Food Recs for Central Sicily?
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!
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!
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!
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
Piazza Garibaldi, 3, Caltanissetta, Sicily 93100, IT
Via Rossini,1, Caltavuturo, Sicily 90022, IT
Piazza Crispi, 5, San Cataldo di Caltanissetta, Sicily 93017, IT
Corso Paolo Agliata,113, Petralia Sottana Palermo, Sicily 90027, IT
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!