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Ideas for those staying overnight in Palermo, Sicily

Kurtis | Jun 23, 201610:00 AM    

Here's some ideas if you are making Palermo as a starting/jumping point in your tour of Sicily. We landed here around 5pm on a weekend early this month, and had an evening and a morning to explore before driving outward. I initially considered two options as both seemed to fit rustic traditional trattorias which we were looking for:

Trattoria ai Cascinari
Zia Pina

We ended up at Zia Pina as only reservation available at ai Cascinari was past 10pm. Zia Pina was good choice representing simple but good representation of local comfort food. Here's a few more names that my local connect recommended which I decided against for the night as all except one seemed to be in a bit modern setting which we would have definitely tried if we stayed any longer:

Locanda Del Gusto
Carlo V
Buatta Cucina Popolana Palermo
Casa del Brodo (this one appears more traditional trattoria)

After the meal at Zia Pina, we walked up a block (westward on Via dei Cassari) to find a piazza (see pics) where there were a handful of outdoor vendors selling grilled meats/seafood, fried seafood, fruits and such, and a crowd with beer in hand who looked mix of young locals and tourists. We were bit too full to try any other than some fruits, but certainly something we would have enjoyed on another night.

A short stroll from here at the corner of Via Vittorio Emmanuele and Via della Loggia we found one of many pani ca' meusa vendors in Palermo, and it was every bit delicious with thin cuts of spleen/liver/lung fried in lard with sprinkle of salt.

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