Sicily + Pantelleria

Restaurants in Sicily + Pantelleria

In the former vaults of a palazzo in Modico, chef Peppe Barone continues his culinary experimentation on regional dishes like stuffed calamari, broad bean and ricotta ravioli, and u lebbru ’nciucculatu — rabbit cooked in chocolate.

With the only two-star Michelin rated restaurant in Sicily, chef Ciccio Sultano is in high demand.

For foodies, it’s worth travelling hours on dicey roads to get to Caffe Sicilia on the southeast coast for the unique cold patisserie dishes from chef Corrado Assenza.

Chef Pino Maggiore started working at the Cantina Siciliana tucked away in the old Jewish ghetto of Trapani when he was just six years old.

The restaurant serves some of the best seafood on the coast. The pasta in fish broth with red prawns and chopped pistachios is worth the stop.

The restaurant doubles as the town hall and serves caponata, a Sicilian staple of eggplant, olives, capers, and tomatoes.

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.

This well-known restaurant, ranked two stars by Michelin, is tucked along a winding street in the old section of Ragusa, known as Ragusa Ibla. Small and formal, there is framed artwork along the walls and silk-covered tables set against long, champagne-colored drapes.

For a romantic night on the town, La Madia Restaurant creates the perfect meal: chef Pino Cuttaia's merluzzo, pine-smoked cod with a hint of orange peel.