Palermo

Restaurants in Palermo

For a sit-down lunch, snag a balcony seat at the very un-Chinese Shanghai Trattoria, known for its eggplant caponata, pasta con le sarde, and a raffish setting straight out of a mafia flick.

An institution in downtown Palermo since 1834, this old school bistro is a top draw for gourmands, who come for the "slow-food" inspired focaccia sandwiches, deep-fried chickpea fritters, and arancini (rice balls stuffed with tomatoes, peas, and mozzarella).