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Sicilian restaurants we recommend have been thoroughly enjoyed. We like to book restaurants in anticipation for our guests but sometimes the concierge in your hotel may hold more weight when booking at the last minute.

Here is just a short introduction to the foods of Sicily.

Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Goths, Byzantines, Moors, Normans, Swabians, French and Spaniards have all occupied Sicily, so even 3000 years from the first invasions, Sicilian cuisine is the most interesting of all the Italian regions as these empires have all left their influences.

Sicily's products come from rich volcanic soil (Etnas Eruptions are spread all over the Island) and grows with the help of the wonderful climate. Since Sicily is an island the seafood is fresh and extraordinary. In Sicily very little fruit or vegetables are imported from outside so everything tends to be seasonal. Sicily is also home to more than 30 percent of the organic farm production of Italy. There are over 6500 organic farm estates in Sicily. Here are just some of the specialities you can enjoy while you are with us in Sicily.

Antipasti Melanzane parmigiana: sliced aubergine cooked in olive oil with tomato basil and parmesan, baked in the oven. Caponata: mixed aubergine, olives, tomatoes, celery, garlic cooked in olive oil. Peperonata: green and red peppers, grilled skinned and cooked in olive oil. Insalata di mare: seafood salad normally including: squid, octopus, clams. Crudo. In Sicily Raw seafood is beyond reproach, perhaps the best in the world.

Primi Pasta alla Norma: a tomato/basil sauce with fried aubergine named after Bellini's opera. Involtini di melanzane: spaghetti with tomato sauce rolled in cooked aubergine, baked with extra cheese. Pasta con le sarde: with fresh sardines, wild fennel, pine nuts and raisins. Spaghetti alle seppie: with black cuttlefish ink. Pennette all'isolana: with tuna, tomatoes, capers, mint and olives. Secondi Fritto misto: deep-fried fish and seafood. Pesce Spada: grilled with oil and lemon juice. Salsicce: pure pork(normally) sausages, sometimes with wild herbs. Involtini: meat normally Veal rolled around stuffing. Dolci Cannoli: crisp pastry cylinders, deep fried, then filled with ricotta mixed with sugar and lemon. Cassata siciliana: ricotta ice cream cake, mixed with sugar and vanilla with candied fruit and a hard marzipan icing. Ravioli di ricotta: deep fried pastry cases filled with fresh ricotta, and/or cinnamon, honey, lemon zest. Bucconcini: pastries filled with figs & nuts or orange & almonds. Cubbiata: soft nougat.

OVERVIEW OF SICILY 

Perhaps the most exciting wine region in Italy. The largest, most interesting and beautiful in the Mediterranean Sea. Colonized by Phoenicians, Greeks, Carthaginians, Normans and finally by Garibaldi bringing it into unified Italy in 1860. No country this size has had more influences to bear on  it than Sicily. These influences are so pronounced today in the food, the people and the fascinating mix of incredible sights all bound within this 1000 miles of beautiful coastline. Robertson Wine Tours can plan your Sicilian wine tour and combine this with culinary tours and cooking classes and more importantly with cultural and archaeological sites that are too numerous to name.

We have to state right now that no wine tour to Sicily would be complete without visiting and tastings the wines and wineries of Etna. Mount Etna is Europe's tallest active volcano at 10,930 feet (3330 metres). Wines from Etna are mineral-rich, but like nothing you have ever tasted. Nerello Mascalese and Cappuccio are the red wine varieties of Mount Etna. Sicilian autochthonous (indigenous) grape varieties tend to be for white the Catarratto, the Grillo and the Inzolia. Marsala is made from the Muscat of Alexandria and the wines from Island of Pantelleria come from the Zibibbo, the Sicilian name for the Moscato. Nero d'Avola, a hugely important red variety, is planted extensively and when blended with Frappato you have Sicily's only DOCG wine, the Cerasuolo di Vittoria. International varieties are planted none more so than Syrah, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon. The disastrous 2014 vintage of Italy did not affect Sicily thank goodness. Any wine and culinary themed vacation to Sicily needs time. Don't try to seeing or doing too much. In Sicily less is more. 9 nights is the ideal time frame for a wine tour in Sicily, but we understand that you sometimes do not have that amount of time. If that is the case then we can bring the wines of the other Sicilian wine regions to you and we can concentrate on Etna's wines or base ourselves in Palermo or in one of the incredible wine resorts and discover Sicily from there. We love Sicily … end of story.

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Restaurants in West Sicily

Palermo

L’Ottava Nota
Address: Via Butera, 55 | Palermo, 90133, Palermo, Sicily, Italy
Telephone: +39 091 616 8601
Type of food: Italian, Spanish
Open hours: Tuesday to Saturday from 13:00PM – 15:00PM and from 20:00PM – 23:00PM, Monday only dinner, Friday & Saturday until 23:30PM
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Carizzi d’Amuri
Address: Via Lungarini 21, 90133, Palermo, Sicily, Italy
Telephone: +39 329 134 1439
Type of food: Italian, Sea food,
Open hours: Everyday from 19:00PM – 2:00AM, closed on Tuesdays
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Trattoria ai Cascinari
Address: Via d’Ossuna, 43, 90138, Palermo, Sicily, Italy
Telephone: +39 091 651 9804
Type of food: Italian
Open hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 12:30PM – 14:30PM, Wednesday to Sunday 20:00PM – 22:30PM
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Sapori Perduti
Address: Via Principe Di Belmonte, 32, 90139, Palermo, Sicily, Italy
Telephone: +39 091 327387
Type of food: Italian
Open hours: Monday to Saturday from 11:00AM – 23:00PM
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Alle Terrazze
Address: Viale Regina Elena | Presso l’Antico Stabilimento Balneare di Mondello, 90151, Palermo, Sicily, Italy
Telephone: +39 091 626 2903
Type of food: Italian
Open hours: Everyday from 13:00PM – 15:00PM and from 20:00PM – 23:00PM, closed on Tuesdays
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Enoteca Butticè
Address: P.zza S. Francesco di Paola, 12, 90138, Palermo, Sicily, Italy
Telephone: +39 091 2515394
Type of food: Italian
Open hours: Everyday from 18:30PM – 12:00AM
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Enoteca Picone
Address: Via Marconi, 36, 90141, Palermo, Sicily, Italy
Telephone: +39 091 331300
Type of food: Italian
Open hours: Monday to Saturday from 9:00AM – 13:30PM and 16:00PM – 22:00PM, Sunday from 9:30AM – 13:30PM
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Osteria Dei Vespri
Address: P.zza Croce dei Vespri 6 | Sicilia, 90133, Palermo, Sicily, Italy
Telephone: +39 091 617 1631
Type of food: Contemporary Italian
Open hours: Monday to Saturday from 13:00PM – 15:00PM and 20:00PM – 23:00PM
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