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Palermo, Modica and Siracusa recs? And Rome list for review

Leely2 | Feb 17, 201108:40 PM

Good evening to all,

We are off for a first visit to Sicily next month. Though we'll be doing some driving around the island, if anyone has recommendations for Palermo, Modica and Ortigia/Siracusa, I'd love to hear them. There doesn't seem to be much online in English--that I've found anyway; I'd be happy to be pointed in the right direction--about restaurants in Sicily. I read the long Sicily thread but it seemed to be focused on "authentic" or "real Sicilian" cuisine. I'm not so hung up on that, though I would certainly appreciate it. For our trip we just want good ingredients cooked well: traditional, nouvelle or other. Upscale, downscale, doesn't matter.

If I am missing a great resource for Sicilian restaurants--book, blog, whatever--please just tell me! I'm having a hard time wrapping my mind around Sicily for some reason.

We have five nights in Rome after Sicily. We've been to Rome several times, though our last visit was two years ago. That trip the real standouts were Antico Arco and Checchino dal 1887. This time we will probably revisit both (if they are still good?) and add Grano, Colline Emiliane, ? I am sure we will need some others either for dinner or lunch. Our stay includes a Sunday and a Monday.

Am I missing something fantastic? I feel as if there was some place--many places?--in San Giovanni I had wanted to try but never made it over there.

We are happy to taxi anywhere for dinner. Price is somewhat flexible too. Again, as in Sicily, we don't have a fixed idea of what we should or need to eat other than good food made from high-quality ingredients and prepared with some care.

Thanks in advance for any advice/opinions.

Antico Arco
Piazzale Aurelio, 7, Roma 00151, IT

Colline Emiliane
Via degli Avignonesi, 22, Rome, Lazio 00187, IT

Piazza Rondanini, 53, Rome, Lazio 00186, IT

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