10 Things to eat in Lipari in the Aeolian Islands and where

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Lipari, the Aeolian island in Sicily, is a wonderful place where you can breathe the typical scents of the Mediterranean.
The cuisine here mixes Sicilian traditions with local products such as fish, always fresh, aromatic herbs, capers and vegetables such as dried tomatoes, aubergines and peppers. Each recipe offers unexpected sensations that always leave tourists speechless.
Here are the 10 things to eat not to be missed if you are in Lipari!


  1. Aeolian redfish soup
  2. Swordfish rolls
  3. Sweet and sour rabbit
  4. Fish balls
  5. Cunzato bread
  6. Sesamini
  7. Malvasia
  8. Stuffed eggplant
  9. Gigi eoliani
  10. Liparota salad
  11. Where to eat in Lipari: best restaurants, typical bars and street food
  12. User questions and comments

1 - Aeolian-style redfish soup

This recipe has been handed down in Lipari from generation to generation thanks to its simplicity and the typical ingredients of Aeolian cuisine.
The redfish soup contains a delicate taste that satisfies all palates.
Lo redfish fresh is cut into squares and cooked in a fish broth with tomato, basil and fettuccine. Everything is served hot with a sprinkling of parsley and a spoonful of extra virgin olive oil.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 13,00
  • Main ingredients: redfish, tomato, basil, parsley, oil, garlic and fettuccine

2 - Swordfish rolls

A poor and simple dish that was once prepared by fishermen are swordfish rolls.
The slices, strictly fresh and freshly caught, must be cut into very thin slices and stuffed with breadcrumbs, pine nuts, raisins soaked in lime juice and closed with toothpicks.
While cooking in the oven in an ovenproof dish you will smell the scent of lime and breathe in the smell of the Aeolian Islands.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 12,00
  • Main ingredients: swordfish, breadcrumbs, pine nuts, raisins, lime, oil

3 - Sweet and sour rabbit

Although fish is the protagonist of the table in Lipari, in the interior of the island peasant traditions often also cooked meat.
This ancient recipe is typical of holidays. The rabbit is blanched in water and vinegar and then floured is sautéed in abundant onion and infusion of cooked wine with almonds and raisins. A real delicacy!

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 10,00
  • Main ingredients: rabbit, wine, vinegar, onion, almonds and raisins

4 - Fish balls

In Lipari they call them "purpette i pisci" and they are the blue fish balls which after being cleaned is amalgamated with bread crumbs, parsley, eggs and cheese.
Once the dough is prepared, balls are formed which are breaded with flour and fried in abundant oil.
In the Aeolian Islands these meatballs can be prepared with different species of fish, once the fishermen used what was left over.

  • Recommended to: lunch, dinner, snack
  • Average cost: € 2,00 each
  • Main ingredients: blue fish, breadcrumbs, parsley, eggs, cheese, oil for frying, flour

5 - Cunzato bread

You cannot come to the Aeolian Islands and not taste the bread of disgrace.
Specialty of poor island cuisine, created by exploiting the available materials, is the fifth essence of Aeolian flavors. The recipe varies but the original one provides that the bread, soaked in extra virgin olive oil, is seasoned with datterini tomatoes, primo sale cheese, basil, capers, olives, anchovies in oil and oregano.

  • Recommended to: always
  • Average cost: € 4,00
  • Main ingredients: homemade bread, cherry tomatoes, cheese, basil, capers, olives, anchovies, oregano, extra virgin olive oil

6 - Sesamini

It is a typical product of the Aeolian Islands and of Lipari in particular, they are sesame cookies very good flavored with orange which are often eaten after a meal accompanied by a glass of Malvasia.
The recipe is very simple, handed down by family grandmothers in the family, and the cookies are made with milk, flour, sugar, butter, eggs, and orange juice.
Once the dough has been prepared, small sticks are obtained which are covered with sesame and baked in the oven.

  • Recommended to: always
  • Average cost: € 10,00, 500 grams
  • Main ingredients: butter, eggs, flour, milk, sugar, orange juice, sesame

7 - Malvasia

Between one dish and another, you can't help but sip the typical Lipari wine!
Sweet and liqueur it is a symbol of Sicilian wine excellence and boasts a thousand-year history as it was already appreciated at the time of the Greeks around 580 BC
However, the first evidence linked to Malvasia dates back to 1596 when A.Bacci describes the Aeolian Islands as "a fertile land rich in vineyards".
Today this wine is one of the first DOC to be recognized in Sicily and it is primarily a dessert wine to be served with almond cakes, pies, biscuits and small pastries.

