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Sicily- Why can't we find opinionated, trustworthy food bloggers

Reneekelah | Jun 17, 201602:36 PM

There are fantastic food bloggers writing about Rome- Katie Parla (, Elizabeth Minchilli (, we're looking at you! These women do not hesitate to wax positive or negative, as the situation demands. But Sicily? No such luck. My boyfriend and I are food fanatics- I think we would give up sex before we gave up good food! I also have to admit that we are opinionated and impossible to please, if apologetically so. We live in San Francisco, he's a former chef, I was raised by a food lover in NYC, we shop at the farmer's market every week. In short, we are spoiled. Nopa, Rich Table, Zuni, Locanda, Monsieur Benjamin get us fired up. Commonwealth, Atelier Crenn, Coi are not our style. In the past, before the Internet era, I travelled in Italy (Tuscany) and had awful meal followed by awful meal. I lived in Paris for years and had many terrible meals there as well. This experience could happen anywhere, including here in the Bay Area. We are going to Sicily for 3 whole weeks in September. We chose Sicily for the food and for the swimming (we are San Francisco Bay swimmers), and though we are not perfectionists (of course some food will be mediocre, of course some beaches will be crappy), we would still like some robust recommendations. And we're struggling to find them. Even the slow food recommendations seem questionable. Though there's been a recent explosion of coverage on visiting Sicily (WSJ, NYT), no one has come at it with a focus on the food. And Sicily is famous for its food- Italian-American cuisine is most influenced by Sicily. So if anyone has some insight on this, please don't hesitate to share. We are interested in traditional, unpretentious food that may not look beautiful on the plate but is gorgeous on the tongue. We do not photograph our food; we eat it. We are not opposed to modern interpretations of traditional cuisine, but then again, maybe we are. For example, Ristorante Duomo in Ragusa looks like someplace we will avoid. We will definitely be visiting the Southeast (Siracusa, Noto, Modica, Ragusa, Chiaramonte Gulfi) and the Northwest (Palermo, Trapani), but we would love to hear STRONG AND INFORMED OPINIONS about any of the food of Sicily.

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