L'antico Arco: Pick your fish and they grill it
I wish I can recall where this restaurant is exactly! we were strolling in the area between Teatro Massimo and the main Post Office in via Roma, there is a street where there are a bunch of kebak stores lined up and we bumped in this restaurant-grill.
It is a family run restaurant they have all kind of meat and fish on display, you look, choose what you want and they cook it for you to perfection.
It was one of the better dinner during our three days visit to Palermo! And very reasonable priced too.
They have a covered area outdoor where we actually had dinner in December.
Favorite Dish: We had fried artichoke and caponata as appetizer, a grilled sea bass and a grilled calamaro.
two large beers and dessert was a mouthwatering cannolo.
our bill in December 2011 was 44 euros in two people.Related to:
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Gastronomia Gioe: Dining in the market
During our wondering around the Ballarò market we saw this delicatessen shop that had also a bunch of tables inside. We are curious so we took a closer look and decided to go back for lunch.
They offer a daily menu of all kind of specialties, they vary according to the season and what they can find in the market.
There is always a 10 euros Menu del giorno, Menu of the day, that consist of pasta, a fish dish with salad, water and wine are to pay a side.
Favorite Dish: They their express cannolo, to die for!Related to:
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Osteria lo Bianco: Palermo traditional
Osteria Lo Bianco has reopened in 2011 after some renovation works. It is one of the oldest traditional restaurant in Palermo and it has been recommend to me by a local friend.
The dining room is warm welcoming and decorated with lots of old photographs, local pottery and antiques.
The staff was friendly and helpful even if the restaurant was packed full. Lot of locals seems to hang out here and it is highly suggested to book in advance, if you do not speak Italian you can ask your hotel staff to make the reservation for you.
Favorite Dish: The appetizers were exceptional, we had panelle, crocchè and a eggplant involtino.
Fish was also very good, a huge grilled calamaro and a seafood skewer.Related to:
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Franco U' Vastiddaru (Il panellaro): Best street food in town
If you want to try Palermo street food you have to come here! this small shop has been here for a long time and became a food institution!
It is located in Corso Vittorio Emanuele in the corner of Piazza Marina. The location is quite nice.
There are a awning and a bunch of tables, always packed with people.
Custom is you first grab your food and than you can get the table, locals will not be happy if you hog it too early :-)
Favorite Dish: Franco cook and serve all the traditional Palermo street's food items:
- Spleen sandwich
- Panelle, fried cheek peas paste
- Arancini, fried rice balls with or without cheese or meat inside
- Cardoni, fried cardoons in batter EXCEPTIONAL!
Their menu is big and hung on the wall by the counter so you can decide what to try and see the prices. It is really inexpensive and deliciousRelated to:
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Street's vendors: Pani ca Meusa
I like food and every time I visit a new place I make sure I know what is the local specialty and where to find it. While we were preparing our trip to Palermo it was soon clear that they like street food a lot.
The most popular and specific of them all is "Panino con la milza - Spleen Sandwich" or "Pani ca meusa" in the local dialect. It consists of a soft breadflavoured with sesame seeds stuffed with chopped veal's lung and spleen that had been boiled and after fried in the lard.
It is easy to find in the markets or in small shops all around town.
I know it does not sound very appealing but everybody who tried it keep telling me it is delicious! sorry.. i did not made it!!Related to:
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Bye Bye Blues: Brilliant food!
Despite the decidedly un-Sicilian name and the unremarkable location, this recommendation from our B&B hostess was another absolute winner. The discreet exterior opens into a long, elegant room, simply decorated - all very cool and calm. The welcome is quite cool and calm too, as is the atmosphere. The tables are all full however, and booking is essential - an evening at Bye Bye Blues is all about good eating and everyone hereabouts knows it.
Everything on the menu sounds delicious. It's the usual pattern of antipasti, primi piatti (pastas and risottos) and secondi piatti of meat and fish with a small selection of desserts to follow. What the menu doesn't mention is the succession of tiny, perfect between-course treats that are presented to everyone. First to come was a minute sfincione (something like a pizza), a trio of different marinated olives and a sliver of peppered pecorino. Between our antipasti and primi piatti came a wee scoop of minty sorbet and a couple of other delicious little morsels, and when another small serve of sorbet (melon this time) was served after the primi, we were rather glad we'd decided against a secondi piatti and gone straight on to dessert instead. Just to finish it all off, after dinner coffee came with a selection of (again tiny) beautiful biscotti and chocolates.
The wine list was very extensive and packed with interesting wines. We opted for a delicious rose, recommended by our waiter and an excellent choice.
And, no, it wasn't cheap, but it certainly wasn't overly expensive either, just really good value for money. It's no wonder Bye Bye Blues has a reputation for being one of Sicily's best restaurants.
Favorite Dish: The amuse-bouches stick in my mind, I know everything we ate was delicious. I seem to remember having a fantastic octopus risotto myself and a wonderful lemon and almond cake but I can't for the life of me remember what the others ate. I do know that when we go back to Palermo (and that is a must), dinner at Bye Bye Blues is certainly going to be on the agenda.Related to:
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Frigittoria da Filippo: A good and cheap place for panini!
This place makes good panini for 2 Euro (for example calamari). All what they have exposed on their selling table (crochette) loks better than in other places, more like made at home.
One glass of vino sfuso costs just 1 Euro.
