There is unwritten rule on Sicily, according to which the cuisine is tastier in the places situated in the south part of the country. Catania is situated in the south-east, but it can be considered as the heart of the southern part of Sicily. Catania is the second largest city on Sicily famous for its baroque style and it can offer lots of opportunities for tourists to get some enjoyments simultaneously. It is difficult to say what is more interesting and pleasant: to see the sights of Catania or to get acquainted with its cuisine. So, you can have a meal in the following places in Catania:
Osteria I Tre Bicchieri is one of the most famous restaurants nowadays. It was opened in 2002. The owner of the restaurant is one of the greatest wine producing companies called Benanti. That is why it is not surprising that Osteria I Tre Bicchieri has the richest collection of wine (more than 1000 different kinds of wine). The cuisine of the restaurant is known as Mediterranean, that means a lot of seafood, vegetables and wine as the main ingredients. When the restaurant was opened the newspapers of Catania described enthusiastically the pretentious novelties of Osteria I Tre Bicchieri. There is a Cigar Room there. The aesthetes, who prefer tobacco of high quality, can’t stay indifferent to this place.
The address of the restaurant: Via San Giuseppe al Duomo 31, tel. +39 095 715 35 40.
Luxury in Catania has one more name which is known as Le Zagare. This restaurant is situated in the building of the Excelsior Grand Hotel. Its exterior is the work of several designers, who opened it in 2001. Certainly, the restaurant offers only the dishes of high quality. Besides delicacies the visitors of Le Zagare are offered a wonderful view of the citrus garden situated in the patio. The address is Piazza Giovanni Verga 39, tel. +39 095 747 61 11
Al Gabbiano restaurant is famous because seafood stuffs come to the kitchen of the restaurant directly from the fishing nets. The name Al Gabbiano means “a sea-gull” in Italian. The restaurant is situated in the centre of old Catania and offers such tasty dishes as sword-fish rolls and pasta with sea foodstuffs, which are considered to be the best in the city. The average price for a meal for one person is about 25-30 Euros. The address: Via Giordano Bruno 128.
It is difficult to find the best pizza in Catania. That is because there is no bad pizza there and it is difficult to compare good and very good. You can drop in the pizza shop known as Vico Santa Filomena. The slogan of this place is:”Everything, which is genius, is ordinary and tasty”. You pay 8 Euros and taste classical Italian pizza, which is cooked in a special stove called “forno a legna” according to all traditions of the Sicilian cuisine. Besides pizza the desserts are great in Vico Santa Filomena as well. This pizza shop is really popular among the students and that is why you may stay in a queue in the evening, especially, on Saturdays. The address: Via S.Filomena 35, tel. +39 095 31 67 61.