WE just returned from a drive around the eastern side of Sicily. The food was very good, simple and well prepared wherever we went. The Nero d'Avola wine was wonderful everywhere.
In Taormina we found the hole-in-the-wall spot recommended by the NYT for aranchini and it was wonderful. It is down the steps from the Piazza at the Duomo. There is a sign leading to it or you will see people walking with their food.We had a superb dinner at Ristorante l'Orologio. It is above the Duomo and overlooks the Piazza. It was a very romantic spot to eat at with candlelight and music coming from below. Had swordfish alla Pietro which was the best I had in Sicily. We did go to L'Arco dei Cappuccini which was highly touted as the best seafood in Taurmina. It failed badly.
In Siracusa, we stayed near Ortigia and usually ate there. However on our last night we went to Bugia two blocks into Siracusa from the bridge.We had a marvelous meal there. I have near seen as fresh fish anywhere but at the market which is a must visit. We usually shared an appitizer, a pasta and an entree. Love that the portions are not gigantic. Each dish we ate at La Bugia was fresh prepared and perfect. The restaurant is on Via Malta 3.
In Agrigento had another wonderful dining experience at Il Re di Girgenti. It is such a romantic place. It overlooks the Valle dei Templi. As you drink lovely wine and dine on perfectly prepared fresh food, you overlook the temples lit up for the evening. What could be more perfect! From the outside of this restaurant, it looks like a joint. However, once inside, it is beautifully decorated, candlelit, lovely music, perfect service.
Lunches were often pizzas. Seems they are eaten everywhere and are all delicious.
A disappointment was that we never saw a blood red orange. Wrong time of year. Great eggplant dishes. Pasta alla Norma was delicious as was caponata.All seafood dishes were great. Please let me know if you go to any of these restaurants and what you found.