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Food & Wines in Taormina

 

Sicilian cuisine is deeply cosmopolitan, drawing from the culinary culture of all its invaders. The Arabs introduced aubergines and rice as well as a sweet and spicy cuisine. The French and Spanish refined the raw ingredients and the end result is a sumptuous Mediterranean stew in which pasta, tomatoes, vegetables, sea food, lemons extra virgin olive oil and various herbs predominate.Food & Wines in Taormina

Primarily, Sicilian food mixes Italian staples – pasta, tomato sauce and fresh vegetables – with local specialties and products of the traditional island industries: red chilies, tuna, swordfish and sardines, olives, pine nuts and capers all figure heavily.

 

The mild winter climate and long summer mean that fruit and vegetables are less seasonal here than in northern Europe and are also much bigger and more impressive. In Sicily you may discover the true “cucina povera”, the pillar of the famous Mediterranean diet: pasta (fresh and dried) dressed with pure, extra virgin olive oil and fresh vegetables, lightly grilled fish, lamb or goat seasoned with herbs.Food & Wines in Taormina

A healthy, peasant food, unspoilt by cloying sauces. You will discover how well and how healthfully you can eat without heavy sauces and fats. Taormina has approximately 80 restaurants, trattorie and pizzerie, all open from noon to 3 pm and from 7 until 12 pm or even later than that.

 

Although a trattoria is a cheaper, simpler place than a ristorante, in reality in Taormina they are both serving fabulous Sicilian meals. Most ristoranti and trattorie in town display a menu outside with prices so that you know exactly what to expect. Food & Wines in Taormina

Food & Wines in Taormina
Food & Wines in Taormina

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the “ANTIPASTI”

 

Hors d‘Oeuvres (“Antipasti”), literally “before the meal”. Starters in Taormina‘s restaurants are often sumptuously displayed to tempt you the minute you walk in.

In Taormina more Sicily Antipasti to try:

  • Cold dishes as “insalata di mare” (seafood salad tossed in olive oil, lemon and herbs)
  • Vegetables, salami, ham, olives, stuffed artichoke hearths, anchovies and aubergines in various guises, “peperonata” (peppers in oil) or “pomodori ripeni” (stuffed tomatoes).
  • Aubergines are a staple, wether grilled, fried, stuffed (“involtini di melanzane”), or baked in a cheese and tomato sauce (“melanzane alla parmigiana”).
  • Try “pesce spada affumicato”, smoked sword-fish
  • Or “alici marinate” (marinated anchovies).
  • A favorite starter is also “caponata”, a dish of fried peppers, aubergines, tomatoes, courgettis and olives.

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the “PRIMI”

 

First course (“primo”). Soups or pasta dishes.

In Taormina we recommend to try:

  • Pasta with fresh tomatoes and basil, “pennette alla norma” (an eggplant sauce)
  • “pasta con le sarde” (with a sauce of sardines, tomatoes, pine nuts and rasins)
  • “linguine al limone”, surprisingly simple and delicious
  • “risotto alla marinara” (steamed rice with fresh seafood)
  • “spaghetti al nero di seppia” (with the black squid sauce)
  • “spaghetti ai frutti di mare” (seafood)
  • “spaghetti ai ricci di mare” (with sea-urchin‘s eggs)
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Food & Wines in Taormina

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the “SECONDI”

 

Main courses (“secondi”). The fish has a place of honor in the second courses of Sicilian cuisine.

in Taormina you mustn‘t miss out:

  • “involtini di pesce spada” (grilled sword-fish rolls)
  • the “grigliata mista”, a mixed seafood grill.
  • “triglie” (red mullets)
  • “aragosta” (the clawless Mediterranean lobster)
  • “Sarde a beccafico” (filetted sardines stuffed with cheese, garlic, parsley and capers)
  • “neonata a pastelle” (tiny fried fish). Carne (meat)
  • try the tasty local “salsiccia” (sausages in red wine with fennel seeds)
  • “coniglio alla cacciatora” (rabbit steamed in herbs)
  • “capretto al forno” (baked kid batter).

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the DESSERTS

 

The Desserts, close gently an excellent lunch or a delicious dinner, or are always welcome at all hours Food & Wines in Taormina

in Taormina the desserts typical of Sicilian cuisine are also exceptional:

  • “Cassata” or “torta cassata” is an ice cream or tart with almonds and candied fruits,
  • “cannoli alla ricotta” (sponge cake filled with a delicious cream made of sheep-milk and candied fruits)
  • “sfogliatelle” (sweet ricotta turnovers)
  • “paste di mandorla” (almond cakes)
  • “marzapane” (marchpane)
  • “Gelato” (ice-cream) made in Taormina is simply unique and of course
  • granita, the typical Sicilian breakfast, especially in summer
Food & Wines in Taormina
Food & Wines in Taormina

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the WINES

 

Italy is the largest wine-producing country in the world. The south is more prodigious a producer of wine than the north and Sicily produces some of the best wines in the country.

This is a list divided into white wines and red wines from the most valuable and typical wineries:

 

SICILIAN WHITES

WHITE Wine Label

SICILIAN REDS

RED Wine Label

SPUMANTE BRUT

Duca di Salaparuta

SANTA CECILIA

Planeta

BACCANTE Abbazia S.Anastasia CINQUEGRANI

Abbazia S.Anastasia

BIANCO DI VALGUARNERA

Duca di Salaparuta

SAIA

Feudo Maccari

CHIARANDO‘ DEL MERLO

Donnafugata DUCA ENRICO

Duca di Salaparuta

CHARDONNAY

Planeta

ETNA ROSSO D.O.C. Murgo

MOZIA DOC

Tasca di Almerita

ETNA ROSSO DI VERZELLA

Cantine Benanti

ETNA BIANCO D.O.C

Cottanera

MUSUMECI ETNA

Tenute di Fessina

ETNA BIANCO D.O.C

Duca di Salaparuta LA SEGRETA ROSSO

Planeta

ALTA MORA ETNA

Cusumano

MILLE E UNA NOTTE

Donnafugata

MARIA COSTANZA

Cantine Milazzo PASSOMAGGIO Abbazzia S.Anastasia

NOZZE D‘ORO

Regaleali

PLANETA MERLOT

Planeta

ARCHINERI ETNA

Pietradolce

ROSSO DEL CONTE

Regaleali

RAPITALA‘ GRAN CROU Rapitalà SCIRI CERASUOLO DI VITTORIA

Cos

PASSOBIANCO ETNA

Passopisciaro

ARCHINERI ETNA

Pietradolce

LE VIGNE NICHE

Tenuta delle terre nere

SANTO SIRITO ETNA doc

Tenuta delle terre nere

ETNA ROSE’ doc

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Passopisciaro

VILLA TASCA

Regaleali

NAWARI

Duca di Salaparuta

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DESSERT WINES

 

Sicily also produces valuable and precious dessert wines, ideal for a fine dinner and to accompany many delicacies of Sicilian cuisine

So once in Taormina we recommend to try:

Dessert Wines

  • Marsala, a sweet or dry fortified wine which is a distant cousin of sherry
  • Moscato di Pantelleria
  • Passito di Pantelleria
  • Malvasia di Lipari
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