Mediterranean Coast & Interior

AGRIGENTO Leon d’Oro

Viale Emporium 102, San Leone, 92100 Tel 0922-414 400

On the road that links the Valleys of the Temples to the sea, this local favourite offers meat and fish dishes. The popular antipasti platter includes mussels with lemon liqueur and fava purèe. Those who need a break from seafood could try the fillet steak with capers and olives. About 300 types of wine from Sicily and beyond. Closed Mon; mid Oct-mid Nov.

AGRIGENTO Trattoria del Pescatore

Via Lungomare 20, Lido di San Leone, 92100 Tel 0922-414 342

Fish, and only fish, is on the menu at this trattoria: raw, cooked or with pasta. The tranquil interior (no TV, no family receptions or events) suits the clientele of local politicos, couple, business people and tourists. The tables outside have a view of seaside amusement rides and the crowded seaside pavement in summer. Closed Wed in winter; Jan, Nov.

AGRIGENTO Villa Athena

Via dei Templi 53, 92100 Tel 0922-596 288

The view alone is reason enough to come here. Enjoy your dinner alfresco, in the carefully tended Mediterranean garden at sunset or in evening, when the temple is illuminate. The Menu and wine list are somewhat limited. Citrus trees, exotic flowers, pool flowers, pool and spectacular view of the Temple of Concord. Arrive in time for the sunset to experience a breath taking view over the Temples.

CALTANISSETTA Cortese

Viale Sicilia 166, 93100 Tel 0934-591 686

Regional cooking with a focus on meat and local vegetables is offered at this restaurant. Ditalini (small pasta tubes) with broad beans and salted, aged ricotta is a speciality, as is cravatte (pasta bow ties) served with aubergines and tomato. Don’t miss the cannoli and other desserts. The wine list includes about 80 labels. Closed Mon; Aug.

ENNA Centrale

Piazza VI Dicembre 9, 94100 Tel 0935-500 963

Try a 15th century pasta dish made with wild fennel and fresh ricotta, or ravioli with lemon cream. Vegetarians will appreciate the wide assortment of seasonal vegetables, while meat eaters can turn to steak or local boiled beef with oranges or peaches, depending on the season. Two tasting menus and 49 Sicilian wines. Closed sat lunch.

LICATA La Madia

Via Filippo Re Capriata 22, 92027 Tel 0922-771 443

This elegant and tranquil restaurant is decorated with frescoes that show town scenes. The chef experiments with original recipes but maintains some traditional touches, like home-made pasta and bread. This baked twice daily: first at lunch, then a new batch at dinner. The fisherman’s catch determines the day’s fish specials.

PIAZZA ARMERINA Al Fogher

Contrada Bellia, SS 117 bis (towards Aidone), 94015 Tel 0935-684 123

A rustic, cosy tavern with elegantly appointed tables and refined cuisine. Gnocchetti (tiny pasta dumplings) with porcini mushrooms, braised veal with truffles and mushrooms, or Nebrodi pork coated with pistachios and tuna bottarga (roe) are some of the divine flavour combinations. Closed Mon, Sun dinner; usually mid Aug.

SCIACCA Hostaria del Vicolo

Vicolo Sammaritano, 92019 Tel 0925-230 71

Located in Sciacca’s historic centre, this rustic eatery specializes in fish-based cusine. Some dishes are traditional, while the chef has creatively reinterpreted others. Popular choices include fresh tagliatelle with prawns and courgette, as well as angler fish in wine sauce. The cellar offers about 150 wines.

SCIACCA Villa Palocla

Contrada Raganella Ovest, 92019 Tel 0925-902 812

Set in an 18th century villa, this restaurant specializes in fish, often grilled as a main course. Pasta like local busiati (sliced tubes) might be combined with sardines or with bottarga, sea urchins and eggplant. At lunch or dinner, you can dine inside or in the garden, which has citrus trees and a view of the mountains. Closed lunch in winter.

SUTERA Ristorante Civiletto

Via San Giuseppe 7, 93010 Tel 333-339 26 49

In the former Arab quarter, this beloved restaurant showcases local ingredients. All creatively transformed into new variations that show great international flair. There are two tasting menus available where you can sample a range of dishes. The chef-sommelier stocks 100 regional and national wines, plus international wines based on demand.

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