I'm putting this in the "finally giving back to the community" category.
After years of going to Chowhound while out and about on business in strange cities in towns, and *never* being let down, I found myself struggling to find a place to eat while in Taormina, Sicily a few weeks back.
Searching the board, I quickly discovered that I was heading into a tourist trap (true) that while beautiful (very true), was filled with mediocre restaurants with expensive prices. Not very Chowhoundy if you ask me.
Enough with my story. Thanks to our hotel, we found two great places to eat. The first, I *highly* recommend - in fact, it was some of the tastiest food I have *ever* eaten.
It's called "U Disiu Osteria Siciliana" or just "U Disiu". It's located on Via A. Arcageta, 9, just off the main street. (map here - http://tinyurl.com/2agnnx - actually, it's a little bit south of the arrow). FANTASTIC pistachio pasta dishes (they are a must try), freshly prepared with pistachio's from a very specific town on the island. The house antipasti was incredible, and the service was wonderful as well. Best of all, it's VERY affordable - cheap by Taormina standards. We loved it so much, we ate there twice. Very casual, and nothing fancy - I would classify this place as a true Chowhounder's type of place - run by what appears to be a family.
We also ate at Tiramisu Ristorante, Via Cappuccini, 1. Very good, but no where as good as U Disiu, and much more expensive. It was more formal too. Still, we enjoyed it.
So, there you have it. Taormina is beautiful, and now you have somewhere to eat and not be let down.