194 Best Restaurants in Sicily, Italy

A Cucchiara

$$ Fodor's choice

A light nautical theme permeates this stone-walled restaurant, where the open kitchen provides theater and owner Peppe Giamboi takes the stage as a gustatory storyteller, roaming from table to table. The menu is constantly changing, but you'll find excellent work with vegetables (a rarity in Sicily) and really lovely preparations of local cod. In addition to a sublime rendition of stocco in ghiotto (cod in a Messinese sauce of tomatoes, olives, capers, and celery), it also might show up prepared under tender sheets of lardo in a light orange-lemon sauce with fried leeks. 

Accursio Ristorante

$$$$ Fodor's choice

This intimate Michelin-starred restaurant is a fantastic option if you are staying in Modica overnight. Forget the usual starchy tablecloths and formal service, this place is all about the food, with the chef cooking his own personal takes on classic Sicilian dishes, including options like trucioli pasta with cheese fondue, lemon, capers, and coffee; grilled lettuce with pork cheek, caviar, and walnuts; and cannoli with ricotta cheese and cotton candy for dessert. The €120 tasting menu comes very highly recommended, but for something more affordable, stop in for lunch to have a similar experience for €50, or consider Accursio Radici (which means Accursio Roots, the cheaper sister restaurant) a few doors down.

Al Fogher

$$ Fodor's choice

This culinary beacon in Sicily's interior features ambitious—and successful—dishes with the creative flair of chef Angelo Treno, whose unforgettable pastas topped with truffles or caviar, for example, offer a decidedly different expression of traditional regional ingredients. The unassuming and elegant dining room is inside an old railway house and is the perfect place to enjoy a bottle from the 500-label wine list; in cold weather, you can cozy up to a fireplace, but the terrace is the place to be in summer.

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Capitolo Primo

$$ Fodor's choice

Simply one of the finest restaurants in Sicily, Capitolo Primo offers an utterly unique dining experience in the graceful winter garden of Relais Briuccia's Art Nouveau town house. Chef-owner Damiano Ferraro is an endlessly creative chef, spinning his magic daily with the freshest of local Sicilian produce. Ferraro is a local who dreamed big and worked all over the world (including at the Dorchester in London and with the Roux Brothers at La Gavroche) then returned home and created this gastronomic paradise in the shabby little town of Montallegro. There are both tasting- and à la carte menus.

Via Trieste 1, Agrigento, 92010, Italy
Known For
  • sophisticated cuisine by a master chef
  • intimate Art Nouveau town house
  • impressive tasting menus at great prices
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Mon. No lunch


$$ Fodor's choice

This local pizza and BBQ grill offers the usual selection of local cuisine, but with an interesting location in the old grain stores of the Castello di Caccamo. The extensive menu includes antipasti, pasta, mains, and desserts all with a focus on the preparation of local meats and grills.

Cave Ox

$ Fodor's choice
This casual osteria is frequented by local winemakers who come for pizza dinners and rustic daily lunch specials, but most visitors are smitten with the small but amazing cellar focused on Etna natural wines. Everything's fresh, simple, and delicious—and made to pair with one of the delightful wines suggested by owner and wine enthusiast Sandro. He'll take you back to his cellar for a look, gently guiding you toward a unique bottle you'll never find back home.
Via Nazionale Solicchiata 159, 95012, Italy
Known For
  • superlative selection of natural wines from Etna
  • filling lunches and pizza dinners
  • local winemaker crowd
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Tues.


$ | Libertà Fodor's choice

One of Palermo's best modern pizzerias serves delicious Neapolitan pies from a big oven in the open kitchen—the genius is in the crust, which is seared in a matter of seconds. The owners make their money on a quick turnover (so don't expect a long, leisurely meal), but the pizza is delicious and the place often serves until midnight—later than almost any other restaurant in the neighborhood.

Via Messina 36e, Palermo, 90141, Italy
Known For
  • pizza, pizza, and more pizza
  • outdoor seating in summer
  • late-night dining
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: No lunch, Take-away available

Da Alfredo

$ Fodor's choice

Starting in 1968, the mini-empire of owner Alfredo Olivieri was built one granita and one pane cunzato at a time, and no summer on Salina is complete without a stop at his little shop off the Marina Garibaldi piazza in Lingua. You'll find all the classic granita flavors (almond, coffee, lemon, pistachio), but it's the seasonal fruits that shine here: mulberry, fig, wild blackberries, watermelon, and cantaloupe. For something more savory, the overladen open sandwiches known as pane cunzato (one recent August they served 1,500 in a single day) pile on the signature flavors of the region. Look for the "Eoliana" full of capers, olives, anchovies, peppers, onions, and tomatoes. Olivieri also has a full-service trattoria and a bakery, both steps from the original panineria.

