Licata: Home of Sicily’s Best Restaurant

Licata on the southern coast of Sicily is a town you would probably drive through without stopping if it wasn’t the home of one of Sicily’s best restaurants.

It’s an easy lunch stop on the way from the baroque towns of Noto, Modica and Ragusa to Agrigento’s Valley of the Temples


Chef Pino Cuttaia is a local boy. He was born in Licata before moving with his family to Piedmont. After honing his skills here he returned home and, with his wife Loredana, opened Ristorante La Madia.

The restaurants is fairly well hidden. An unassuming entrance gives no indication to the fabulous food that awaits you.

Ristorante La Madia

The entrance to Ristorante La Madia


With such fabulous local produce and Pino Cuttaia’s  modern interpretation of Sicilian dishes, the restaurant now has two Michelin Stars.

We indulged in the nine course degustation menu with the title ‘Creativo”  Every dish was superb!  What I particularly loved was that Chef Pino would appear with every course to explain it to us. Service was excellent and it was the perfect way to spend an afternoon.

Dishes at Ristorante La Madia

Dishes from our ‘Creativo’ menu at Ristorante La Madia

I can’t wait to go back!


Ristorante La Madia
Corso Filippo Re Capriata, 22
Licata (Agrigento)
Tel:  +39.0922.771443

Closed: Tuesday and Sunday dinner in Winter,
Tuesday and Sunday lunch in  July and August

Website: Ristorante La Madia 


Related Articles:

This post is part of the 2014 A to Z Challenge You can read all the posts on my theme “Off the Beaten Track”  here 

2 people like this post.

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...Pin It

, ,

12 Responses to Licata: Home of Sicily’s Best Restaurant

  1. Corinne April 14, 2014 at 5:46 pm #

    Jenny, This restaurant looks absolutely amazing. I would love to try it!

    • Jenny Freedman April 19, 2014 at 5:37 pm #

      It’s fabulous Corinne. If you ever get to Sicily, it is definitely one to go to!

  2. Rhonda Albom April 14, 2014 at 9:37 pm #

    I must be craving sweets, because as I look at your photos the sweet treats are really calling me.

    • Jenny Freedman April 19, 2014 at 5:38 pm #

      The desserts were pretty special Rhonda. The canolli was to die for!

  3. Jemima Pett April 15, 2014 at 1:28 am #

    One day, when I go on my Montalbano tour of Sicily, I will savours this restaurant! Lovely post!
    Blogging from Alpha to Zulu in April

    • Jenny Freedman April 19, 2014 at 5:44 pm #

      Thanks Jemima. It’s not that far from where the Montalbano series was filmed.

  4. Donna Amis Davis April 15, 2014 at 12:39 pm #

    Some of those creations look mouth-watering. What a fun find. It pays to do your homework! But the tentacles. . . well, maybe I’ll share them with someone else.

    • Jenny Freedman April 19, 2014 at 5:46 pm #

      They were delicious Donna. It definitely pays to do your homework. I’m a great believer in researching a trip before you go.

  5. Krista April 15, 2014 at 3:35 pm #

    That sounds absolutely delicious – every last bit of it. 🙂

    • Jenny Freedman April 19, 2014 at 5:34 pm #

      It was Krista…a very special restaurant.

  6. Muza-chan April 16, 2014 at 1:12 pm #

    Looks delicious 🙂

  7. Shing April 18, 2014 at 2:35 pm #

    Each dish looks like a work of art! And I love how the restaurant exterior looks so unassuming!

Leave a Reply