Very popular place for a drink or something to eat with the locals, this bar is in the area of the Greek Theatre and the Museo Paolo Orsi. It is my favourite bar in Siracusa city.
Good selection of cakes, pastries, brioche, cannoli, graniti, gelati, frutta martorana.
Handy spot to call in to buy cakes to take to the house of a local if you have been invited for tea.
You can order special cakes for celebrations.
Good selection of snacks, arancini, sfoglie, calzone, pizzoli, pizzetta, salads and tavola calda at lunch time.
They prefer you to pay at the cassa - cash desk - for a drink before you go across to the bar if that is all you are having.
Wifi is available.
They sell Illy coffee cups and saucer sets.
Toilet available - just the one for men and women to share but it is well maintained.
Open 0700 - 2100 all days except Wednesday
2013 Gambero Rosso Guide - Bar d'Italia and Pasticceri & Pasticcerie
Favorite Dish: I don't think there is anything I don't like!
Espresso - 90 centesimi
Arancini - 3 different kinds, my favourite is the vegetariana - €1.40
They sell Christmas confectionary at Christmas, at Easter time they have an Easter selection. This time of year they have bags of candied orange peel with or without chocolate / candied ginger / little 'crates' of Frutta Martorana - Marzipan Fruits.
They always have lovely displays to look at.
This is a shop selling fresh fish and shellfish with tanks of shellfish, polpo (octypus), aragosta (lobster), granchio (crab).
There are fridges of prepared and ready to eat shellfish, sauces incorporating fish which are ready to warm up and eat with pasta or rice, and all manner of other fish depending on what is available that day.
In advance, an order can be made for any fish to be grilled or fish to be fried, including fritto misto which are delicious little fried fish. Massimo (one of the brothers who run the shop) informs me that it is good to order the fish to be cooked about two hours before you want it and that the latest order time in the evening is 19:30.
Just before lunch time, say about 11:15, and dinner time the counter at the till has ready cooked fish to buy if you do not have time to order. This is not sitting waiting for long as it is soon snapped up; we've been in at 12:00, nothing left, and today at 18:00, nothing left, of the already cooked variety that is. We have been in on Sundays, which is a busy shopping day, and the ready cooked fish has been on the counter at soon after 10:00 and people come in to order and more is cooked.
We've never been disappointed with the seafood and with bread and salad or vegetables bought from a shop, you can eat fish very well for much less than the price in a restaurant. Good pescheria to use if self catering or staying at LoL Hostel with kitchen facilities, only minutes walk away.
There is a good panificio about two minutes walk away in Piazza Marconi - Panificio Marconi, Corso Umberto 1 is the official address.
Favorite Dish: I could not possibly decide .................
This is a good Illy bar / caffe' with a tavola calda at lunch time.
We often call after we have been to the Comune which is nearby.
It is handy to call in for a drink or lunch during visits to nearby attractions such as the Catacombs, the Sanctuario, the Paolo Orsi museum.
There is an indoor seating area and an outside covered seating area which is necessary on days when it rains so hard there is a little river running down the street as has happened to us a couple of times.
Ask for the key for the toilet from the man at the till.
Favorite Dish: Coffee and croissants at breakfast time are good.
They have my favourite Illy coffee, well it is one of my favourite coffees.
We have had arancini (they usually have three kinds including ragu), slices of different kinds of pies, calzoni, pizzetta.
I have seen others having pasta dishes but haven't tried them myself.
In the afternoon there is a fine selection of cakes and pastries.
Gelato and granita in summer.
All reasonably priced.
This is a lovely gelateria with an outside seating area of tables and chairs.
It is on Corso Umberto not far from La Peccora Nera Pizzeria and a good spot to take dessert.
There is a good variety of delicious gelati, granite, cakes and semifredda.
I am a gelato / granita addict, my OH is not - this is one of the establishments which he doesn't mind going to which is praise indeed from him!
Favorite Dish: Yesterday I had a portion of ricotta granita with a bit of mandorla granita on the top.
I sat at one of the outside tables on the side and the lovely cool breeze while I ate my chilly treat was divine, just what I needed on a hot day.
The cost was €2 for granita and €1 for brioche.
I took a €6 / 400 gr polystyrene block of Cassata gelato home for later!
The shop assistant reckons that the gelato keeps the same consistency for one hour inside the polystyrene block, she did not say whether the air temperature makes any difference to the hour.
Good food, comfortable feeling about the place
Good view across the bay from inside seating or outside seating.
Ostrica - Oyster in English
Favorite Dish: Fresh fish and pasta or rice dishes
We do not go for the fish to be weighed before it is cooked and served in case we go over budget,.
The chef special of spaghetti alle vongole is popular with visitors.
There is no pressure to order antipasto, primo piatto, secondo piatto; just have whatever you like.
Not the cheapest of places as it is a restaurant not a trattoria, osteria or pizzeria therefore there is not the choice to have what would usually be the cheapest somewhere else.
Old style pizzeria/restaurant
Outdoor seating under cover of bamboo
Friendly, helpful staff
The pizzas are cooked in a wood oven which is in a separate building
Different meats including sausage from the area are cooked to order
Pasta dishes are available
Local wine available by the litre or half litre
Home made Amaro liquer
Home made Limoncello liquer
Summer: Open every evening from about 1930 until everybody leaves
Favorite Dish: Delicious pizza
My OH enjoyed the chips before the pizza
Outdoor seating in the summer with a sunset view towards Mount Etna and the Due Colonne.
The name 'Due Colonne' refers to the two remaining columns standing of the Tempio di Giove Olimpio which is nearby.
Indoor seating at all times of the year in very pleasant surroundings.
Closed on Tuesdays.
Large parking area.
