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10 Things to eat in Favignana and where


Favignana's cuisine is characterized by some typical ingredients of the Mediterranean diet: olive oil, rosemary, fish and vegetables.

The peculiarity of the island is that of having had contacts with different cultures, which have enriched its identity, including its culinary one, over all the Arab and Spanish ones.
The best known recipes are those based on tuna, whose fishing until a few years ago was a ritual that involved citizens and tourists.



Index

  1. Tuna meatballs
  2. Cous Cous
  3. Frascatole
  4. Baby girl pancakes
  5. busiate
  6. Spaghetti with sea urchins
  7. Cunzato bread
  8. Sarde A Beccafico
  9. cassatelle
  10. Herbal liqueur
  11. Where to eat in Favignana: best restaurants, typical bars and street food
  12. User questions and comments

1 - Tuna meatballs

In the early decades of the 900s, the workers who worked at the Florio di Favignana factory (former tuna processing industry, now a museum), in addition to their salary, were given the "waste" of fish.
Women created the famous meatballs with tuna scraps, combining them with the breadcrumbs and the egg.

Today for the preparation of the dish the noblest parts of the fish are chosen, mixing them with salt, pepper, parsley, garlic, basil and beaten egg.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 8,00
  • Main ingredients: tuna, salt, pepper, parsley, garlic, basil and beaten egg

2 - Cous Cous

It is a dish of Arabic derivation, that has semolina as its basic ingredient.
The particularity of the dish lies in knowing how to manage this simple ingredient, which must be well worked before being cooked; this technique is called "the incocciata" and consists of a skilful manual work, whereby small lumps are obtained from the durum wheat semolina.
In Favignana the cous cous it is often served with soup fish.



  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 12,00
  • Main ingredients: couscous, soup fish, celery, onion, salt, garlic, bay leaf, pepper, extra virgin olive oil

3 - Frascatole

They are a dish that derives from the unsuccessful processing of couscous, that is, once the parts of coarse semolina were set aside and gave life to a new pasta.

Today the semolina is voluntarily processed to obtain this dish, which usually comes enriched with lobster sauce, vegetables or with fish broth.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 10,00
  • Main ingredients: durum wheat semolina, grouper waste, celery, carrots, parsley, salt, white wine, pepper, onion, lobster

4 - Newborn pancakes

The name of the dish in dialect is "purpetti di nunnata", this is due to its presence fritters of juvenile fish.
The simplicity of the recipe reflects that of the sea and it is easy to find it variant with sardines.

  • Recommended to: lunch, dinner, snack
  • Average cost: € 8,00
  • Main ingredients: juvenile fish, eggs, flour, salt, parsley, peanut oil

5 - Busiate

It is a type of pasta typical of Trapani, obtained with the help of a wooden stick, which gives the dough a spiral shape.
Busiate on the island are located both serve with pesto (according to the Trapani recipe) and with swordfish, or sardines and fennel.



  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 12,00
  • Main ingredients: busiate, sardines or swordfish, fennel, parsley, salt, pepper

6 - Spaghetti with sea urchins

What better representative dish if not the one made with sea urchins!
Spaghetti is in great demand on the island, in fact it is possible to book it in some restaurants, so as not to risk sitting at the table and not find them anymore.
In this dish you can feel the authentic taste of the sea.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 12,00
  • Main ingredients: spaghetti, sea urchins, garlic, parsley, extra virgin olive oil, chilli, salt

7 - Cunzato bread

It is a typical Sicilian way of season the bread, using simple flavors and aromas.

In the classic recipe, between the slices of seasoned bread, extra virgin olive oil, tomato (and in some cases sardines) are put instead on the island, cunzato bread is also prepared with bottarga and tuna.
Today the recipe has been further enriched, so it is possible to add various ingredients.

