10 Things to eat in Erice and where

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Joel Fulleda

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Small village perched 750 meters high, overlooking the Gulf of Trapani, Erice boasts a long history that mixes with the aromas and culinary specialties typical of the region.
Like any self-respecting trip, in fact, you cannot overlook the food and wine aspect that here, as in all of Sicily, will leave you with an indelible memory. Here's what to eat in Erice and where.


  1. Busiate with pesto alla trapanese
  2. caponata
  3. Fish cous cous
  4. Genovesi
  5. Mustazzoli of Erice
  6. Cabuccio from Trapani
  7. Tonnara products
  8. Arancine
  9. Erice DOC wine
  10. Bocconcini of Erice
  11. Where to eat in Erice: best restaurants, typical bars and street food
  12. User questions and comments

1 - Busiate with Trapani-style pesto

Among the typical first courses that can be found on the tables of Erice and Trapani there are the busiate, a type of pasta which owes its name to the "buso" branch with which they were once drawn.
The ideal sauce is Trapani pesto which derives from the Genoese one for the pesto base but the reworking includes among other ingredients tomatoes, almonds and garlic.
The result is very tasty and blends perfectly between the folds of the pasta which remains perfectly seasoned.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 7,00
  • Main ingredients: busiate, basil, tomatoes, almonds, garlic

2 - Caponata

Typical Sicilian side dish, the caponata that is eaten in the Trapani area is even tastier thanks to the aubergines grown on the 37th parallel, considered the perfect place for agriculture.

Based on eggplant (the purple and long ones) just picked and strictly cut into cubes, onion, celery, tomatoes, olives, capers and olive oil, it is a very tasty dish in which the sweet and sour taste of wine vinegar combined with sugar prevails.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 6,00
  • Main ingredients: aubergines, olive oil, capers, olives, tomatoes, wine vinegar, celery, onion

3 - Cous Cous with fish

It has Arab origins and was imported to Sicily during one of the numerous invasions and revisited with the typical flavors of the area.
The recipe for fish couscous that is eaten on the tables of Erice and Trapani was originally prepared by grandmothers on holidays in ceramic pots called "mafaradde".

The coarse-grained semolina is seasoned with a fish soup not too soupy prepared with scampi, clams, gurnard, tomato, garlic and onion.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 10,00
  • Main ingredients: cous cous, garlic, onion, tomato, scampi, clams, gurnard

4 - Genoese

Typical sweets of the Erice village, they are delicacies based on shortcrust pastry filled with custard and sprinkle with powdered sugar.
The name probably derives from the shape of these sweets which recalls the hat of the Genoese sailors who often passed through Trapani, since trade between Genoa and the Sicilian port was frequent.

But to give birth to these sweets were the cloistered nuns of Erice who prepared these delicacies along with many others. Unmissable stop is Mrs. Grammatico's pastry shop, who will delight you with her famous Genoese and other typical almond sweets!

  • Recommended to: always
  • Average cost: € 1,50 each
  • Main ingredients: shortcrust pastry (butter, flour, eggs), custard (milk, eggs), sugar

5 - Mustazzoli of Erice

It is a typical dessert of the village of Erice, they were prepared in the convent of the cloistered nuns.
It is elongated biscuits rather robust and dry which must be dipped in a glass of fortified wine (passito, malvasia, marsala).
Very tasty due to the presence of cinnamon and cloves, they are made from durum wheat flour, water, sugar and almonds.

  • Recommended to: always
  • Average cost: € 4,00 per kg
  • Main ingredients: durum wheat flour, water, sugar, cloves, cinnamon, almonds

6 - Cabuccio Trapani

Typical specialty of the area, also called an officer's sandwich is one stuffed focaccia created with pizza dough which is cut in half and stuffed with oil, anchovies, rosemary and sliced ​​tomato.
To be served very hot, there is also the variant with cooked ham and mozzarella, much appreciated and in demand.
Cabuccio is a classic of Sicilian street food, to be eaten at any time of the day.

  • Recommended to: lunch, dinner, snack
  • Average cost: € 8,00
  • Main ingredients: pizza dough (flour, yeast, water), tomato, anchovies, oil, rosemary

7 - Tuna products

Tuna is considered by Sicilians to be the sea pig since nothing is thrown away!
In Trapani, a city where there are many tuna traps, every part of this fish is processed and made a delicious dish and in some cases a product of excellence.

