- Al Fogher (Piazza Armerina): There's another reason to come here besides the mosaics. In the heartland of the island, chef Angelo Treno honors the local flavors, but he's also traveled the world in search of new ones. The combinations of the two are simply divine.
- Il Duomo (Ragusa Ibla; tel. 0932-651265): One of the finest restaurants in southern Sicily, Il Duomo has been awarded Michelin stars. Its greatest devotees maintain that it is the best restaurant in Sicily, serving a deluxe island cuisine. In many cases, chefs perpetuate age-old cooking traditions in turning out their sublime culinary offerings.
- Osteria dei Vespri (Palermo; tel. 091-6171631): In the stables of the princely palazzo where scenes from The Leopard were filmed, you'll find one of Palermo's finest restaurants. Brothers Andrea and Alberto Rizzo keep the devotees coming by taking classic Palermitan staples to the next level with variations that are innovative yet tied to tradition.
The Best Traditional Eateries
- Al Duomo (Taormina): In the medieval quarters of Taormina, the time-tested recipes and products of eastern Sicily are the main staples here. Where else would you find a salad with blood-red oranges?
- Don Camillo (Syracuse): One of the city's finest and most affordable dining rooms was constructed on the foundations of a 15th-century monastery. The cuisine of seafood and Sicilian recipes is among the most creative in town. It's a charmer.
- Monte San Giuliano (Erice; tel. 0923-869595): In the medieval hilltop village of Erice, the most spectacular in Sicily, you can dine at this undiscovered garden hideaway after making your way through narrow labyrinthine streets. Most of the foodstuffs are plucked from the sea. Some of the dishes, such as a seafood couscous, are inspired by North Africa.
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