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Ristorante Centrale

Piazza VI Dicembre, 9, 94100, Enna, Sicily, Italy
+39 0935 500963
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Overview
  • Excellent46%
  • Very good33%
  • Average10%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible4%
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“pasta” (15 reviews)
“tiramisu” (2 reviews)
Open Now
10:30 - 23:00All hours
CUISINES
Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly
PRICE
££ - £££
RATINGS
Service
Food
Value
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LOCATION
Piazza VI Dicembre, 9, 94100, Enna, Sicily, Italy
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1 - 10 of 66 reviews

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great value for this restaurant, which was recommended to us by our hosts in Enna. It is quite central and it offers outdoor covered seating. We went there on two different evenings because the food and service were very good - also, cheap! They have...More

Thank Sabina L
Reviewed 25 May 2017 via mobile

Tucked in a dirty alleyway off Via Roma (main street of Enna) with an old plastic awning and faded menu, we had low expectations of this restaurant which had been recommended to us by the B&B we were staying in. Once inside, it is a...More

Thank BigCol911
Reviewed 9 May 2017 via mobile

Didn't have many expectations as the location was a bit hidden but to my surprise the food was really good. They served 2 types of pasta which were really delicious and for the second course we had one meat plate and one fish plate, both...More

Thank Florin B
Reviewed 1 May 2017

Classic old Sicilian restaurant with helpful friendly staff. 'Menu' meals well prepared and good value. Prompt service, decent house wines, right off Via Roma in the Centro Storico. We were the only stranieri - pleasing! - but warmly welcomed. Would return.

Thank Irlantilainen
Reviewed 22 April 2017

This is a decent choice in Enna and the food was good, but I would not say that it was exceptional and I would not especially seek it out again.

Thank Malcolmj960
Reviewed 6 April 2017

Family run restaurant with a friendly touch. Just had a main course of veal escalope which was very pleasant; really good value on the house wines.

Thank wardie2017
Reviewed 3 November 2016 via mobile

The Antipasti-buffet was actually quite ok. But the two pasta dishes (a la chef, centrale) we had, were a real disappointment. Drenched in panna and tasteless. But we were offered two grappa for compensation. So not too bad, but a lot more of imagination in...More

Thank Christian W
Reviewed 12 October 2016

Very bright light, and nearly thought "not for us" but very glad we stayed to enjoy excellent local tastes - the Macaroni Enna was truly sensational (still hoping for the recipe) and the service very friendly and welcoming. Located by main square and town, and...More

1  Thank Jane M
Reviewed 8 October 2016

Family run restaurant, frequented by locals as well as tourists. Good all round selection of dishes with an excellent buffet antipasti starter.

Thank MikeLondon2014
Reviewed 4 October 2016 via mobile

If you see no local people at this restaurant, it is probably because they found the flavors as washed out and vapid as we did tonight. We are easy to please, and accustomed to finding very good cooking everywhere in Italy. Their buffet of antipasta...More

Thank 413Travel
giuseppe p, Proprietario at Ristorante Centrale, responded to this reviewResponded 7 October 2016
Google Translation

Salve, la invito a ritornare e a gustare gli stessi piatti e molto di piu'. Per me è importante soddisfare...More

