Several of my sailing friends recommended this food market in Sicily.
So I was decided; we weren’t going to leave Sicily without having visited this place!
And yes, it has everything… from a great sheltered bay to drop anchor, spectacular views of the ancient city, colourful people and funky local restaurants. Just trust your instincts and you will have a great culinary experience!
The food market is open daily from 8am-1pm, except on Sundays.
It’s rare to see such a huge range in local organic produce. I truly felt like a kid in a candy shop.
You might get over awed…. so a few suggestions not to miss out on are the following.
The grape tomatoes are redder than red and sweet.
Zucchini flowers; they are great in salads, pastas and battered. Cut off 1 cm of their stems and keep them in the fridge for up to 4 days!
If you are looking to make a herb garden on board, this is the place. They even sell caper plants!
The local peaches and melons are incredibly cheap and tasty.
Definitely, stock up on nuts. They are expensive, but there is always the possibility of some good natured negotiation!
They have several stalls with cured meets. Apart from the local delicacies such as Prosciutto, Mortadella and Salami which we all know, the ‘Mortandela’ is a must try! It’s not a sausage, but looks like a cured meat parcel and is made out of pig’s cheek, a real sensation!
Cheese–wise, I highly recommend the baked Ricotta (Al Forno), Fontina, Asiago and aged Pecorino.
In terms of seafood, the local specialty fish is swordfish and tuna. The range of fresh mussels, squid and octopus is huge. A must buy are the local red prawns. For the fans, they even sell chucked sea urchin!
Last but not least, you can’t leave the market without a pot of salted capers and a bunch of dried oregano!
PS: to my fellow sailors: Syracuse is famous for dinghy theft, so don’t leave your dinghy in the canals unless locked up. There is a marina where you can leave your dinghy. The office is a white permanent tent, the staff will tell you where to tie on. With a tip, they will definitely keep an eye on it!
Enjoy the experience!
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