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nezzie Jun 2, 2013 09:24 AM

Looking for suggestions for really great Sicilian restaurants in NYC -
AUTHENTIC SICILIAN COOKING A MUST! Surely there must be a couple but I have read over menus and found nothing that compares with the real thing! Help appreciated!

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    thegforceny RE: nezzie Jun 2, 2013 09:31 AM

    If you mean ALL of NYC, try Ferdinando's. Search/post on Outerboroughs board for details.


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      foodiemom10583 RE: nezzie Jun 2, 2013 09:42 AM

      It's in Brooklyn, but it's authentic: http://www.joesofavenueu.com/

      1. sgordon RE: nezzie Jun 2, 2013 09:57 AM

        Enoteca Maria on Staten Island - the chefs rotate every night, and every one of them is an Italian grandma from a different region. Giovanna and Teresa are both from Sicily, so call and see what night one of them will be in the kitchen.

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          bob96 RE: nezzie Jun 2, 2013 03:07 PM

          Here's a place a knowing Sicilian-American pal of mine enjoyed. Not been there, but believe it's a branch of a place in Taormina. http://www.granducadisicilia.com/

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            sea97horse RE: nezzie Jun 3, 2013 10:03 AM

            What about Eolo?

            1. ttoommyy RE: nezzie Jun 3, 2013 10:21 AM

              Sicilian as in Italian-American in the US or Sicilian as in what you might expect if you were actually eating in Sicily? If it is the latter, then you might try Granduca di Sicilia. We had a nice meal here and they profess to be authentic, but I have never been to Sicily so I cannot vouch for that claim.


              Editied: sorry, I did not see that someone else already mentioned this restaurant. Still, we liked it.

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                foodiemom10583 RE: nezzie Jun 3, 2013 10:51 AM

                Joe's of Avenue U is extremely authentic. They're one of the few places that serves panelle. The Brooklyn space is really casual. This article goes into some detail about the dishes: http://mobile.newyork.seriouseats.com.... The article is a few years old, so obviously the prices have changed.

                1. Ziggy41 RE: nezzie Jun 3, 2013 04:13 PM

                  +1 for Enoteca Maria. Close to the ferry. Menu and todays nonna are posted daily on their site. Portion of the menu is there every day and the rest is only today. Great rabbit specialties, meatballs, Burrata and more


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                    sgordon RE: Ziggy41 Jun 3, 2013 04:44 PM

                    My only thing with Enoteca Maria is sometimes they don't update the website quick enough - i.e., I'm looking at it right now and the menu is dated June 2nd, which is yesterday. And I'm sure they're already a couple hours into dinner service. So you really need to call to find out who's cooking more often than not.

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                      Ziggy41 RE: sgordon Jun 3, 2013 05:00 PM

                      They are closed today. The site should be updated on time, at least from my experience it was.
                      Cash only and pray that the owner is in good mood. Otherwise, brace yourself for full volume heavy metal, or whatever he feels like playing that day. If you ask him to lower to volume, he will point you to the door. But the food is really good.
                      I would also like to see more nonnas from the north, But I wouldn't dare mentioning to him

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                        sgordon RE: Ziggy41 Jun 3, 2013 05:23 PM

                        Ah, that would explain. It happened to me once before, though - maybe it was also a Monday.

                        Yeah, the owner has his "rules" and such - one good thing to know in advance is they have a two hour limit on tables. If you make a rez for 7:00 you can't linger past 9:00. A bit of a pain, as dinner with some of my friends (especially if we go with a group) can easily go three or four hours once the wine starts flowing...

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                          Ziggy41 RE: sgordon Jun 3, 2013 06:25 PM

                          And he knows a thing or 2 about wine. As the name implies

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                      bob96 RE: Ziggy41 Jun 3, 2013 09:19 PM

                      How does Enoteca solve the OP's request? I can't see anything on the menu shown that is clearly Sicilian--it's a huge, eclectic offering from many regions and traditions, even if many of the dishes sound interesting. The nonna of the day (am I alone in finding this a tired by now gimmick?) is from Bergamo, and it's hard spot many things from Bergamo or Lombardia, either.

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                        Ziggy41 RE: bob96 Jun 4, 2013 04:43 AM

                        The menu is very full I agree. Half of the menu rotates while the other half stays the same. The second half of the menu on the site that mentions the courses (first plate, second plate, etc) thats the nonna of the day menu. You can read the bios of the nonnas from Sicily (about 3 of them) and see what they may be cooking.

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                          sgordon RE: bob96 Jun 4, 2013 08:08 AM

                          Tired? How many other restaurants have a "nonna of the day" in NYC?

                          Yeah, it's a little confusing - much of the menu is pretty straight-forward Italian-American stuff, with a few of the owner's recipes thrown in for good measure - there's a few "di Joe" dishes on there, mainly lamb offal. It's sometimes not clear which dishes are regular menu items and which are the daily specials, it would be better if they made a clearer delineation on the menu.

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                            foodiemom10583 RE: sgordon Jun 4, 2013 09:04 AM

                            Joe's in Brooklyn (now with two Staten Island locations as well) has the same Sicilian grandma cooking every day. Not quite as attention-grabbing as Enoteca Maria. :)

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                        nezzie RE: nezzie Jun 4, 2013 11:36 AM

                        Thanks to all who replied - but to clarify - NOT looking for Italian-American cuisine....rather true Sicilian, like I'm eating in Sicily! Italian-American cuisine just won't do it for me!
                        Granduca di Sicilia sounds promising.......will try that first!

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                          bob96 RE: nezzie Jun 4, 2013 12:24 PM

                          However...should you find yourself on the corner of Union and Hicks Sts. in Brooklyn, stop in Ferdinando's Foaccaceria for fairly true to form Palermitano street foods: panelle, vastedd', arancini, and caponatina, in an almost 100-year old landmark of Sicilian-American history.

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                          swannee RE: nezzie Jun 11, 2013 07:16 AM

                          It's in Manhattan, the Leopard--much to my surprise--serves quite authentic Sicilian food (in the location of Cafe des Artistes) on W. 67th, if quite pricey because of the location. I have spent a lot of time in Sicily and it is really rare to find Sicilian food even in Mainland Italy, much less here.

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