower than those of much lesser quality.

Updated from previous review on 2016-10-20

Pros: High quality food, reasonable prices, friendly , Wide selection of vegan and vegetarian entrees, Eggless Italian desserts!

Cons: Not open on Tuesdays!!!!

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Amazing Vegan Food - Edit

I found this restaurant on Happy Cow before visiting Taormina and ended up eating there every day of my holiday except Tuesday when it is closed.
The food is just amazing, so much effort put in by the chefs to make delicious and beautifully presented vegan food - not just 'veganised' options. (I really would have loved to take home a bucket full of the Trapanese pesto!) By Taormina standards (Toarmina is an expensive place) the restaurant is not expensive. The staff are lovely and made me feel very welcome and comfortable - a real plus when travelling and eating solo.
Do book, especially for the evening and if you want to eat on the terrace: This is rightly a very popular restaurant.

Pros: Delicious vegan food, Whole page of vegan options, Lovely staff

Cons: No vegan deserts except fruit

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Excellent for vegans - Edit

As noted in the other reviews, this restaurant is a rare gem because it has a page in its menu dedicated to vegan dishes (15 dishes in total).

We had the spaghetti al pesto trapanese (pesto sauce made from pine nuts, almonds and basil) and the tagliolini con porcini e pomodorini (thin tagliatele with wild mushrooms and cherry tomatoes). Both were excellent.

Vegan menu consists of salads (EUR 6-9), pasta dishes (EUR 10-14), soups (EUR 7-9), and a couple of other dishes - grilled vegetables and caponata.

Portions are not huge but I'd say that this place offers good value compared to some of the other restaurants in Taormina. The restaurant is in a nice spot in the centre of town. The staff are friendly and speak English, and the menu has English translations.

My only criticism is that none of the desserts are suitable for vegans other than fresh fruit, but you can always wander over to Stecco Natura Taormina (ice lolly place - highly recommended) or one of the many granita stalls to get your fix.

All in all, an excellent find.

Pros: Entire page dedicated to vegan dishes, High quality food, Nice location

Cons: Lack of vegan desserts

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Expensive - Edit

On looking at the menu I had high hopes for this restaurant. Whilst the food was delicious it was very expensive in relation to portion size. I had the caponatina which cost €9 but I would say it was more of a starter portion. I ate the three slices of bread provided but I still left hungry and slightly disappointed. If I had time I would still return to try the pasta dishes based on the other reviews of this restaurant. Perhaps they would be more filling.

Pros: Delicious food, Extensive vegan menu

Cons: Expensive, Small portion

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Vegan eating in Taormina - Edit

We were able to find this vegan place in Taormina thanks to Happy Cow. The special vegan menu offers a wide range of dishes including pasta, salads and soups. We had the gnocchi with pistachio pesto which was delicious. Not to be missed when in Taormina.

Pros: Lots of vegan options on the menu, Value for money, Freshly made food

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Delicious - Edit

This place is really awesome! Thanks to the happy cow app, we were also able to find vegan places in smaller cities like Taormina. We went to La Zagara even twice cos the food was so tasty.
They have a special vegan menu offering several vegan dishes including pasta and salads.
We ate Pasta with pistachio pesto which was so delicious.
Don't miss this place when you're in Sicily

Pros: vegan menu, fresh juices, Pasta

Cons: close to a main road

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so wonderful. best of Taormina. - Edit

Our pasta was so fresh and the vegetables & herbs so delicious, that my husband and I actually got three pasta dishes! We couldn't decide which was better, the pesto gnocchi, porcini & tomato tagliatelle or the vegan pasta à la Norma. Definitely go there!

Pros: location , freshness of food. , just delicious!

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best vegan menu in taormina - Edit

This is a wonderful place to enjoy italian vegan fare. There are delicious options for the whole foods route if one wants to stay strict, or some great pasta dishes to tuck into in this beautiful seaside community. Serves meat, so it's a great choice if you happen to be traveling with friends or family who insist on eating the dead bodies of other animals. And who knows, let them try a few bites of your food and they may come to agree that the carnage is completely unnecessary.

Pros: great selection , friendly service , great indoor or outdoor dining

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Vegan menu! - Edit

I was really excited to see a page in the menu specifically for vegans! I had the verdure alla griglia (grilled vegetables) and the spaghetti with the pesto that had tomatoes in it. So good!

Pros: separate vegan menu, nice location

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