As we checked in to La Foresteria, Planeta Wine’s B&B near Menfi in Sicily, I asked my usual question “Are there any restaurants we should go to whilst we are here”.
This is how we learnt about Da Vittorio in Porto Palo, a beach side restaurant not far away, known for its seafood.
Having left the small fishing port of Sciacca, we had decided to spend a few days tasting some of Sicily’s best wines before heading west to Mazara del Vallo, another fishing town.
Fishing is important to the villages along this coast. Boats ply these waters day after day, often competing with Tunisian fisherman, to bring many different varieties of fish to the market place. The restaurants serve some of the freshest seafood I have ever had.
Da Vittorio’s is right on the beach. At this time of the year (May) it was deserted but in summer it is a popular spot. Its reputation ensures that it always attracts a large crowd. Everyone wants to eat at Da Vittorio.
In a restaurant such as this it is best to let them bring you a selection of the day’s antipasti and then decide on what pasta dish and main course you will have.
For me the antipasti can’t be beaten. Plate after plate of freshly caught seafood….octopus drizzled with oil and lemon juice, tiny marinated anchovies, small deep fried fish and the best of all, the sweet, sweet gambero rosso prawns bought up from the cold depths of the ocean. They have the most incredible flavour.
Pasta con i ricci di mare, pasta with sea urchins, cannot be missed. Sea urchins are a delicacy here and and a perfect partner for pasta. Da Vittorio’s special Zuppe di Pesce also needed to be tasted! Delicious.
We did share the superb fritto misto which followed!
…and passed on dessert!!
It was only after returning home and watching the brilliant series of Sicily Unplugged, did I learn that this was chef Giorgio Locatelli’s favourite restaurant in Sicily, a place he returns to often to cook with his friend Vittorio.
I can see why!
Da Vittorio Ristorante e Albergo
Via Fruili Venezia Giulia, 9
Porto Palo de Menfi
Tel: +39 0925 78381
Da Vittorio also has rooms if you are looking for somewhere to stay.
The Fisherman of Sciacca
Mazara del Vallo
Lunch in Caltabellotta