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ali patts Jan 2, 2007 11:38 AM

Does anyone have any food related recommendations for north-eastern Sicily? (Ingredients or restaurants) I am likely to be staying near Patti (so on the north coast rather than Messina) for a week. All help appreciated as I don't know this corner of Sicily at all!

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    Marco Jan 12, 2007 03:18 PM

    I'll check in the Italian Touring Club guide and post later.

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      ali patts Jan 15, 2007 08:13 AM

      Do you mean 'authentic sicily' - if so, I've got it and will be using so that's ok, but if you have any particular rec's then they'd be appreciated!

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        Marco Jan 16, 2007 12:01 PM

        That's the one. We've haven't spent much time in that part of the island so I really don't have any rec's. How long are you there for and when are you going? You're not far from Cefalu where there is good dining. I have some notes on Cefalu that I can offer.

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          ali patts Jan 24, 2007 04:41 AM

          Unlikely to be in Cefalu as we've been there before, looks like uncharted waters! I will be sure to report back on any finds but I'm not off there until September, just ridiculously excited about the prospect of holiday! Of course, I may sneak off elsewhere in Sicily for a cheeky week in May! If you were going anywhere on the island where would it be? I would have to pay a visit to Modica to Fattoria delle torre and I fancy going to a restaurant in Porto Palo the neame of which escapes me!

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      Nettie Jan 24, 2007 03:54 PM

      Will you be going to the Aeolean Islands? We stayed on Lipari for a few days several years ago, and I could look up where we went. The one that I remember off -hand is La Nassa:
      http://www.lanassa.it/lanassa_ristora...
      We also spent time in Siracusa, which was great, and Taormina, which was beautiful but very touristy.

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        ali patts Jan 25, 2007 04:35 AM

        Might do, depends on how 'holiday mode' we are at that point! It would seem a shame not to as we will be so near the boat, so, if you can recall anywhere that would be great! It's unlikely we will be in Siracusa or Taormina at all this trip - possibly driving through, but if that's the case I already know where we'll be stopping!

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        Marco Jan 28, 2007 05:07 AM

        Marsala is the place that I would head to when I return. I liked the feel of the place a lot. If you are near Mazara, I would head to Ristorante Mounir. The Tunisian-Sicilian chef-owner cooks some fine food.

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          lasiciliana Jan 29, 2007 12:05 PM

          if you can make it to a small town called Porticello, near Bagheria, check out Francu Piscatore Ristorante.... my cousin owns it and it's EXCELLENT. My husband and I, along with my parents, were there in late Sept./early Oct for the festival of the Madonna De Lume it was great!

          my parents were born there and we go visit every few years... we ate at a few other great places but honestly, the best meals were homecooked by family.

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