Favorite Dish: You better come before 1 pm, otherwise most of the things will be sold out!Related to:
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Gellataria: Ice cream
Sicily is famed for its ice cream, and justly so. Visiting Palermo on a chilly weekend in November might not be the best occasion to sample it, but I didn’t intend to let that stop me! The first place we tried, the Bar Duomo by the cathedral, was in the sunniest spot, but the waiter claimed it was too late in the year to be serving ice cream. However we decided that was just an excuse, as there was plenty on offer elsewhere and lots of people seemed as keen to eat it as we were. We found some delicious flavours at the Taverna dell’Allegria in the Piazza San Domenico – I can particularly recommend the coffee one with real coffee beans for all you caffeine addicts, and the chocolate was dark and rich.
Al Tarì: You haven't to miss it
My partner eat here all the time is in Palermo and in one of our Sicily tour he took me there for my birthday....it was a unique experience!
They started with a lot of little appetizer dishes...they said: "Only to taste!"...fride moscardini( little octopuses), little arthicoques.......12 little plates for two.
Then the 1st entreè: only to taste...2 types of home made pasta with fresh fish sauce....incredible!
Then the 2nd entreè: 3 different type of seafood, like a big grilled fish for two, a special fride paranza and a fish dishes with pachino tomatose and capperi.
If you have space in your stomach you can end with local cheese, some season fruit ( in october there was incredible sweety figues) and the deserts....sicilian home made desert, like a little cassata or a cannolo siciliano.
Everything for 18 euros!
Favorite Dish: If you eat there don't have a look to the menue! ask to the owner tho choose for you what they have prepared for the day...I will be estonished by to ammount of little things they offer you...but at he end you fill full!
the food quality is high, for the fish they buy only the fresh local products, cath of the day....and the cooker is a great sicilian cooker!
They are very warm people, and explaine and help you on the wine-food combinations.
Kursaal Kalhesa: Hidden away
Lunch at the Kursaal Kalhesa was a recommendation of our B&B hostess and we were so pleased we followed her advice! This is a lovely place to relax, enjoy good food, and so much more. Entering through a vast, vaulted stone-walled hall, once an Arab palace, now part bookshop, part coffee house, part bar and live music venue, all furnished with velvet-cushioned couches, we made our way upstairs to where tables were set out in the lovely shady courtyard built right within the city's Spanish walls.
A large, tiled room on this upper level is put to use when the weather turns too cool for alfresco dining.
It was such a pleasant oasis from the narrow streets, noise and bustle of the city, our planned quick lunch turned into something long and leisurely as we found ourselves more and more inclined to stay sitting in the cool shade and let the sight-seeing go hang. Another glass of wine? a second cup of coffee? Why not? We were on holiday. We were also the last people in the place but that was OK too.
The Kursaal Kalhesa wears many hats. By all accounts, it's the haunt of Palermo's young trendies at night, with a reputation for some of the best food in Palermo. Depending on your taste, and the time of day, it's also the place to come for a coffee and to read an English newspaper, take some time out from sightseeing and catch up on your emails, sip an sophisticated evening cocktail or listen to late night live music.
Favorite Dish: The food lived up to the surroundings. Handmade pasta with a light buttery artichoke sauce for me, lentils cooked with squid ink for MrL and a sea urchin risotto for our friend. A tomato salad that was the very essence of how tomatoes ought to taste. Delicious desserts all round - though the details escape me - gelato always for MrL but mine was something peachy. Crisp white wine and excellent coffee - and a bill that was only marginally more than others we had paid in much more ordinary settings for somewhat more ordinary fare.
Ristorante Taverna Siciliana: A typical tourist establishment
The restaurant is nicely positioned in the middle of a broad pedestrianised street with tables placed within a cordoned area on the pavement. In general this place is nothing to write home about - there are a million and one similar places out there and each of us has been to a mediocre eatery at some time or another! The service and the food were very average but acceptable....just.
Trattoria al Grattacielo: Cucina casalinga siciliana
When old Cliffie first went to Sicily more than 40 years ago, the Trattoria al Grattacielo didn't even have a name but just a little sign which said "Vini". Customers came in with a bottle, which was filled from one of the huge barrels. Two brothers ran the place: one was the cheerful waiter and the other sang opera as he cooked in the tiny kitchen. But time passes: the singer died and his brother sold the place to a family who redecorated and reopened. It looks pricey but it definitely isn't. Trust your waiter: he'll recommend an excellent meal.
francu u pescatore: fish fish and more fish
Only the freshest fish is served at Francu u Pescatore in Porticello, on the outskirts of Palermo.
The restaurant is right by the harbour., with a beautiful terrace for al fresco dining.
Choose your dinner straight off a chilled marble slab. 10 minutes and voila!!. A superb plate of mixed fish or the fish of your particular choice. All cooked to perfection. Fresh lobster, crab, mussels etc.etc.
This is not a tourist restaurant - its off the main tourist map, but it is well worth a trip to Porticello just for dinner.
Francu(using the Sicilian dialect)or Franco speaks good English and you will receive a warm welcome.
You will be surrounded by Sicilian families but you will find it easy to blend in.
This is a must if you are staying in or near Palermo.
Favorite Dish: Pesce fritte pushes all the right buttons. A huge platter full to the brim with lightly fried fish and crustaceans. Whatever is fresh that day is what you get.Related to:
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I Beati Paoli: A beautiful & relaxed scenary at night
The atmosphere of this place is relaxed and a bit posh. Piazza Marina Square at night looks wonderful! I ate here sometimes, pizzas are good and tasty. Service may be slow due to too many customers almost every night. I can suggest it.
Favorite Dish: Pizza Parmigiana, Pizza Romana etc etc
La Casetta del Poeta: Pizza with fresh ingredients
This is a restaurant which makes pizzas too. It has got many dishes of international and traditional cuisine. Pizzas are made with fresh mozzarella cheese and fresh ingredients. Service may be slow due to too many clients every night, but you won't be disappointed. A specialty of this place is Fettucine del Poeta.
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