  • Recommended to: after lunch or dinner
  • Average cost: € 12,00 the bottle
  • Main ingredients: grapes

8 - Stuffed aubergines

Also called "mulincianeddi chini", they are a typical dish of the Aeolian Islands and of Lipari in particular.
This vegetable is always the protagonist of Sicilian tables and a very tasty way to savor them is this.
Eaten hot or cold it is essential to use the variety of round purple eggplants perfect to be stuffed with cheese, breadcrumbs, mortadella, egg white.
Once filled, they must be cooked for 40 minutes in a pan with the tomato sauce.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 6,00
  • Main ingredients: round purple aubergines, breadcrumbs, cheese, tomato, mortadella, egg white

9 - Gigi Aeolians

They are a dessert of the Aeolian rural tradition, very similar to the Palermitan pignoccata in shape and most of the ingredients.
However, typical of the carnival some families cook them all year round.
The dough, made with flour, sugar, lard, egg yolks and malvasia, after being spread on a pastry board it is divided to form sticks about 2 centimeters which are fried a little at a time.
After being drained they must be placed in a pan with the cooked wine for a few minutes and finally sprinkled with icing sugar and cinnamon.

  • Recommended to: always
  • Average cost: € 4,00
  • Main ingredients: flour, sugar, lard, egg yolks, malvasia, oil for frying, cooked wine, icing sugar and cinnamon

10 - Liparota salad

This fresh salad full of flavors it is the typical summer dish to eat in a beach bar.
Simple to prepare is based on tomatoes, chopped homemade bread, capers, olives, natural tuna, red onion and potatoes.
Everything is seasoned with extra virgin olive oil, basil, oregano and salt.
A quick meal but full of flavor!

  • Recommended to: lunch, dinner, snack
  • Average cost: € 7,00
  • Main ingredients: tomatoes, homemade bread, capers, olives, natural tuna, red onion, potatoes, oil, oregano, basil

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

Eating in Lipari means tasting the true flavors of Aeolian cuisine which is a mix of ancient traditions, cultures and gastronomic habits.
Most of the restaurants offer dishes based on fish and the ancient local culinary tradition, sometimes revisited in a modern way.
On the island there is no shortage of inns, trattorias, luxurious restaurants but also kiosks and taverns where you can taste the recipes of the territory. Here are the best places to eat in Lipari, in the Aeolian Islands!

1 - And pulera

  • Description: family restaurant with a beautiful terrace of citrus groves, ceramic tables and oil lamps offers traditional and fish dishes
  • specialty: redfish soup, seafood appetizers
  • Average price: from € 25,00 per person
  • Address: via Isabella Conti Eller Vainicher, Tel 090 981 1158 - Get directions

2 - Trattoria da Bartolo

  • Description: a refined and welcoming environment for over 50 years welcomes customers with a typical Aeolian menu
  • specialty: swordfish rolls, linguine with prawns
  • Average price: from € 30,00 per person
  • Address: via Garibaldi 45, Tel 090 9811700 - Get directions

3 - Rotisserie Mancia and Fui

  • Description: very central place perfect for a snack, a quick lunch break or a savory snack while enjoying Sicilian flavors
  • specialty: arancini with swordfish, pythons, mozzarella and ham
  • Average price: from € 2,00 per person
  • Address: via Vittorio Emanuele, 94, Tel 090 981 3505 - Get directions

4 - Ciuri Ciuri

  • Description: colorful restaurant in the center of Lipari, ideal for an informal lunch or dinner without sacrificing quality and tradition
  • specialty: swordfish rolls, fish balls, pasta alla norma
  • Average price: from € 10,00 per person
  • Address: Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, 139, Tel 339 891 6030 - Get directions

5 - Sweet and Salty

  • Description: very simple place with outdoor tables, recommended if you want to have a quick sweet or savory lunch
  • specialty: cunzato bread, arancini, panelle, sesamini
  • Average price: from € 5,00 per person
  • Address: Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, Tel 090 981 4826 - Get directions

6 - Sangre Rojo

  • Description: spectacular location to enjoy even a beautiful sunset, this restaurant offers a tasty menu and fresh fish dishes
  • specialty: tuna caponata, grouper with potatoes, mussel soup
  • Average price: from € 28,00 per person
  • Address: Loc.quattro Pani C.da Sangue Rosso, Tel 338 290 9524 - Get directions

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