  • Recommended to: lunch, dinner, snack
  • Average cost: € 6,00
  • Main ingredients: bread, tomato, bottarga or tuna, extra virgin olive oil, salt, pepper, oregano

8 - Sarde a beccafico

Once upon a time, the nobles had the opportunity to feed on birds, which gained weight by eating figs during the summer. Inspiration was taken from this dish to cook the variant compatible with their availability, to create this one sardine roll with a filling of breadcrumbs, pine nuts, anchovies, raisins and various spices. They are passed in breadcrumbs, and then baked in the oven!
Really tasty, unmissable!



  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 10,00
  • Main ingredients: sardines, bay leaves, breadcrumbs, parsley, anchovies, sugar, salt, extra virgin olive oil, black pepper

9 - Cassatelle

It is easy to find the inevitable Sicilian cannoli among the traditional sweets.
And yet on the island the owner is cassatella, Or a ravioli crescent-shaped, made of shortcrust pastry filled with ricotta cream and chocolate flakes, then covered with powdered sugar.
The temptation cannot be resisted!

  • Recommended to: breakfast, snack
  • Average cost: € 3,00
  • Main ingredients: shortcrust pastry, ricotta cream, lemon, chocolate flakes, powdered sugar

10 - Herbal liqueur

From the invention of a pharmacist from Favignana, Umberto Rizza, a very special liqueur was born on the island.
This is the DolceAmaro, a liqueur that contains 12 different varieties of native herbs including thyme, mint, rosemary, caper, neppetella, savory.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 4,00
  • Main ingredients: thyme, mint, rosemary, caper, neppetella, savory, etc ..

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

Many dishes of the culinary tradition of Favignana derive from the resourcefulness of the poor people: today those dishes have remained faithful to the idea of ​​poor cuisine, because they respect the basic ingredients, but have also been reworked.

Despite this enrichment, the dishes remain simple and original, which is why on the island it is possible to eat in various places, from the most sought-after restaurants, to those born for street food, without ever giving up the authentic flavor of the sea, of the land and of tradition . Here's where to eat in Favignana:

1 - U Coppu

  • Description: small sandwich shop, specializing in street food
  • specialty: hamburger with tuna steaks and fried coppi
  • Average price: from € 6,00 per person
  • Address: Get directions / tel: +39 3289072598

2 - In Salt

  • Description: one of the finest restaurants in the center of the island, specializing in revisiting typical dishes
  • specialty: fish
  • Average price: from € 60,00 per person
  • Address: Get directions / tel: +39 3208432916

3 - The Pinnata

  • Description: delicatessen and also restaurant. It is located in the center, here, in addition to the typical dishes, you can taste all kinds of platters: cold cuts or fish, obviously including those based on tuna and bottarga
  • specialty: cutting boards
  • Average price: from € 28,00 per person
  • Address: Get directions / tel: +39 3202350897

4 - La Bettola

  • Description: historic family-run restaurant, known for its cous cous
  • specialty: Fish cous cous
  • Average price: from € 30,00 per person
  • Address: Get directions / tel: +39 0963921988

5 - El Pescador

  • Description: small place, known for spaghetti with sea urchins
  • specialty: spaghetti with sea urchins
  • Average price: from € 35,00 per person
  • Address: Get directions / tel: +39 0923921035

6 - Bar Cavallo

  • Description: family-run restaurant outside the center, traditional cuisine with a pinch of innovation
  • specialty: fresh fish
  • Average price: from € 45,00 per person
  • Address: Get directions / tel: +39 3472325412

7 - Florio fish market

  • Description: small place in the square, specialized in street food, with fried fish
  • specialty: fried fish
  • Average price: from € 8,00 per person
  • Address: Get directions / tel: +39 340 575 3482

8 - Costanza Bakery

  • Description: bakery with pizzas, cassatelle, ericine and cunzato bread always fresh
  • specialty: bakery products
  • Average price: from € 6,00 per person
  • Address: Get directions / tel: +39 011882376
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