The Best Sicilian Restaurants in Palermo and Taormina

Casa Del Brodo

Corso Vittorio Emanuele 175, Vucciria, Palermo
Phone: 091/321655
One of Palermo's oldest restaurants. It sits on the edge of the Vucciria and dates back to 1890. Specialties include pasta alle sarde or the risotto with mushrooms or asparagus.

Antica Focacceria San Francesco

Via Paternostro 58, Kalsa, Palermo
Phone: 091/320264
A bakery with turn-of-the-20th-century wooden cabinets and cast-iron ovens is a local favorite. It serves the snacks that locals love -- and from which you can make an inexpensive meal, like regional specialties such as pani cu' la meusa (boiled, sliced calf's spleen with Parmesan-like cacciocavallo cheese and salt). The timid can opt for the panelle (potato croquettes) instead. Reservations not accepted.

La Mensa del Popolo

Via Mariano Stabile, 58, Palermo
Tel.: 091 325 943
Newly renovated with a lovely garden for al fresco dining during the warmer seasons. Pizzas and regional Sicilian dishes including local wines.

La Dracena

Via Michele Amari 4, Taormina
Phone: 0942/23491
Just behind the castle, this place takes its name from the dragon tree in the garden and is ideal for an alfresco meal. The mezze lune (half-open ravioli) and dishes with zucchini are excellent.

La Giara

Vico La Floresta 1, Taormina
Phone: 0942/23360
Known throughout southern Italy, this is one of Taormina's oldest restaurants, elegant and classical in style. The kitchen blends upscale modern techniques with the simple flavors of traditional specialties. Try the involtini di cernia al finocchietto selvatico (stuffed grouper with wild fennel). You can extend your evening by taking an after-dinner drink at the popular piano bar.

Il Filippino

Piazza Municipio, Lipari
Phone: 090/9811002
Considered the archipelago's best, this restaurant specializes in seafood: the zuppa di pesce and the antipasto platter of smoked and marinated fish are absolute musts. Leave some room for the local version of cassata, accompanied by sweet Malvasia wine from Salina.

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