Da Concetta

$$$ Fodor's choice

Feisty Concetta serves a set menu for lunch and dinner from her long terrace, located near the Chiesa San Bartolo. You can expect a large selection of antipasti (such as wild fennel, sautéed shrimp, and roasted eggplant), a pasta course, and some variety of roasted fish. It's true island home-cooking, done in abundance and served with incredible hospitality. 

Alicudi, 98050, Italy
Known For
  • incredibly intimate hospitality
  • truly unique dining experience
  • spectacular views
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Reservations essential

Da Vittorio

$$ Fodor's choice

Located right on the beach at Porto Palo, Da Vittorio is something of a local legend, highly regarded and much loved by everyone from wine and olive oil makers to celebrating families. The focus is on fresh fish and seafood, with pasta for the first course, and grilled fish for a second, all enhanced with traditional Sicilian flavors such as capers, almonds, and wild fennel. The spot dates back to the 1960s when Vittorio, a young cook from Bergamo, fell in love with a Sicilian girl and opened a small restaurant in a beach shack. These days, there’s a smart glass conservatory and cream damask table linens, along with a terrace for alfresco dining, and—a real mark of Vittorio’s success—a local following strong enough to keep the restaurant open all year, a real rarity in these parts.

Via Friuli Venezia Giulia 9, Marinella Selinunte, 92013, Italy
Known For
  • creative seafood on the beach
  • neighborhood institution since the 1960s
  • open all year long
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed mid-Dec.–mid-Jan.

Don Camillo

$$ | Ortigia Fodor's choice

A gracious series of delicately arched rooms at this beloved local eatery are lined with wine bottles and sepia-tone images of the old town. À la carte preparations bring together fresh seafood and inspired creativity: sample, for instance, the sublime spaghetti delle Sirene (with sea urchin and shrimp in butter) or cod with saffron from the Ibleian hills with a courgette puree. If you want, you can put yourself in the hands of the chef and opt for one of the exquisite tasting menus, which start at €75 excluding wine. The wine list is, in a word, extraordinary, and allows you to choose from the best wines in Italy and beyond.

Forno Biancuccia

$ Fodor's choice

Lawyer-turned-baker Valeria Messina has singlehandedly revived the use of heirloom grains in Catania. At her welcoming little corner bakery, she uses tumminia, perciasacchi, maiorca, and timilia flours to create crusty sourdough loaves, focaccia, buttery biscotti, and traditional pizza marinara. Don't miss her schiacciata (a sort of filled pizza) stuffed with the ingredients of the season, from broccoli or chicory to roasted peppers with mint or anchovies and capers.

Francesco Arena

$ Fodor's choice

You'll smell this panificio and focacceria before you arrive, as the scent of baking bread wafts down the street. The 45-year-old Francesco Arena works with ancient grains (like tumminia, perciasacchi, and rusello) and a hearty mother yeast to produce tender focaccia topped with everything from sun-sweetened tomatoes to escarole, crusty loaves, ham-and-cheese filled pidone, and the flakiest croissants. Arena has bread baking in his bones; his nonna opened the first family bakery in 1939, and his father followed suit with his own in 1970.

Via T. Cannizzaro 137, Messina, 98122, Italy
Known For
  • official master baker
  • detour-worthy focaccia
  • barchette, a pizza "boat" loaded with toppings
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun.


$ Fodor's choice

Pizza is something Sicilians eat at least weekly, and Frumento has been the area standard-bearer of excellence since it opened in 2015. Choose from five different dough options (from a classic Neapolitan-style to rye to ancient Sicilian grains) as your base, and then pick one of the 65 different topping combos. Ingredients range from the classics (tomato, buffalo mozzarella, salami) to things like capers from Salina, bottarga, 'nduja, and wild fennel pesto. The young owner is especially passionate about natural wine, and the list reflects that. They also have a second location in Catania (Via Raffineria; 095/8037564).

Piazza Giuseppe Mazzini, Acireale, 95024, Italy
Known For
  • excellent antipasti such as arancini and fried stuffed squash blossoms
  • locally made products for sale in the restaurant
  • good natural wine selection

Gelateria Le Cuspidi

$ Fodor's choice

Agrigento's finest ice-cream parlor creates memorable versions of key Sicilian favorites such as pistachio, almond, and cassata, along with a superb "pecorino" made with fresh sheep's milk ricotta. The pastries are excellent, too.

Piazza Cavour 19, Agrigento, 92100, Italy
Known For
  • ice cream made from riccotta
  • the hub of life in Agrigento on summer evenings
  • tasty breakfast pastries
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Tues.

