Where to eat in Scicli: the 7 best restaurants chosen by Gambero Rosso

Feb 16 2024, 13:36
Scicli, in the province of Ragusa, renowned for being the Vigata of Commissioner Montalbano, boasts a significant gastronomic tradition that has become the strength of various local restaurants, offering a means to explore the region

Scicli, the city in the province of Ragusa, described by writer Elio Vittorini as "the most beautiful ever seen," declared a UNESCO World Heritage site for its Baroque architecture, and famous for being the Vigata of Commissioner Montalbano, is a must-visit for tourists not only for its festivals, processions, but also for its cuisine, featuring both traditional and contemporary specialties. There are several places to stop and savor these delights, and we have selected seven for you.

Prosit Sicilian Bistrot

This is where conviviality and Parisian style meet the simple and rustic flavors offered by the abundance of the sea and land of Sicily, creating a unique and minimalist venue. Open every day from 8:00 am to 1:00 am, Prosit Sicilian Bistrot is known for its meat and fish dishes, with a must-try being Ruggero d'Altavilla, grilled octopus served on a ragusano cheese fondue. The menu features only natural wines from the local area and beyond.

Via Dolomiti, n. 6/8, +39 0932 842028 Whatsapp: +39 327 076 3065 https://www.prositsicilianbistrot.com

Ùmmara Vineria con cucina

Ùmmara places conviviality at the center of everything. Born from the owner Peppe Fiorilla's passion for natural wines, Ùmmara offers traditional cuisine by chef Roberta Padua, with dishes like the Brioscia with tuppo di carne being a unique and savory twist on the famous Sicilian brioche. Open every day from 7:00 pm to 1:00 am.

Via Aleardi, 9 +39 0932 841329 https://ummara.it

Noka Gastro Bistrot

A family-run establishment, Noka Gastro Bistrot was born from Chef Stefano Vicari's desire to offer a new interpretation of food in Scicli. Traditional Sicilian recipes are revisited in a modern and personalized way. The menu includes meat and fish dishes such as the trancio di cernia cbt on a cream of Jerusalem artichoke and its BBQ artichoke chips. Open Monday to Saturday for dinner, Sunday for lunch and dinner, closed on Tuesdays.

Via Mormino Penna 69, +39 09321850808 https://nokabistrot.it


Owned by Peppe Mezzasalma, Baqqala focuses exclusively on fish, offering reinterpretations of traditional Sicilian cuisine. The menu, based on the day's catch, features dishes like the tagliata di tonno rosso on a yellow pepper puree with buffalo foam and caramelized beets. Open every day for lunch and dinner, except Wednesdays.

Piazza Ficili, 3, +39 0932931028 fb. https://www.facebook.com/baqqala.scicli


Chef-fisherman Tonino Adamo, along with his wife Rosanna and daughter Silvia, manages Garum, where fresh fish takes center stage. The menu includes simple dishes like the daily catch fish soup. The wine list predominantly features Sicilian labels. In addition to the restaurant, there is a gastronomy section where guests can purchase dishes and preparations to enjoy at home. In summer, the chef offers the opportunity for "pescaturismo" (fishing tourism) with his small boat kept at the nearby Sampieri pier.

Viale I° Maggio, 99, +39 348 310 9611 fb. https://www.facebook.com/ristorantegarumscicli

My name is Tannino

Located beneath the Church of Carmine, My name is Tannino is Andrea Buonomo's venue, offering both dinner and aperitivo. Chef Salvatore Verdirame presents traditional dishes made with local ingredients, such as the Cavatelli artigianali with white rabbit ragù, Ispica carrot cream, and crispy ragusano cheese wafer. Open every day for aperitivo and dinner, except Tuesdays.

Via Aleardi, 36/38 +39 338 926 1431 https://www.facebook.com/mynameistanninoscicli


Situated near the Church of San Giovanni, Verace is run by three partners with a passion for catering. Chef Salvo Vicinale prepares traditional dishes, predominantly seafood, with authentic and innovative elements. A recommended dish is the Raviolino with grouper heart, cherry tomato emulsion, and pistachio. The wine list features mainly Sicilian brands. Open every day for dinner, except Tuesdays.

Via San Giovanni, 9, 333 774 6700 https://www.facebook.com/veracescicli

by Cristina Barbera
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