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Dec 16, 2006 08:58 PM

Dining in and about Sicily

This is going to be our first trip to Sicily. Any dining suggestions. We will have a car and are flexible. Food and wine junkies. Grazie!

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  1. There are a number of previous posts to have a look at but some more info on how long you are there and where you are staying would be useful. If you're going to be in Trapani it is quite a long way to one of my favourite restaurants! (Probably 4 and a half hours!) Sicily is bigger than you think. Trust me, I found out the hard way!

    1. Thank you. We are driving from end to the other. I understand what you are saying.

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      1. re: tapdancer

        do you know the name of the restaurant in Porto Palo? Would like to try it next trip. thanks

      2. ok, I suggest you search with 'erice', 'taormina', 'palermo' and 'siracusa' that should you get you all manner of recent posts which cover other towns as well as those mentioned. If I were going back to Sicily tomorrow (don't tempt me) then Sant'Andrea in Palermo and Fattoria delle torre in Modica would be on my list.
        I don't know where you are based (home - US or UK) but there is a well known UK chef Giorgio Locatelli who has a friend with a restaurant in Porto Paolo that is supposed to be fantastic that I want to try.
        Other than that, if you are self catering at all - particularly around Siracusa then go to the market on Ortygia and buy swordfish. Eat some for me! It was so sweet!
        Hope that helps, if you want to get more specific, I'll see what I can do!

        1. We thought lunch at Don Giuliani in Erice was fabulous. Have the sardines and the pasta trapani. Then (and I'm not a fan) go upstairs to the Cafe Maria and have a cannoli. Just made my first trip to Sicily, liked the food, enjoyed the adorable coastal towns but thought the driving was truly hairy. They upgraded us to a larger car, which wasn't great since you're squeezing through narrow streets and lanes everywhere.

          1. Erice is the cutest little town...and walking on the cobblestone streets, make sure to wear comfy shoes.

            I don't remember the name of the place where we had lunch but it was delicious...we had the pasta with the sardines. YUM! and my husband was in his glory because they had a dessert named after him...the Genovese (basically a cream puff).

            Nello's Restaurant in Sciaccia was delicious too but that's on the southern coast. Talk about a BEAUTIFUL town!

            We rented a car and drove all over sicily and it's definately bigger than you thing. But you just go from one gorgeous place to the next...and the highways are pretty easy to follow.