Giovane Hostaria San Marco

$ Fodor's choice

This eatery has minimalist decor and young owners who are committed to local produce—right down to listing all producers on their website—without being scared to experiment. The wine list is really interesting, focusing mainly on small Sicilian bottles, and there is also a good selection of artisan beer.

Gran Cafè Solaire

$ Fodor's choice

Even on rainy days (which admittedly there aren't many of), the sun seems to shine bright here. They serve arguably the best granita in the Catania area; the pistachio is so creamy you'll swear they added dairy. The blood orange highlights the robust flavor of the local citrus while the lemon is refreshingly bright, sweet, and tart and the chocolate is dark and rich. Area residents pop in to have granita with warm brioche for breakfast, lunch, or as an afternoon snack (yes, granita counts as lunch).

Gran Caffè Urna dal 1885

$ Fodor's choice

What Americans know as Sicilian pizza quite frankly doesn't exist in Sicily, but at this historic café and pizzeria that's been around since the 1800s, you'll find the real pizza siciliana. Though you can find the dish throughout the area, especially in Viagrande and Zaefferana, Urna is said to be its inventor: they stuff tender calzone pastry with Tuma cheese, anchovies, and black peppercorns, and then deep fry the half-moon delicacy. The result is a gooey, savory, flaky delight. Eat it in the outside garden or get it to go.

Grani da Re

$ Fodor's choice

Top-quality local ingredients are used in this modern, brightly lit pizzeria, where a vast range of pizzas are served, including seasonal, gourmet, and gluten-free varieties. The eclectic menu also takes in delicious antipasti, meat and seafood burgers, pastas, and seafood dishes. Order from a range of bottled or draught artisan beers (including American pale ales) to accompany your meal. Service is rapid and the patient staff answers all queries.

Via Giacomo Medici 30, Castellammare del Golfo, 91014, Italy
Known For
  • fantastic range of pizzas
  • good beer menu
  • modern setting
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Tues. No lunch Mon.–Sat.

Il Re di Girgenti

$$ Fodor's choice

You might not expect to find an ultramodern—even hip—place to dine within a few minutes' drive of Agrigento's ancient temples, yet Il Re di Girgenti offers up pleasing versions of Sicilian classics in a trendy, country-chic atmosphere (think funky black-and-white tile floors mixed with shelves lined with old-fashioned crockery) popular with young locals. The thoughtful wine list offers good prices on both local wines and those from throughout Sicily. Weather permitting, be sure to dine on the terrace for outstanding temple views.

Via Panoramica dei Templi 51, Agrigento, 92100, Italy
Known For
  • Sicilian dishes with a twist
  • contemporary setting with lovely views
  • delightful wine selections
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Tues.

Il Terrazzino

$$ Fodor's choice

Centrally located on the main piazza in Ustica town, this trattoria's outdoor terrace is a marvelous spot for feeling like you're in the thick of local life while enjoying first-class food. Seafood is the main feature, of course, on a menu that combines traditional dishes, such as prawn ravioli, with more adventurous juxtapositions, like the antipasto of grilled octopus with lentil purée. Service is warm and willing, and there's a good wine list.

Piazza Umberto I, Ustica, 90051, Italy
Known For
  • great location
  • fresh seafood
  • convivial ambience
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Oct.–Mar.

In Cucina Dai Pennisi

$$ Fodor's choice

In the back of a butcher shop that's been operating since 1968, the Pennisi family opened this meat-focused 30-seat restaurant in December 2017. In the front, you'll find cases full of dry-aged beef; house-made sausages, guanciale, lardo, pancetta, and headcheese; whole chickens; beef liver and veal tongue; and skewers of hand-rolled involtini. You choose your meat from the cases, and they prepare it over a live-fire grill in the back, which you can watch through the plate-glass wall.    

Via Umberto I 11, Linguaglossa, 95015, Italy
Known For
  • salsiccia a ceppo, a hand-chopped pork sausage
  • robust Etna wine selection
  • excellent beef tartare
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Mon.

In Un Angolo Di Mondo

$$ Fodor's choice

Walking through the gate of this little spot feels like entering a pizza speakeasy—it's located at the end of a cul-de-sac in the garden and ground floor of the owners' home (the name means "in a corner of the world"), and you'd be forgiven for thinking you've gotten the directions wrong. They use a slow, cold fermentation process to create crusts with deep flavors that they ply to turn out calzones and about 15 different pizzas each night. The menu is scrawled on a chalkboard (take a photo when you arrive for easy reference) and features beautiful combos, such as chicory with toasted breadcrumbs and black olives or pear and walnut with gorgonzola. 

