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Jun 23, 2006 12:34 AM

Great restaurants in Sicilia?

I'm headed to Sicily (and Malta) for about 3 weeks in September. All the guidebook suggestions in terms of restaurants seem a little "advertised." Does anyone have suggestions? I'll be pretty much traveling all around the perimeter of the island, so all areas are pertinent...
Help! I don't want to eat in tourist traps! Fancy and un-fancy places welcome!

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  1. Sant'Andrea next to the Vucciria market in Palermo. It helps if someone in your party speaks Italian because the printed English menu is pretty useless as the kitchen cooks up whatever is fresh at the market on any given day. If you don't speak Italian and are a bit adventurous, just trust the kitchen.

    1. sicily is big.. which side!
      I was recently in Palermo, erice and trapani.

      1. La Cantina Siciliana in Trapani, far southwest of Sicily, is an adorable restaurant with great food, owned by Sicilian Jews.

        The restaurant at the Raya Hotel on Panarea, a small island in the Aeolian archipelago, makes the best tuna steak I've ever had. Freshly caught but not sure if they are serving it anymore due to the tuna population in the Meditteranean at an all time low.

          Also I'd recommnend the Touring Club of Italy's Guide "Authentic Sicily".
          I have practically every guide book on Sicily and this is the best one for restaurants. If you let us know which cities and towns you'll be in that would narrow it some.

          1. Arabesque in Terrasini, which is about 20 minutes by autostrada west of Palermo. I lived in that town for five months and went every couple of weeks. It's a beautiful restaurant, and the fish is just terrific!