We suggest you taste the bottarga (tuna eggs) to eat sliced ​​and seasoned with a little oil and pepper, or grated on top of the pasta; the ficazza (tuna sausage that is obtained with the dorsal parts) and the tuna carpaccio.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 16,00 per pound
  • Main ingredients: tuna fish

8 - Arancine

Famous street food, typical of every area of ​​Sicily, has always created a diatribe about whether they are female "arancine" or male "arancini".
In Trapani and Erice they are female and are prepared with rice and saffron, then seasoned and finally fried in boiling oil after being breaded.
The filling can be based on meat or fish, ham or cheese and whatever variant you try you will not be disappointed.

  • Recommended to: always
  • Average cost: € 1,50 each
  • Main ingredients: rice, butter, eggs, various toppings, oil for frying

9 - Erice DOC wine

Wine established in 2004 and produced in the hilly area surrounding the Erice area, whose vineyards are planted between 200 and 650 meters high.
The DOC wines of Erice they include the variant of white, chardonnay, passito, moscato, spumante and red.
The scent is delicate and fragrant, the flavor is dry, harmonious and lively and the different types combine perfectly with the local cuisine.

  • Recommended to:always
  • Average cost: from € 6,00 per bottle
  • Main ingredients: wine

10 - Bocconcini of Erice

They are very sweet pastries with an intense flavor and a scent of cedar and almond.
The original recipe comes from the monastery of San Carlo di Erice, where the nuns prepared these sweets and then sold them outside. Today they are found in all pastry shops and are prepared with real pasta, that is marzipan, that is stuffed with liqueur-flavored cedar jam.

  • Recommended to: always
  • Average cost: € 0,50 each
  • Main ingredients: almonds, sugar, cedar, water

Where to eat in Erice: best restaurants, typical bars and street food

If you are in Erice and want to know the ancient culinary tradition of this area you will be spoiled for choice.
Here you can find trattorias, taverns, but also pastry shops and small places that offer the delicacies of Erice and Trapani with fair and honest prices. Here's where we recommend you eat!

1 - The pentolaccia

  • Description: inside a 600th century convent, it is a rustic but elegant place where you can taste local dishes at fair prices
  • specialty: fish couscous, ravioli stuffed with grouper,
  • Average price: from € 18,00 per person
  • Address: via Gian Filippo Guarnotti 17, Tel: 0923 869099 - Get directions

2 - The fried round

  • Description: ideal for a mid-day snack or for street food, this simple place is a must in Erice
  • specialty: arancine
  • Average price: from € 2,00 per person
  • Address: via Vittorio Emanuele 100, Tel: 328 137 8708 - Get directions

3 - The Arches of San Carlo

  • Description: former medieval convent with a beautiful internal courtyard, the restaurant offers typical Sicilian dishes
  • specialty: caponata, busiate with pesto alla trapanese, grilled octopus
  • Average price: from € 25,00 per person
  • Address: via S. Carlo 10, Tel: 339 234 6579 - Get directions

4 - Maria Grammatico pastry shop

  • Description: cozy and intimate place with wooden furnishings that serves the best desserts of Erice ideal for a breakfast, a coffee break or a snack
  • specialty: Genoese, mustazzoli, cassate
  • Average price: from € 2,00 per person
  • Address: via Vittorio Emanuele 14, Tel: 0923 869390 - Get directions

5 - Osteria di Venere

  • Description: restaurant in the historic center of Erice in a deconsecrated church of the 600 managed by courteous staff who offers typical menus with excellent products
  • specialty: tuna specialties, busiate with Trapani pesto, swordfish rolls
  • Average price: from € 30,00 per person
  • Address: via Roma 6, Tel: 0923 869362 - Get directions

6 - Forno Rizzo

  • Description: the ideal place for a mid-day snack where you can taste the sweet and savory Trapani specialties
  • specialty: cabuccio trapanese, arancine, pizza by the slice and desserts
  • Average price: from € 2,00 per person
  • Address: via Cosenza 3/5, Tel: 0923 553360 - Get directions

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