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Mar 29, 2011 02:16 PM

Food Recs for Central Sicily?

Hi There

Lots of great suggestions for coastal areas in Sicily here on the Italian board. But since we're planning to drive from West Coast to East Coast in our eight days on the island in April, we were hoping for some good places (either particular towns or osterie) to stop for lunch inland. Any thoughts? Thanks!

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  1. Really exciting! Do you know what your route will be? There are quite a few restaurants noted in central Sicily in the Restaurant area of the site. If you consider Ragusa and Modica to be inland, there is quite a concentration there and when I was doing this research, the Madonie seemed like it would be an interesting area too.

    Here's the whole array of Sicilian restaurants, on 7 pages.

    Looking forward to the discussion!

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    1. re: jen kalb

      Ragusa and Modica are a bit way south, if OP is taking the Catania-Palermo autostrada. Enna, Piazza Armerina, Calascibetta, Caltanisseta, Prizzi, Bisacquino, and on to Trapani is fairly open and untouristed, with fields of wheat and silent roads. The Madonie are just a short leg north to Polizzi Generosa (worth a detour) and Petralia Sottana. With some family roots in Enna/Valguarnera I'd love to do this myself, so cheers and envy!

      1. re: bob96

        I guess it depends on how much touring the OP is doing. Here are a few Slowfood places in the central part.

        La Rustica di Messina Carmela
        via Gagliano Castel Ferrato 1, Enna, Sicilia 94100, IT

        via Aspromonte,1, Aliminusa,Palermo, Sicilia 90020, IT

        Vicolo Duomo
        Piazza Garibaldi, 3, Caltanissetta, Sicily 93100, IT

        Alter Ego
        Via Rossini,1, Caltavuturo, Sicily 90022, IT

        Piazza Crispi, 5, San Cataldo di Caltanissetta, Sicily 93017, IT

        Petrae Lejum
        Corso Paolo Agliata,113, Petralia Sottana Palermo, Sicily 90027, IT

    2. It's *not* on the autostrada, but I've always thought it would be fun to go to this place:

      It's on the Sicily restaurant map, but it's not in Corleone itself; it's in Ficuzza, which is a hamlet north of Corleone.

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      1. re: zerlina

        yes, looks like breathtaking scenery in that area, too.

        Antica Stazione Di Ficuzza
        Via Vecchia Stazione, Ficuzza, Sicilia 90034, IT

        1. re: jen kalb

          Jen, I've edited the listing to show it under the name and in the location given on the Web site.

        2. re: zerlina

          Antica Stazione is one of my very favorite restaurants and definitely in my top 5 ever in all of Sicily. You can't go wrong here- the ambiance, the service, the wine and the food are all top notch by Sicilian standards.

        3. Hi everyone

          OP here; sorry to disappear. We're really winging it this trip, very last minute! After consulting with friends who have visited Sicily, I think we will start out in Trapani (or Palermo - Ryanair's diverting flights as the airport's been taken over by Italian airforce monitoring Libya -yikes), then drive clockwise around the island. We have eight days.

          Places to see: Trapani (sidetrip to Erice for pastries), Palermo (markets), Scopello (hiking), Taormina (via Bronte for lunch? Although pistachios are not in season right now...), Siracusa, Noto, Ragusa, Agrigento, Marsala (if there's time). So it's really one night in each place, and half days in some. Not as relaxing as staying in one place, but we really want to see lots. And eat lots!!! Preference is for slow food, simple, no frills places. thanks!

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          1. re: Gooseberry

            dont have links for you for Bronte, but here are some places around Etna, including in Randazzo, nearby

            put your locations into restaurant search and you will get reccs in each town.

            I hope you have a wonderful trip and look forward to your report

            1. re: Gooseberry

              I do have some recs I need to look up in my very sophisticated database (ok, business card collection!) for several of the places you mention. When do you leave?

              1. re: vvvindaloo

                In four days!!! Getting v excited. Thanks!