Spinnato Caffè is located in the center of Palermo, in the middle of the flower market in the city. It is a cafe and chocolate shop where you an find coffees and refreshments and try a variety of different chocolate with diverse additives like lemon or pistachio, liquor, etc. There are two terraces, surrounded by the market flowers, which makes the ambient very nice. It is a great place to rest after a long day touring the city.
The Antica Pizzeria Calvin is an place in Trapani, and is said to make the best pizza in the city and really, I have never tasted a pizza like that one I had here. Here is where they serve the authentic pizza ¨trapanesa¨ which is different from any other in any Italian city. It is situated ted on the ground floor of a building on the street Nuncio Nasi, however it resembled a house (as I read, the place used to be a brothel). A long narrow hallway gives access to small rooms which are used for dining (each with 2 or 3 tables). The decor is quite common: paper tablecloths, plastic cups ... Here you can only eat pizza, but there are all kinds of ingredients. There are different sizes, depending on the number of perople (for 2, 3, 4 ...), but always ask for less than you want because they are enormous. The pizzas are round or oval, and are cut into small squares. The dough is thick but super fluffy and crunchy. And the price are very cheap, and with wine we ended up paying 12 € per person. At the entryway there is a small counter where you can order pizzas to take home, as well, which is convenient.
We went to this restaurant based on the recommendation of the receptionist of our hotel because we had arrived at Trapani very late at night, and did not know anything, so we didn´t hesitate to follow his advice. The restaurant was a short distance from where were staying, in the Corso Vittorio Emanuele, and had a terrace by Yolanda Princess Square, where we were seated. We just walked into the restaurant to use the bathroom, but I could see that the decor was that of a sailor tavern, with vaulted ceilings and paintings on the walls related to the ocean and fishing craft. The dishes are traditional Italian dishes, but also they also specialize in fish and cous cous. That day we had not eaten and were so hungry, so we asked for a first and a second plate. The waiter looked confused, because it´s usually typical to ask just for one there. I chose a seafood pasta and then a "tonno" (tuna), which was accompanied by a sort of vinaigrette. We ate very well, everything was delicious, so I recommend this place. This place has also been recommended by the Guide Routard since 2005, so you can count on a good experience.
Catania is a lively and virbant city in Sicily. In the centre of the Piazza Vittorio Emanuele III, at the junction with the famous Via Etna, you can't miss this great bar. It has everything to quench your thirst, and is always full of people of all ages. You can enjoy delicious granitas here. Don't miss it!
The Anticua Foccaceria de San Francesco is one of the most traditional restaurant in Palermo. It first opened in 1834 and was renovated in 1902. It's been handed down for five generations and still serves typical pasta dishes and its signature dish: foccacia bread sandwiches stuffed with braised spleen.
This restaurant is very popular among the workers of Palermo. It serves pizzas, sandwiches and pasta dishes. For 4€, don't expect frills when it comes to the pasta, but it's very family-oriented and hearty cuisine. I especially recommend the delicious involtini di pesce spada (swordfish rolls). The pasta dishes are huge and you'll be more than satisfied. When you enter, first go to the window to order and pay, you'll get a ticket to redeem at the bar. It's usually crowded, but the tables empty frequently. Eating there is immersing yourself in the daily life of Palermo. It's homemade food for a great price. It's also very central, close to the Regional Archaeological Museum (Teatro Massimo).
Ernesto is one of those places popular with locals, where you can try the regional specialties. Here you can have breakfast, lunch, dinner, or just a drink, and relax in the outdoor area with the sea just over the road. I recommend the ice cream, and especially the cannoli which are a true wonder - fresh ricotta cheese which fits perfectly to the wafer, studded with jewel-like pistachios. One is not enough! The heavenly chocolate melts in your mouth. If you're feeling nervous, they also make a mini-version, and if you really want to indulge, they deliver to anywhere in Italy within 12 hours.
The Restaurant Ostaria del Duomo is in the village of Cefalù and next to the lovely Duomo. We took the opportunity to eat on the terrace after visiting the town and the Duomo. The menu features pasta specialties and pizzas. This time we opted for tagliatelle and lasagna, which were good. Prices were normal, although a more expensive than they were in Palermo. The worst thing was that the day was very windy and clear, on the terrace flying napkins, cards, etc.. Otherwise ate well at a reasonable price.
Located near the ports of Trapani, Angelino is a restaurant, pasticheria and rotisserie.
It has two separate areas, one is for breakfast or snacks on foot (mini pizzas, panini, cakes, etc.). The second area is an eating area for lunch and dinner.
It has a very good quality-price ratio. The house specialty is the seafood pasta that I recommend trying.