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$17 - US$35
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Television, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Buffet
Good for
Local cuisine, Groups, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
10:30 - 23:00
Monday
10:30 - 23:00
Tuesday
10:30 - 23:00
Wednesday
10:30 - 23:00
Thursday
10:30 - 23:00
Friday
10:30 - 23:00
Saturday
19:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Piazza VI Dicembre, 9, 94100, Enna, Sicily, Italy
  • Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Sicily  >  Province of Enna  >  Enna
  • Phone Number: +39 0935 500963
  • E-mail
Description
Ristorante Centrale lies within the historical heart of Enna, the town traditionally referred to as 'Sicily's navel' as it stands, at an altitude of 1,000 metres above sea level, in the exact geographical centre of Sicily. Ristorante Centrale, accessed through a small lane, sits within a historic building which overlooks Piazza VI Dicembre, formerly Piazza San Marco (Saint Mark's Square). This was built at the beginning of the 1900s to replace an old Monastery's small garden. The Monastery's structure ('Monastero delle Ree pentite' - Monastery of the penitent offenders) gave its name to the street behind the Restaurant (Via Ree Pentite) and survived until 1897. Since its establishment at the beginning of the 1900s, Ristorante Centrale proudly carries on Enna's ancient culinary traditions through a cuisine which uses strictly fresh and locally sourced ingredients. Our simple cuisine is reminiscent of ancient culinary rituals which reveal the abundant flavours and products of our land. Ristorante Centrale gives you the opportunity to taste ancient traditional recipes from the Mediterranean such as the 'frascatola' (cream of vegetables), the 'figliulata ca' cipudda' (onion's omelette), the 'caprettu abbuttunatu' (Roast Kid with pecorino ennese and garlic), the 'farsumagru all'ennese' (Traditional stuffed roast), and the 'maccarruna alla castrugiuannisa' (Local style maccheroni). Ristorante Centrale proudly serves a very old recipe, 'u sciabbo', prepared with sweet pork mincemeat and cocoa. The recipe of this and other traditional dishes have carefully been preserved and protected by the Pirrera family in the last 45 years. It was in 1968 that Gaetano Pirrera decided to take over the restaurant's ownership, having fallen for the charm of its delightful decor. Ristorante Centrale still preserves its big mirrored wall which hosts, within a rounded niche in its centre, an antique vase depicting 'The Rape of Proserpina'. The restaurant also preserves two beautiful bas-reliefs, made in the 40s, portraying convivial scenes in a villa overlooking Lake Pergusa. Gaetano begun his culinary erudition as a child, working in various bars and restaurants of the area, but most importantly working in baronial houses for affluent families. It was here that Gaetano learned the gastronomic secrets of the prestigious 'Monsu'. The Monsu were celebrated cooks, formerly of French origins, employed by aristocratic families in order to impress their guests, as they were able to transform every dinner into a proper culinary ritual. Gaetano was able to combine the knowledge acquired from the Monsu to his own creativity thus adding a personal touch to the traditional Sicilian cuisine. Nonetheless, Gaetano was always eager to preserve the simplicity of Sicilian cuisine and of our cultural origins, two key 'ingredients' which his son Giuseppe, now owner of the family business, proudly maintains and nurtures with great care. The deep bond between father and son has given an unique twist to traditional recipes. A good example of this can be found in the 'Arancini do' Centrali' (Centrale's Arancini). These are traditional rice balls stuffed with various ingredients and popular throughout Sicily. Ristorante Centrale, however, has been able to make them its own, and the 'Arancini do' Centrali' are considered to be one of Enna's most famous products. It is to honour this that Giuseppe, throughout the year, organises 'Arancini' evenings (Serata dell'Arancino). These 'golden spheres' are the stars of the evening, and are placed at the centre of our imperial table, the same one used to accommodate King Vittorio Emanuele III during his visit in the 1940s. The fresh cuisine of Ristorante Centrale can surprise when you least expect it... ... The smell of freshly cooked vegetables, used to make our delicious Caponata, might be carried by the wind on a fresh spring evening, and surprise you while sitting on a bench in Piazza VI Dicembre ...... On a cold January noon, while walking through S. Antonio's market close to Addolorata's Church, your appetite might be tickled by the scent of wild fennel dancing on our pan, the ones used to dress our 'Maccheroni ai sapori locali' (Local flavour's Maccheroni) ...... Finally, while on Via Ree Pentite, a beautiful Sicilian lady might invite you, with a gorgeous smile, to enter her kitchen and admire the sizzling pork cheek, mountain artichokes and sweet and sour shallots, surrounded by a delightful mist produced by the vanishing white wine from Mount Etna. Ristorante Centrale has a long tradition of hosting notorious guests. These have included Placido Domingo, Katia Ricciarelli, Beppe Grillo, Pino Daniele, Nino Frassica, Enzo Iacchetti and Miriam Makeba. Recently, Ristorante Centrale has hosted various comedians from the Italian show 'Zelig' such as Checco Zelone e many others.Throughout the summer our dining hall is pleasantly air-conditioned. Alternatively, you can choose to dine in one of our 40 outdoor tables overlooking the town square.(rewiew Anna Tinebra - translation Luisa Termine)
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