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Sicily

Food and Drink in Sicily

Eating out on holidays to Sicily means you can try dishes featuring locally-grown produce such as lemons, olives and tasty cheeses like pecorino. Seafood is also a favourite, particularly in coastal resorts such as Cefalu, so you'll find dishes such as sardines and clams with pasta, and creamy risottos using octopus and shrimps.

Exploring Sicily's delicacies

Sicily has a rich diversity of foods thanks to the Greek, Arab and Spanish influences that have advanced on the island over the centuries. Sicily holidays are the perfect opportunity to sample the local desserts and pastries, such as cannoli – sweet tubes of ricotta – which originates here.

You'll see the Arab influence in brightly coloured marzipan treats and delicious variations of cakes and ice-cream featuring candied fruits, pistachios and chocolate. There are also several red and white wines, as well as Sicily's sweet marsala dessert wine and vino alla mandorla, a wine made with almonds.

Tasty Italian cuisine and superb sea views at Villa Dei Melograni, Cefalu

For a special holiday treat head to Villa Dei Melograni which is located at the foot of Cefalu castle and has superb views across the bay. This beautifully renovated ancient villa has three dining rooms on different levels and features a smart Mediterranean style cream and terracotta decor.

Serving delicious traditional Italian and European cuisine, this family-friendly restaurant has open-air terraces and a gazebo where you can relax and enjoy the scenery. It's a great place to go for dinner as a couple, or with a group of friends.

Delicious fresh seafood and inner courtyard at Cortile Pepe, Cefalu

Located in the centre of Cefalu town, Cortile Pepe is a charming restaurant that serves beautifully presented Italian and fresh seafood cuisine, which varies depending on the catch of the day. You'll find dishes such as tuna with orange and basil sauce, homemade gazpacho soup and Sicilian-style fried anchovies.

You can enjoy a tasty lunch here in the coolness of the open-air courtyard, or have a relaxed dinner with friends and family.

Authentic Sicilian cuisine and amazing scenery at Trattoria Chicchirichi, Castelmola

You'll find a friendly welcome at the family-run Trattoria Chicchirichi in Castelmola and amazing views over the mountains, along the coastline and out to sea. Specialising in homemade traditional Sicilian cuisine, they use only locally sourced produce and ingredients for their dishes.

You can dine on delicious pasta and seafood options such as fresh mussels with herbs and relax on the large open-air terrace. There is also a small pool here, where you and the kids can cool off in the sunshine.