We ordered the seven course, 60 euro tasting menu for a special occasion, and got an education in local traditions and ingredients along with our meal. After an introductory Prosecco, the chef started us off with six precious bites of local raw seafood, each accompanied by a small spoonful of olive oil. Each oil had a different flavor - lemon, tarragon, pepper, smoke, charcoal... - meant to complement the morsels of baby squid, shrimp, etc. It was a memorable start. Then we had the richest squid ink "soup" I've ever tasted -which was absolutely delicious. This was followed by beautiful handmade seafood ravioli purses, grilled octopus, and other courses, ending with a homage to the Sicilian cannolo that used goat's milk cheese made by Albanian immigrant farmers for the filling.
The bread on the table was made with distinct varieties of Sicilian wheat. Even my after-dinner amaro was made with herbs from a mountain less than 3 km away.
The wine list also featured Sicilian choices, but included internationally famous Italian and French wines as well.
The standout was our host, who spoke fluent English, explained every course in detail, and gracefully accommodated our teenage daughters' dietary restrictions.
My only caution would be to pace yourself: the portions are larger than I've found on tasting menus in France, Spain and other parts of Italy. This is Sicily, after all.
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