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our pick of the restaurants in Palermo

A GUIDE TO PALERMO

Around Piazza Marina

  • ‘Le Pergamene’ (pizzeria/ trattoria) Piazza Marina 50, opposite Palazzo Steri, tel: 091 6166142.  Open every evening.  Price code £
  • ‘Il Bagatto’ Piazza Marina 24-26, tel: 091 6116383.  Closed on Sundays, open 12:00-15:00h and 19:30- midnight..
  • ‘La Cambusa’ Piazza. Marina, 16 tel: 091 584574.  Predominantly fish dishes but other options available.  Discounts for large groups.  Price code £
  • ‘Antica Focacceria di San Francesco’ Via A. Paternostro 58, (opposite the church San Francesco d’Assisi), tel: 091 320264.  Serves very good meals upstairs and in the square (one of the most beautiful piazzas in Palermo), or typical Sicilian “fast food” during the day.  Closed from 10 until 30 October and on Tuesday (from November until March).  Price code ££
  • ‘Mi Manda Picone’, Via Alessandro Paternostro, (on the corner of the piazza of the San Francesco church) tel: 091 6160660.  Known for its wide selection of Sicilian wines and cheeses and its speciality main courses (secondi). Smaller selection of primi.  Evening opening only, closed on Sunday.  Price code ££
  • ‘Sant'Andrea’ Piazzetta S. Andrea (piazza S. Domenico, on Via Roma), tel: 091 334999.  An inviting oasis in the chaotic, Palermitan market area, Vucciria, in the centre of the old town.  Closed on Sundays, open for lunch on request only.  Price code ££
  • 'Osteria dei Vespri’- Piazza Croce dei Vespri 6 (old town), tel: 091 6171631.  On the ground floor of the historical Palazzo Gangi, expect to eat a fascinating array of Sicilian dishes with a modern take. Closed on Sundays.  Price code £££

 

Around Via Liberta' and Via Ruggero Settimo

  • ‘Gigi Mangia’ - Via Principe di Belmonte 104/d (PA) Tel. 091/587651. Excellent cooking just off via Ruggero Settimo - one of our personal favourites. Tell Gigi you are Think Sicily clients! Closed on Sunday. Price code ££
  • ‘Lo Scudiero’ - Via Turati, 7. Tel: 091 581628. Refined cooking and excellent, discreet service practically on Piazza Politeama. Price code ££.
  • ‘L’Acanto Blu’ - Via Torrearsa 8, (after crossing Piazza Politeama into Via della Libertá take the second road on your right), tel: 091 320444.  Very chic wine bar and restaurant with a wonderful, relaxing outside dining area behind. It’s possible just to go for an aperitif. Closed on Sundays and Monday lunchtime.  Price code ££
  • ‘Cucina Papoff’ - Via Isidoro La Lumia 32 (after crossing Piazza Politeama into Via della Libertá, take the third road on your right (Via Quintino Sella) and then the second on your left. The restaurant is on the corner of Via Quintino Sella and Via Isidoro La Lumia). Excellent, refined traditional Sicilian cooking. Closed on Saturday lunchtime and Sunday. Price code ££
  • ‘Trattoria Biondo’ - Via Carducci 15, (after crossing Piazza Politeama into Via della Libertá, take the first road on your left), tel: 091 583662.  A very well thought of establishment in Palermo, attracting a regular clientele. Closed in August untile mid-September and Wednesdays. Price code ££
  • ‘Altri Tempi’ - Via Sammartino, 65. Tel: 091 323480. Informal restaurant serving very good traditional Sicilian food (the menu is written in Sicilian dialect). Closed Sunday. Price code £
  • ‘Di Martino’s Special Sandwich’ - Via Mazzini (after crossing Piazza Politeama into Via della Libertá, take the fourth road on your right and it’s on your right after about 50m). Excellent sandwiches and good pasta dishes at lunch. Sandwiches only in the evening. One of Palermo's best 'pubs'. Price Code £
  • ‘Antica Cafe' Spinnato’ - Via Principe Belmonte, the pedestrian road off Via Ruggero Settimo. Excellent cakes and coffee, but also serves light lunches including sandwiches, snacks, salads and pasta. Price Code £
  • ‘Bar Mazzara’ - Via Magliocco, turn left off Via Ruggero Settimo by H&M. A historic bar frequented in the past by Principe Tommasi di Lampedusa, author of “The Leopard”. Excellent cakes and ice-creams though also serves snacks, pasta and other things for a quick lunch. Price code £

 

Mondello

  • ‘Da Calogero’ - Via torre di Mondello (close to the norman tower).  Typical family trattoria (children are welcome), busy at weekends.  Specialties are the octopus salad, the sea urchins and several “pasta” dishes with fish. Price code ££-£££
  • ‘Nicolo’ - Piazza Mondello 44 (the main square), tel: 091 453489.  Outdoor seating, excellent fresh fish. Price code ££-£££
  • ‘Charleston’ - Vl. Regina Elena (the impressive Liberty style building on the beach), tel: 091 450171.  A restaurant which made history in Sicily.  Impressive terrace on the sea, smart service, traditional Sicilian recipes.  Closed from 10 January until 10 February and on Wednesday (except from May until October). Price code £££
  • ‘Bye Bye Blues’ - Via del Garofalo, 23 (opposite the church in Valdesi), tel: 091 6841415. Excellent food, wines and servic awarded with a Michelin star in 2011.  It is recommended to make a reservation.  Closed in November, on Tuesdays and at noon (except Sundays and national holidays). Price code £££
  • ‘Da Renato’ and ‘L’Antico Chiosco’ - the two main bars/cafes on the main square, outdoor seating.  Excellent ice creams, juices, and pastries, as well as salads and light meals. Price code £ 

 

Monreale

  • ‘Taverna del Pavone’ - Vicolo Pensato 18, (close to the Duomo), tel: 091 6406209.  Tables are quite close to one another, not ideal if you are looking for a private dinner, but a nice, informal and relaxed atmosphere.  Closed on Mondays.
  • ‘Da Toto’ pizzeria -  Chiasso Menotti Ciro (ask in the main square).

 

Price Guide
Average price per person for a two course meal (starter ‘antipasto’ or first course ‘primo’ and a main course ‘secondo’), excluding wine.

£ - under 20 euros  

££ - 20-40 euros  

£££ - 40 euros +

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