Ionian Coast

ACI CASTELLO Alioto Via Mollica 24-26, 95021 Tel 095-494 444 This seaside village restaurant offers a wide selection of fresh fish and shellfish. Main courses include risotto alla pescatora (rice with fish and seafood); linguine al cartoccio (pasta and seafood steamed inside paper wrapping); and pasta with lobster. End your meal with a delicious strawberry cake or cassata. Closed Tue; 2 weeks Aug. ACIREALE A’Cumarca The main attraction here is the terrace with its view of Etna, the mountains and the sea. The food is traditional and responsibly priced, with antipasti, caponata (aubergine stew), pizza and light snacks being the [...]

Tyrrhenian Coast

CEFALU’ La Brace Via XXV Novembre 10, 90015 Tel 0921-423 570 At this restaurant near the Cathedral, you can enjoy local specialities like stuffed aubergines. Ethnic theme nights on Wednesdays offer Spanish paella, while on Fridays the menu includes cous cous mezzo Tunisino (half Tunisian), the other half being the chef’s own interpretation. Mostly Sicilian wines. Closed Mon; Christmas. CEFALU’ Taverna del Presidente Via Lungomare G. Giardina 163, 90015 Tel 0921-921 359 On Cefalù seafront, this restaurant offers views of the sea and the town, as well as terrace dining in warm weather. The fish, meat and vegetables are all [...]

Western Sicily

CASTELBUONO Nangalarruni Ristorante Via Alberghi 5 (formerly Via delle Confraternite), 90013 Tel 0921-671 428 In the hills southeast of Cefalù, Nangalarruni is ideal for sampling wild mushrooms, including “Basilico”, the “king of mushrooms”, which is prepared with tagliatelle. Wild herbs season the dishes, like Nebrodi pork with almonds and pistachios. Desserts include ricotta pastry and chocolate flan. About 600 international wines on the list. Closed Wed. CASTELLAMMARE DEL GOLFO Torre Bennistra Via Natale di Roma 19, Località Scopello, 91014 Tel 0924-541 128 Reopened in 2005 after an extensive four-year renovation, Torre Bennista has a homely family atmosphere. Antipasti include tuna [...]

Mediterranean Coast

The Valley of the Temples

Visiting Sicily Southern coast, you will be surprised and fascinated by the contradiction characterizing this area. A modern and brutal landscape destruction including ugly illegal buildings dating back to the ’60s and ’80s as well as Gela and Augusta industrial complexes on a side and magic Valley of the Temples surrounded by almond orchards and olive grooves on the other. These stunning temples are a wonderful evidence of Greek colonisation in Sicily, standing silent and indifferent towards the mutable modern landscape. Even the nature landscape is full of contradiction: empty and desert wastelands in the inside and humid areas in [...]