Tuesday Travel Bite: Da Vittorio in Porto Palo, Sicily

As we checked in to La Foresteria, Planeta Wine’s B&B near Menfi in Sicily, I asked my usual question “Are there any restaurants we should go to whilst we are here”.

This is how we learnt about Da Vittorio in Porto Palo, a beach side restaurant not far away, known for its seafood.

Having left the small fishing port of Sciacca, we  had decided to spend a few days tasting some of Sicily’s best wines before heading west to Mazara del Vallo, another fishing town.

Fishing is important to the villages along this coast. Boats ply these waters day after day, often competing with Tunisian fisherman, to bring many different varieties of fish to the market place. The restaurants serve some of the freshest seafood I have ever had.

 

Da Vittorio Ristorante in Porto Palo, Sicily

 

Da Vittorio’s is right on the beach. At this time of the year (May) it was deserted but in summer it is a popular spot. Its reputation ensures that it always attracts a large crowd. Everyone wants to eat at Da Vittorio.

In a restaurant such as this it is best to let them bring you a selection of the day’s antipasti and then decide on what pasta dish and main course you will have.

For me the antipasti can’t be beaten. Plate after plate of freshly caught seafood….octopus drizzled with oil and lemon juice, tiny marinated anchovies, small deep fried fish and the best of all, the sweet, sweet gambero rosso prawns bought up from the cold depths of the ocean. They have the most incredible flavour.

 

Antipasto at Da Vittorio Ristorante in Porto Palo, Sicily

 

Pasta con i ricci di mare, pasta with sea urchins, cannot be missed. Sea urchins are a delicacy here and and a perfect partner for pasta. Da Vittorio’s special Zuppe di Pesce also needed to be tasted! Delicious.

 

Pasta dishes at Da Vittorio Ristorante in Porto Palo, Sicily

 

We did share the superb fritto misto which followed!

Fritto Misto at Da Vittorio Ristorante in Porto Palo, Sicily

 

…and passed on dessert!!

 

It was only after returning home and watching the brilliant series of Sicily Unplugged, did I learn that this was chef Giorgio Locatelli’s favourite restaurant in Sicily, a place he returns to often to cook with his friend Vittorio.
I can see why!

 

 

Da Vittorio Ristorante e Albergo
Via Fruili Venezia Giulia, 9
Porto Palo de Menfi
Tel: +39 0925 78381
Da Vittorio also has rooms if you are looking for somewhere to stay.
www.ristorantevittorio.it

 

 

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12 Responses to Tuesday Travel Bite: Da Vittorio in Porto Palo, Sicily

  1. Leigh February 27, 2013 at 11:55 am #

    I haven’t been to Sicily yet but it has a great deal of appeal. What a lucky find for you.

    • [email protected] February 27, 2013 at 6:35 pm #

      Sicily was a fabulous holiday Leigh and the food everywhere was a delicious as this!

  2. Sarah February 27, 2013 at 12:19 pm #

    Oh, yes please! Love those photos Jenny. Mmm octopus – never tastes the same when eaten away from the Mediterranean.

    • [email protected] February 27, 2013 at 6:38 pm #

      Thanks Sarah.You’d love this spot! We just have to head back to Europe to enjoy these taste sensations again..what a shame!!

  3. Jennifer February 27, 2013 at 9:23 pm #

    We haven’t been to Sicily yet despite living in Italy. I’ve been thinking more and more about planning a trip this year and definitely bookmarking this as a place we must eat!

    • [email protected] February 28, 2013 at 10:19 pm #

      You’d love Sicily Jennifer…it’s a fabulous place. Maybe you’ll get there one day! I’m the same with travel…I’d rather head to Europe instead of exploring my own backyard!

  4. Karen (Back Road Journal) February 28, 2013 at 8:36 am #

    Nothing bets simple and freshly prepared food. I’m sure the meal was memorable.

    • [email protected] February 28, 2013 at 10:29 pm #

      It’s so true Karen..all you need is fabulous fresh produce to make a delicious meal!

  5. budget jan February 28, 2013 at 10:13 am #

    I remember that show well. What serendipity that you arrived at the same place.

    • [email protected] February 28, 2013 at 10:31 pm #

      I couldn’t believe it when I was watching the show. I’d also been given Giorgio Locatelli’s book after our trip but I hadn’t read all of it before seeing the show! We didn’t miss much on our trip!

  6. budget jan March 1, 2013 at 8:10 am #

    It must be a good feeling to be able to say you didn’t miss much on your trip. I quite often find out when we leave a place that there were many more things we should have seen and/or done!

    • [email protected] March 2, 2013 at 1:35 pm #

      I actually meant it in regards to Locatelli’s book in that a lot of the places he recommended we had visited. I had done a lot of research before leaving which helped us to see a lot on our travels. Even though we had five weeks in Sicily, we still didn’t have time to explore the north east corner so it looks as though we may have to go back!! Time…if only we had more!

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