Favorite Dish: Antipasti, Primi Piatti, Secondi Piatti, Contorni, and Le Dolcezze are available.
The Pizzeria menu includes La Stuzzicheria, Le Focacce, Le Pizze, I Pizzoli (pizza 'pie' with a top)
The house wine is good and beer is popular.
We have tried the antipasti Fritturina mista di Pesce and always have pizza.
My favourite pizza is Pizza Era which is a 'white' pizza without tomato consisting of Mozzarella di Bufala, Zucchine a Rondelle, Peperoncino Rosso, Origano, Olio extravergine d'oliva.
My husband usually sticks with his Pizza Giove which is similar to Pizza Romana with Pomodoro fresco a dadini, Mozzarella, Olive, Filetti di Acciughe, Basilico Fresco, Origano, Olio extravergine d'oliva.
One of our favourite restaurant/pizzerias to go to with friends.
Fabulous choice of artigianale gelati in Siracusa (not Ortigia)
Special dessert cakes too
Good place to call after visiting the archaelogical sites or for dessert after a meal
These are just an example. Other dessert combinations are available too.
Favorite Dish: Any of the flavours or a combination are good - there are usually forty or more to choose from
Monday/Wednesday/Thursday/Friday: 0900 - 0200
Tuesday: 1400 - 0200
Saturday/Sunday: 0900 - 0430
This is a busy bar, good for breakfast or any time of day.
A very workaday type of place at reasonable prices.
I took one photo inside and as it was so busy I didn't like to take one of the outside tables!
Earlier in the day I took a photo of a man with a van who was selling cherries from Giarre (I bought 2 kg!) and he checked my photo and told me to delete his registration number! Help, I don't know how to 'blur' it so I have cut the bottom bit of the photo. That is the second photo here.
Favorite Dish: Today the weather is very hot so mandorla (almond) granita was good and cooling.
€1.50 per portion
I was tempted by the meringues and the savoiardi but another time to buy things to take home.
The cornetti (croissants), arancini, savoury slices and pies were also tempting.
Reopened all newly refurbished!
Bar selling hot food, drinks, granite, pastries, cakes
Caffe corretto is a favourite with the locals - An espresso with a shot of grappa, Italian brandy, any spirit on the shelf; Jack Daniels Bourbon is a popular addition.
Two outside seating areas - one at the side and one across Piazza Pancali.
New indoor seating area.
Toilets off the indoor seating area.
One of the bars we go to in Ortigia/Siracusa.
Favorite Dish: Cappuccino or caffe latte with a cornetto vuoto for breakfast - a little treat while out at the market.
A cornetto vuoto or cornetto semplice is a plain croissant.
Other choices for croissants:
cornetto integrale con miele - wholemeal croissant with honey inside (this is usually the only wholemeal one on offer, just occasionally at some bars you may find them just completely plain.)
cornetto crema - croissant with creme anglaise/custard inside
cornetto marmellata - croissant with (usually) apricot jam inside
cornetto cioccolato - croissant with chocolate inside
cornetto Nutella - croissant with Nutella inside
Bar next to a garage/filling station
Indoor seating on stools
Lovely outdoor seating area, under cover or not
Sells newspapers and magazines and phone credit and cigarettes and lottery tickets
They now also sell bread from one of the Siracusa bakeries
Favorite Dish: All you would expect at a cafe and all good quality, tasty and reasonably priced -
Favourite drinks in summer:
Granita and brioche
To be honest, I have no clue what's the name of this restaurant, we jumped inside running from the heavy rain. It was the first restaurant we have find on our way and happened to be a very good choice. The ambient was very fine, too bad I didnt take any picture of it's interriors, was too busy with drying my cloths.
Favorite Dish: This restaurant is located in the area of Ortigia, not far from the Castello Maniace. Some other people from our group joined us and we had a very pleasant lunch in their company. Wife of the owner of the restaurant was serving us so we entrusted her choice, ordering some typical local dishes. The food was very good, same as the local white wine. We paid around 30 euros each.
This bar is situated on the best shopping street in Ortigia and is good for people watching on the trendy shopping street.
Bar Viola is not the cheapest of bars, there is another bar further up the street on the same side which is cheaper and you can sit inside and have a very nice drink, handy if the weather is chilly.
There is another Bar Viola on Via Roma which is a lovely stone building with indoor seating.
Both of the Bar Violas are new and considered trendy although I prefer the older bars.
Favorite Dish: Cafe
Extensive pizza menu including I Vulcani which are half covered calzonpizza, Focacce, I Calzoncelli which are fried pizza and I Pagnottielli which are Focaccine of some sort (never tried them).
Closed on Tuesdays.
It can be very busy especially on Saturday evenings. A queue forms and people noisily wait their turn.
Most of the seating is inside on two levels.
There are a few bench style table and chairs outside used in the warmer weather.
Dessert can be taken at one of the gelateria in the neighbourhood.
Favorite Dish: My favourite is Pizza Posillipo consisting of Mozarella di Bufala, Pomodoro, Pomodorini, Rucola, Olio extravergine d'oliva.
My husband has his usual Pizza Romana with tomato, anchovies, olive, origano, olive oil
No house wine here, good choice of bottles of wine. Beer is in bottles or from the pump.
Fabulous position, view across the bay towards Ortigia.
Outdoor seating and indoor seating available within a glass windowed building or inside a solid building.
Closed on Wednesdays.
Favorite Dish: Fish, fish and more fish!!!
My favourite is capotelli (little fried seppioline) followed by a pasta dish of Pasta allo Scoglio and insalata mista.
Desserts, wine, beer and other drinks are all available.
We have dined well here many times.
The do have a pizza menu but we don't go here for pizza.