Trattoria Monreale: Near the Cathedral
We arrived in Monreale during the cathedral lunch time closure and, being hungry ourself, we decided to have lunch here.
The Enoteca Trattoria has a relaxed atmosphere and it is nicely decorated with local nick-nack from the pheasant world, tools, baskets, lamps. They have lots of tables so it should not be a problem to find a seat.
The owner was welcoming and helpful and the whole place was very clean.
Favorite Dish: We had a insalata siciliana with potatoes olives tomatoes onion
pasta alla norma, the sauce is made with tomatoes and eggplants
sword fish cutlet
wine, water and two limoncello at the end
The bill was 53 euros for two people.
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Taverna del Pavone Trattoria: Taverna del Pavone
Slightly cramped looking inside, but a load of room to the outside, all under a canopy on one of the hottest days during ferragosto. A stone's throw from the Dome / Piazza Gugliemo II /Piazza Vittorio Emanuele, and much more to offer than the rather pizzeria and tavola calda type places we checked out first. One of those times you come away full, and happy, knowing that you have made the right choice !
Favorite Dish: Sicilian favourite Pasta con sarde (sardines) was a nice house recipe with more tomato than most, and desserts were outstanding - strawberry ice cream and melon jelly served with chopped pistachio nuts and sprinkled with cinnamon
Two 660ml Tuborg beers, 2 litres mineral water, coke, one starter two primi & two dolce came in at Eu38.
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Pizzeria Peppino: Good pizzas in a cozy setting
This unpretentious pizzeria was very welcoming on a chilly evening. The first thing you see when you go in is a large pizza oven, and the tempting ingredients laid out on the counter in front of it. There’s a huge selection of pizzas but not a lot else apart from some typical Sicilian starters – but if pizza is what you want, this is a good place to come, and very good value for money. We ate 2 starters (one a mozzarella salad, the other a selection of vegetable antipasti), 2 Quattro Formaggi pizzas, drank a bottle of red wine (the good local Nero d’Avolo) and some mineral water, and paid about 30 Euros including cover and service.
Taverna del Pavonne: Stylish yet simple
We had lunch here on our last day in Sicily and it was probably the best meal we had during our short trip. I started with Sarde a Beccafico (sardines filled with Crumb, Raisin, Pine-seeds and Lemon-juice), followed by Pasta alla Norma, a Sicilian favourite with a tomato, aubergine and basil sauce. Chris had fried Sicilian cheese to start with, and then the Involtini Siciliani. We drank beer with this, and paid 33 Euros which included service and some very good bread.
The décor of the restaurant is stylish in a simple semi-rustic fashion, with a peacock theme throughout.
Favorite Dish: The sardines were excellent - very light and fresh
Taverna del Pavone: It was all GOOD
As I age, I should keep a food diary. I love to eat but my memory for individual dishes is fading. There were 4 of us and we ordered the specialties of the day and other things all passed around. Good (not scroungy ) lamb was one of them! Of course it was Sicilian. The restaurant is touted by the locals with a nod. (It is also listed in the Blue Guide, I have found). If you do not see it, ASK.
Favorite Dish: Everything. It was good cooking.
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