Off-shore Islands

Aegadian Islands: FAVIGNANA

Via Cristoforo Colombo 17, 91023 Tel 0923-921 232

One of the best spots for dining in the Aegadian Islands. Fresh fish is served grilled, poached or marinated, but the speciality is raw fish, including tuna tartare, or marinated in a variety of ways, including fish herbs. Lobster soup is a signature dish, as is cous cous with crustaceans. The cellar holds 50 different wines. Closed Oct-Apr.

Aegadian Isladns: LEVANZO Paradiso

Via Lungomare 8, 91023 Tel 0923-924 080

Paradiso cooks fish as it comes off the boats in the nearby port, views of which can be enjoyed from the veranda. Specialities include pasta with pesto trapanese, with tuna and fresh mint, or with mussels and sea urchins, and cous cous with fish. There is a good list of Sicilian wines. Closed mid Nov-Mar.

Aegadian Islands: MARETTIMO Il Veliero

Via Umberto 22, 91023 Tel 0923-923 274

This trattoria on Marettimo, the westernmost of the Aegadian Islands, offers diners a superb sea view. A dozen or so main courses include lobster served with pasta in its own broth and pasta with sardines. Tuna is especially popular, as is Trapani-style cous cous. The list of wines is limited, with about ten regional labels on offer.

Pelagie Islands: LAMPEDUSA I Gemelli

Via Cala Pisana 2, 92010 Tel 0922-970 699

The Island of Lampedusa is closer to the North African coast, so it is no surprise to learn that the fare here is influenced by the cusine of Tunisia. Look for spicy dishes, including octopus, aubergine and sausage, and a Tunisian version of paella. Closed lunch; Nov-May.

Aeolian Islands: FILICUDI Nino Santamaria

Filicudi Porto, 98050 Tel 090-988 99 84

Here you can dine on a terrace that overlooks the brilliant, clear waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea. Specialities include octopus salad, fried calamari (squid) and pasta with swordfish, which you can accompany with some nice local wines. Prices offer some of the best value anywhere. Cash only. Closed Oct-Mar.

Aeolian Islands: LIPARI E Pulera

Via Isabella Conti Vainicher, 98055 Tel 090-981 11 58

Considered one of Lipari’s top restaurants. Here you can dine on a terrace surrounded by a lush garden; each table is covered with vividly coloured ceramic tiles that represent different islands in the Aeolian archipelago. The cusine is traditional Aeolian prepared with a refined touch, and the atmosphere is elegant. Closed lunch; 10 Oct-10 May.

Aeolian Islands: LIPARI La Nassa

Via Franza 36, 98055 Tel 090-981 11 39

Diners can reach La Nassa by walking up the hill. The reward for this effort is a meal on the lovely terrace, in the welcome shade of the garden. This restaurant specializes in traditional Aeolian cusine, with the emphasis on fish. Try some of the Malvasia and other regional wines. Closed Thu in spring; Nov-Mar.

Aeolian Islands: PANAREA Da Pina

Via San Pietro 3, 98050 Tel 090-983 032

Pina offers reliably good dining, which includes typical traditional dishes from the island as well as their own innovative specialities. Try the home-made tagliolini (thin pasta strands) with delicate lemon sauce, which marries happily with fish dishes like the swordfish involtini (lightly braised roulades).

Aeolian Islands: PANAREA Hycesia

Via San Pietro, 98050 Tel 090-983 041

This intimate restaurant is only minutes from the port and the menu reflects the daily catch. Scorpion fish tartare (raw), linguine with asparagus and shrimp, and crustaceans in a cream sauce are some favourites. Reserve ahead – even VIPs compete to score one of the 12 tables. Vast wine list and tasting of olive oil and spirits, too. Closed Nov-Mar.

Aeolian Islands: SALINA Porto Bello

Via Bianchi 1, Santa Maria, 98050 Tel 090-984 31 25

This restaurant is known as much for its gracious service as for its fine cuisine, which one can enjoy on the shaded terrace. Most dishes here are traditional, but there is also some innovative fare, try the tuna in olive oil, sea perch baked with potatoes, or squid with onions and Malvasia wine. Closed Wed (Oct-May); Nov.


Contrada Tracino, 91017 Tel 0923-915 398

On the island of Pantelleria, near an old mill, is this restaurant in a traditional dammuso. Dinner is served on the terrace, from which there is a splendid view. Look for dishes that feature locally grown capers, and finish with a passito wine, for which the island is famous. Closed Nov-Feb.


Via Milano 65, 91017 Tel 0923-912 975

Pantelleria harbour is the backdrop for this restaurant that prepares island specialities. Start with caponata (aubergine stew), then, for your main course, choose between ravioli with ricotta and mint, and fish cous cous. The menu also features various types of fish, including deep-water fish. They have about 15 local and Sicilian wines on the list.

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