Via Nazionale per Catania 180, Acireale, 95024, Italy
Known For
  • vegetarian and vegan pizza topping options
  • natural wines
  • excellent calzones
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Mon.–Wed.


$$ Fodor's choice

For the best of what's locally in season, look to chef Marco Cannizzaro and his 25-seat fine-dining restaurant. Harvested from Etna to the Ionian Sea, the primary ingredients of the area simply shine in his hands: Nerello mascelese grapes show up as rich sauces, wild greens harvested from the slopes of Etna make their way into risottos or stuffed into tender calamari meatballs, and donkey, an economical protein staple of the area, is transformed into flavorful and refined tartare. The commitment here to the area's materia prima informs the soul of the restaurant.

Via Antonino Longo 26, Catania, 95125, Italy
Known For
  • Robiola-stuffed smoked onion with strawberry
  • fine dining with a neighborhood feel
  • four-, five-, or seven-course tasting menus
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Wed. yr-round and Sun. in summer

La Grotta

$$$ Fodor's choice

With its dining room set in a cave above the harbor of Santa Maria La Scala, this rustic trattoria specializes in seafood. Try the insalata di mare (a selection of delicately boiled fish served with lemon and olive oil), pasta with clams or cuttlefish ink, or fish grilled over charcoal. The menu is small and simple, but expertly prepared.

La Madia

$$$$ Fodor's choice

One of the most famous restaurants in Sicily, and one of only two on the island to have been awarded a second Michelin star, La Madia is a must-visit when you're here. Chef Pino Cuttaio is a legend within Sicily and beyond thanks to his incredible talent for creating unique dishes that fuse tradition and innovation, without ever losing sight of the kind of simplicity that allows the brilliance and flavors of first-rate Sicilian produce to shine. There are three tasting menus, as well as an à la carte menu.

Corso F. ReCapriata 22, Licata, 92027, Italy
Known For
  • one of the best restaurants in Italy
  • world-class dishes with Sicilian produce
  • once-in-a-lifetime special occasion dining
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Tues. No dinner Sun. in winter. No lunch Sun. mid-June–mid-Sept.

La Nicchia

$ Fodor's choice

Open since 1987, La Nicchia is a Pantelleria institution, occupying an old dammuso and serving typical island dishes made with carefully sourced island ingredients: typically potatoes, cherry tomatoes, capers, almonds, and fresh herbs married with seasonal vegetables, fresh fish, and other seafood. In summer there are tables under the lemon trees in a traditional walled Pantescan garden. They also do good pizza, while their offshoot next-door, Dispensa Pantesca, serves a selection of informal light dishes to take away or enjoy with a glass of wine on the roof of the dammuso for amazing sunset views.

Contrada Scauri Basso 11, Pantelleria, 91017, Italy
Known For
  • ravioli stuffed with ricotta and mint
  • sunset views
  • perfect taste of Pantelleria cuisine
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed late Sept.–late Apr.

La Tonda Fritta

$ Fodor's choice

Arancine—fried rice balls—are ubiquitous all over Sicily, but rarely do you find them prepared while you wait or offered in such a range as in this little snack shop near Porta Trapani. The menu lists more than 35 varieties, which include swordfish, smoked salmon, and curry fillings, as well as vegetarian and vegan options. They make ideal stomach-fillers at any time, not least as snack lunches on the go.


$ | Kalsa Fodor's choice

Only the finest agricultural produce of the nearby Madonie mountains goes into the simple but fabulous dishes served in this informal eatery attached to the Palazzo Butera art gallery. The frequently changing menu---dependent on the season and what's available from their suppliers---might include chicken breasts in orange sauce and almonds; vegetarian meatballs with ricotta cheese; or sausages braised in red wine with kale. Cheeses, cold cuts, and salads are also on offer, or you might settle for a "gourmet sandwich" stuffed with buffalo mozzarella, prosciutto, anchovies, and mortadella. Many of these items are for sale in the small delicatessen inside, too, where there are a few tables in addition to the ones on the pavement.

Via Butera 20, Palermo, 90133, Italy
Known For
  • seasonal, fresh, and locally produced ingredients
  • convenient for lunch after a visit to Palazzo Butera
  • gourmet sandwiches
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Mon. and 2 wks in Jan. No dinner Sun.–Tues.

Mare a Viva

$ Fodor's choice

This wholesaler specializes in oysters, mollusks, and crustaceans, and offers a tasting room that has become an obligatory stop for seafood aficionados in town. There are 24 kinds of oysters, all manner of clams (including Galician percebes), local red prawns in several sizes, and a tank of lobsters and crabs as well as fresh seasonal tuna. Choose between having your fish raw, steamed, grilled, or a la gratin, and dine in the simple blue and white conservatory while enjoying a glass or two of local white wine. They also make a fine fish couscous (one portion is ample for two people).