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10 Things to eat in San Vito lo Capo and where


The cuisine of San Vito Lo Capo is very famous for being influenced also by other flavors, especially from North Africa, also given its geographical position. It is no coincidence, in fact, that the Cous Cous Festival is held every year, which brings together Tunisian, Moroccan, Ivorian and other recipes in this magical land. Of course, San Vito lo Capo is not just cous cous but excellent and very frequent are the dishes based on fish.
Here are the 10 things to eat if you are in San Vito Lo Capo!



Index

  1. Cous Cous
  2. Ravioloni with ricotta
  3. Sweet and sour tuna
  4. Easter sausage
  5. Belicino cheese
  6. Cunzato bread
  7. Hot Cold
  8. Pasta with sardines
  9. Pizza rianata
  10. Busiate with Trapani-style pesto
  11. Where to eat in San Vito lo Capo: best restaurants, typical bars and street food
  12. User questions and comments

1 - Cous Cous

Also known simply as San Vitu couscous or Trapanese couscous, it is undoubtedly the typical dish of the city.
La semolina steamed, it is usually served in terracotta bowls and can be prepared in different versions, including that with the fish broth (especially poor fish) or with added vegetables. It was a dish traditionally served on feast days.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 14,00
  • Main ingredients: semolina, fish, vegetables

2 - Ravioloni with ricotta

It is the only dish of the San Vito tradition to combine two ingredients such as fish and cheeses: in fact, these ravioli with ricotta cheese inside, served with fish broth and a sprinkling of pecorino cheese. These ravioli are also known by the name of cassatelle and can often be confused with the homonymous sweet cassatelle, also from the area, but which are fried and sprinkled with icing sugar.



  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 11,00
  • Main ingredients: ricotta, fish broth, pecorino

3 - Sweet and sour tuna

San Vito lo Capo is an area well known for its tuna traps so it is unthinkable that no tuna-based dishes appear on the menu of its typical cuisine. The most characteristic is undoubtedly the tuna with the addition of white onions. For the preparation of this recipe, tradition has it that the fattest part of the tuna is used, that is the belly, also known as "surra".

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 17,00
  • Main ingredients: tuna, white onions, vinegar, sugar

4 - Easter sausage

E' a typical salami of western Sicily and owes its name to the fact that originally it was made with butchered pork during the Easter period.
It is included in the list of traditional Italian food products and can be tasted in various ways. Tradition would have it that it was consumed on the grill, wrapped in aluminum foil and then placed among the ashes.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 10,00 for a cutting board
  • Main ingredients: pork meat

5 - Belicino cheese

The origin of this cheese dates back to the post-war period, around the 1950s, and today it can be tasted especially in western Sicily. It is a rindless, white sheep cheese enriched with olives pitted green, of the Nocellara del Belice type.
Usually, it is enjoyed immediately after salting which takes place in brine. Presented on a cutting board, it goes very well with white wines. It is included in the list of traditional Italian food products.



  • Recommended to: snack, lunch, dinner
  • Average cost: € 8,00 for a cutting board
  • Main ingredients: sheep's cheese, green olives

6 - Cunzato bread

It means topped bread, but that doesn't have to make us immediately think of a sandwich, because it's not. It is, in fact, a homemade bread typical of Sicily, usually seasoned with extra virgin olive oil, oregano, tomato, pecorino primo sale and salted anchovies.
Of course, this is the classic version that also belongs to the local street food menu, but generally everyone can season it to their liking.

  • Recommended to: always
  • Average cost: € 5,00
  • Main ingredients: bread, anchovies, tomato, pecorino

7 - Cold heat

It was born in San Vito lo Capo in the s, probably as a reinterpretation of an American recipe tested by the first emigrants to the United States. Today it is the most famous dessert in the country and it's about a cup of ice cream topped with whipped cream very fresh and inside which there is a wet rum brioche. This preparation is then covered with hot chocolate and chopped hazelnuts.

  • Recommended to: always
  • Average cost: € 4,00
  • Main ingredients: ice cream, cream, chocolate, brioche, rum

8 - Pasta with sardines

It is a single dish that includes the combination of pasta with blue fish.
Main ingredient besides the sardines is the sevatico fennel and gives the dish a strong and decisive flavor. It is undoubtedly a dish of poor origins, but which certainly meets the habits of coastal cities. For this often different variants can also be served.



  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 9,00
  • Main ingredients: sardines, wild fennel, bread

9 - Pizza rianata

It is one of the typical recipes of western Sicily and, in particular, of the province of Trapani. It naturally owes its name to large amount of oregano which together with sardines and tomatoes are used to season the pizza. In addition to enjoying it in pizzerias, rianata can also be taken to take away, so as to become fully among the foods of Sicilian street food that celebrate the agri-food products of the territory.

  • Recommended to: always
  • Average cost: € 5,00
  • Main ingredients: oregano, tomato, sardines, garlic

10 - Busiate with Trapani-style pesto

There are a typical pasta shape of Sicilian cuisine: they are made with durum wheat semolina and their shape is due to the use of a knitting needle.
Usually, they come served with Trapani pesto, also called pasta cull'agghia, or pasta with garlic, given the intense flavor of the latter. But Trapani pesto does not only contain garlic: in fact, tomatoes, basil and almonds must also be added.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 12,00
  • Main ingredients: garlic, tomato, basil, almonds

Where to eat in San Vito lo Capo: best restaurants, typical bars and street food

The cuisine of Trapani and, therefore, that of San Vito lo Capo is characterized by an extreme variety of ingredients. Very important for the culinary tradition of the place is definitely street food, which can be tasted on the streets of the city, with arancine, cunzato bread or pizza rianata, cannoli.

But, unmissable in the menus of every restaurant, cous cous in its various versions. However, most of the places specialize in fish cuisine. Here are the best places to eat in San Vito Lo Capo.

1 - Rais

  • Description: very nice restaurant that offers traditional cuisine, albeit revisited. The restaurant also has an outdoor terrace where you can dine in the summer months
  • specialty: cous cous
  • Average price: from € 50,00 per person
  • Address: via Principe Tommaso 8, San Vito lo Capo - Get directions - 340 090 2838

2 - The Lumia Garden

  • Description: restaurant outside the town, has tables by the pool, where you can dine. The cuisine is typical Sicilian
  • specialty: marinated shrimp
  • Average price: from € 25,00 per person
  • Address: via Verdesca, 26 San Vito Lo Capo - Get directions - 339 119 1398

3 - Gardenia restaurant

  • Description: central restaurant, but located in a side street, therefore very quiet. It offers traditional cuisine with excellent value for money
  • specialty: busiate with pesto
  • Average price: from € 25,00 per person
  • Address: via Dante Alighieri, 3, San Vito Lo Capo - Get directions - 0923 972188

4 - Al Faro restaurant

  • Description: not very touristy restaurant located near the port, also but with many typical Sicilian recipes
  • specialty: cutting board of tonnara
  • Average price: from € 30,00 per person
  • Address: via Faro, 105, San Vito Lo Capo - Get directions - 0923 181 5079

5 - Gypsy

  • Description: restaurant located inside the Zingaro hotel, but also open for external guests. Small, but refined, it offers typical dishes of Trapani cuisine
  • specialty: Fish cous cous
  • Average price: from € 40,00 per person
  • Address: via Cristoforo Colombo, 51, San Vito Lo Capo - Get directions - 0923 621495
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