We arrived in Palermo at lunchtime, so before we started sightseeing in the city center, we saw this restaurant's terrace and decided to have lunch. The restaurant inside is tiny, there are barely 2 or 3 tables and it looks like a tavern, so the terrace is by far the best choice. The restaurant specializes in rice and fish, although since it's an Italian place, there's no shortage of pasta dishes. One of the things that surprised us is that in the street they have a grill where they prepare the fish or grilled meat. The food was not bad, but it took forever to bring it to us (and that was with only one other occupied table) and the service was dismal. The waiter (ve seemed to be the owner) was really rude, before you even finished eating, he came and brought us the bill, literally throwing it at us because we hadn't even asked for it. Of course, we left without coffee or dessert because we were so rushed. In the [poi = 638 231] Antica Gelateria [/ poi] (which is almost right next door) we ate delicious Sicilian cassata cake.
I booked through their website and the service they provided was excellent. They prepared a lovely table on the terrace, overlooking Isola Bella. The food was excellent. We were greeted with free champagne and, while waiting for our food, they brought some biscuits and tomato sandwiches. Then a tuna tartare appetizer for everyone. All the dishes we tried were delicious. Finally, they brought a platter of fruit for everyone - without charging either - and homemade lollipops and candy. Lina, with whom I made the reservation, came to the table and gave us each a bracelet. We were afraid of the bill as we had ordered several bottles of wine, and starters and main courses each. It wasn't even 50 euros per person. Spectacular.
Yesterday, I discovered Capricci di Mare, a cute restaurant in Sferracavallo. It has a terrace overlooking the sea and the picturesque wooden boats lulled by the gentle waves of the sea. The food is just wonderful and the prices are about average. I enjoyed the food so much that I almost went to give my compliments to the chef! A must!
It is the perfect shop to buy typical Sardinian food, it is opposite the fishing port and offers a wide variety of cheeses (pecorino is typical, excellent), pasta, olives, oil, capers, etc etc. There's also typical garlic, that's hanging in long strings, you can buy small bouquets of dried oregano. You can also buy on line.
This weekend I was in Palermo. Our hotel was called Hotel Europa, and the Ristorante-Pizzeria Le Volte is right in front of it, so the first day we decided to dine there as we caught them close at hand. The restaurant has both an indoor and enclosed terrace area. We had dinner on the terrace, which was fine. On the menuyou can find typical Italian specialties as well as a variety of pizzas. We ate two pizzas, one Capricciosa and another four cheese, for 7 € each. He had up to € 4.5, so you could eat well at a cheap price. They were good, but the dough was a little tough, and the knives did not cut anything, so it took a lot to cut. There was a cover charge of 2€ and the Coca Cola and bottle of water costed 2€ as well.
A picturesque corner of Catania, where you can grab a coffee or a pizza in the evening, enjoying a very special view. The terrace is, in fact, overlooking the harbour of Ognina. The restaurant is tastefully furnished, enhanced by the large windows offering beautiful sea views.
If you also enjoy a wonderful sea, relaxing scenery, and swimming in the best sea, a Mediterranean climate and beautiful surroundings .... If you want to satisfy your palate with seafood dishes you will never forget, I recommend that you go for a little walk arounf the Good Holiday by Tratoria in Porto, where you can find all these things and more .... Or a delightful seasoned fish or perhaps a scrumptious shrimp ... Accompanied by a glass of chilled white wine ..... What a pleasure! I recommend it. However, I don´t recommend you go in the sea that day, because you will not come out ....
As Erice is one of the most popular places in Siciliy, its prices tend to overwhelm you. We found this restaurant with a tourist menu for 13 euros so we thought we would give it a try. The menu consisted of an "antipasto", a main course (choice of lasagne, cannelloni or cous cous), and some pastries for dessert. The food was not bad at all, though the presentation of the dishes left much to be desired, so it's a place to get away, fill your stomach a bit without emptying your wallet too much. Despite the okay food, I loved the actual place. It is right on the Erice main street and is a two-story house. Downstairs there is a confectionery parlor (where you can also drink), the restaurant is housed on the top floor. It looked like a typical Sicilian house with its living room, a comfy sofa, typical tables and typical cupboards... and best of all: a terrace with spectacular views across the town and coast.
Warm may be the best word to describe this restaurant near the old port of Palermo. It's easy to find; just go down the Via Vittorio Emanuele to the area of Vucciria market. I was looking for a place to eat and decided, after checking out the menu, to sit on the small terrace. It has a nice interior which opens onto the street with big arches. It's on a quiet street not much traffic despite its closeness to V.Emanuele, which is a welcome change. The waitress, a middle-aged woman ve was very lively and friendly, greeted me quickly and with affection. I had a Moretti beer to accompany my meal of spaghetti with seafood which were very good. Together with a cappuccino, the total price was 19 €, which is not bad considering it is a "restaurant" and not a "trattoria" (which have more affordable prices). After I paid, the woman ve was busy with the other diners, said goodbye and blew two kisses ... so good! :)