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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 East Sicily

Modica

Antica Dolceria Bonajuto 
Address: Corto Umberto I 159, Modica
Telephone: +39 0932941225
Type of food: Pasteries, specialized in chocolates
Open hours: Everyday from 9:00AM – 20:30PM
TripAdvisor Comments
“Antica Dolceria Bonajuto is not a restaurant. It is may be the oldest place in town for the famous Modica chocolate, sold in beautiful boxes and perfect for a gift.”

Fattoria delle Torri
Address: Vico Napolitano 14, Modica
Telephone: + 39 0932751286
Type of food: Italian
Open hours: Everyday from 10:00AM – 15:00PM and 18:00PM – 23:00PM
TripAdvisor Comments
“It is hard to find Fattoria delle Torri, but believe me it’s worth all the hassle. Quiet and unassuming with a delightful terrace/orchard. We love it for lunch and dinner.”

Castiglione di Sicilia

Cave OX
Address: Via Nazionale 159 Solicchiata, 95012, Castiglione di Sicilia, Sicily, Italy
Telephone: +328 1349683
Type of food: Italian, Wine bar, Pizzeria
Open hours: –
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Randazzo

Trattoria San Giorgio e il Drago
Address: Piazza San Giorgio, 28, 95036 Randazzo, Sicily, Italy
Telephone: 
+39 095 923972
Type of food: Italian
Open hours: Everyday 12:30PM – 14:30PM and 19:30PM – 22:30PM, Tuesday closed
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Ragusa Ibla

Il Duomo
Address: Via Capitano Bocchieri, 31, 97100, Ragusa, Sicily, Italy
Telephone: +39 0932 65 12 65
Type of food: Italian
Open hours: Tuesday to Saturday from 12:00PM – 16:00PM and 19:30PM – 12:00AM, Monday only open for dinner and Sunday closed
TripAdvisor Comments
“Il Duomo is the most expensive restaurant in Sicily. It is also the most premiered. If money is not a consideration then this is the place.”

Taormina

Nero d’Avola
Address: Piazza San Domenico, 2 b, 98039, Taormina, Sicily, Italy
Telephone: 0942 628874
Type of food: Italian
Open hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 12:30PM – 15:00PM and 19:30PM – 23:30PM
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Osteria Rosso di Vino
Address: Vico Spuches,8, 98039, Taormina, Sicily, Italy
Telephone: 0942628653
Type of food: Italian
Open hours: Everyday from 11:30AM – 15:00PM and 19:00PM – 12:AM, Tuesday only lunch
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Ristorante Tiramisù
Address: Via Cappuccini, 1, Taormina, Messina
Telephone: 0942 24803
Type of food: Italian
Open hours: Open for lunch and dinner, Thursday closed
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Tischi Toschi Trattoria
Address: Vico Francesco Paladini, 3 – 98039 Taormina
Telephone: (+39) 339 3642088
Type of food: Italian
Open hours: –
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Linguaglossa

Shalai Restaurant
Address: via guglielmo marconi 25 | 95015 linguaglossa | ct | italy
Telephone: +39 095 643128
Type of food: Italian
Open hours: Everyday from 8:00PM – 10:30PM, Saturday & Sunday from 13:00PM – 14:30PM
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Solicchiata

Terra Mia
Address: SP 64, 95012 Solicchiata, Castiglione di Sicilia, Sicilia, Italia
Telephone: +39 393 906 9704
Type of food: Italian
Open hours: Tuesday to Saturday from 11:00AM – 22:30PM and Sunday from 11:00AM – 15:00PM
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Siracusa

Le Vin de l’Assassin
Address: Via Roma 115, Syracuse
Telephone: 0931 66159
Type of food: Italian, French
Open hours: –
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La Terrazza sul Mare
Address: Viale Mazzini 12, 96100, Syracuse, Sicily, Italy
Telephone: 390931464600
Type of food: Italian, Sea food
Open hours: Everyday from 13:00PM – 14:30PM and 19:30PM – 22:45PM
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Restaurants in Central Sicily

Piazza Armerina

Al Fogher
Address:Strada Statale 117/BIS, 94015 Piazza Armerina, Sicily
Telephone: +39 0935684123
Type of food: Italian
Open hours: Lunch from 12:30PM – 14:30PM and dinner from 19:30PM – 22:30PM, Sunday only open for lunch and Monday only open for dinner
TripAdvisor Comments
“Our go to restaurant for before or after visiting Villa Romana del Casale. Sophisticated dishes. Lamb and quail have been superb. They have a great tasting menu but we are normally a little too tight on time to give its due time.”

Masseria Bannata
Address: C/da Bannata SNC | SS 117 Bis Km 41 – Piazza Armerina, 94100, Enna, Sicilia, Italia
Telephone: Mob. +39 328 2988448 / Mob. +39 329 6274918
Type of food: Traditional Sicilian
Open hours: –
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La Madia
Address: Corso Filippo Re Capriata, 22, 92027 Licata, Sicily, Italy
Telephone: +39 0922771443
Type of food: Italian
Open hours: Monday to Saturday from 12:00AM – 14:30PM and 19:00PM – 22:30PM
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Agrigento

Re Di Girgenti 
Address: Via Panoramica Valle dei Templi 5, Agrigento
Telephone: +39 0922 401388
Type of food: Italian, Seafood
Open hours: Everyday from 12:30PM – 15:00PM and 19:30PM – 23:00PM, closed on Tuesdays
TripAdvisor Comments
“Outstanding views over the Valley of Temples and extremely well regarded throughout Sicily”

La Terrazza Degli Dei
Address: Via Passeggiata Archeologica, 33 cap. 92100 Agrigento – Sicilia
Telephone: 0922 596288
Type of food: Italian
Open hours: Everyday from 12:30PM – 18:30PM and from 20:00PM – 22:30PM
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Scoglitti

Il Sakalleo
Address: Piazza Cavour 12, 97019 Scoglitti, Sicily, Italy
Telephone: +39 0932 871688
Type of food: Italian
Open hours: Everyday from 12:30PM – 14:30PM and 20:00PM – 22:30PM, closed on Mondays
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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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