10 Things to eat in Syracuse and where

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Syracusan cuisine is strongly characterized by the use of poor products and the earth. It is no coincidence that among its oldest and most traditional recipes there are soups or vegetable-based condiments, such as the stimipirata. However, it is also the heart of street food and there are several delicacies that can be enjoyed while walking, such as the typical Syracusan scacce.
Here are the 10 things to eat in Syracuse!


  1. scacce
  2. Cucches
  3. Pastizzetti
  4. Syracusana fried pasta
  5. Lolli with broad beans
  6. Matalotta
  7. Puppetti i muccu
  8. Stimpirata
  9. Gghiotta
  10. Vavaluci
  11. Where to eat in Syracuse: best restaurants, typical bars and street food
  12. User questions and comments

1 - Scacce

They are also known as Syracuse flatbreads, they are a typical dish of the city's street food and are small stuffed baked focaccias, from eggplant, to tomato, to sausage or other.
He drives them away they are divided into two types: the stuffed scacce, which have the shape of calzone and the rolled ones which are with tomato, whose dough, in this case, must include a very thin sheet.

  • Recommended to: snack
  • Average cost: € 5,00
  • Main ingredients: oil, flour

2 - Cans

They are a well known form of cottages in Syracuse and its surroundings. They also call them "cucche da ancucucchi", or "put together", because they are minute and tasty, one leads to another. In fact, they are small stuffed pasta strips usually with cheese and sausage, although the seasoning can sometimes vary.

They have very ancient origins, as they were used to prepare them even years ago, when strips were left of the bread dough, which was homemade.

  • Recommended to: always
  • Average cost: € 4,00
  • Main ingredients: oil, flour, cheese, sausage

3 - Pastizzetti

Also called pastizzetta or pastieri, they are a Syracusan dish of the city's Easter traditions even if, nowadays, it is also possible to find them in the local street food menus.

It is small bundles of pasta with a filling of lamb meat and rice inside. Since they are excellent to eat both hot, just cooked, and cold, the pastizzetti are also the ideal dish for trips outside the city, especially that of Easter Monday!

  • Recommended to: lunch, snack
  • Average cost: € 5,00
  • Main ingredients: lamb, rice

4 - Syracusan fried pasta

Fried pasta is undoubtedly one of the dishes that best represents the culinary tradition of the city of Syracuse, since it has very ancient origins and is still offered today in local cuisine. It is a plate of spaghetti, usually very thin, as can be angel hair, creamed with anchovies, olive oil and finally a sprinkle of toasted breadcrumbs, which gives crunchiness to the dish.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 8,00
  • Main ingredients: spaghetti, anchovies, toasted breadcrumbs

5 - Lolli with broad beans

They are a typical dish of south-eastern Sicily and, in particular, they owe their origin to cooked bean, a type of legume widely used in the city of Modica.

Lolli are a type of pasta, handmade, with an elongated shape. Both today and in ancient times, it was considered a poor dish, but highly appreciated for its nutritional properties.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 8,00
  • Main ingredients: semolina, broad beans

6 - Matalotta

It is none other than one fish soup, which owes its name to the French term "matelote", which means fish stewed in wine.

The fish that is used for the soup, in fact, is cooked in white wine and must strictly be broth fish, such as pheasant fish or mullet, or full of bones, in order to give a more intense flavor. The other essential ingredient for this fish soup are capers.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 10,00
  • Main ingredients: broth fish, white wine, tomatoes, capers

7 - Puppetti i muccu

Always based on fish, these meatballs mixed with eggs and breadcrumbs and then fried in a pan.

The peculiarity of these meatballs is that they are made with baby fish, or specialties whose fishing is basically forbidden, except with specific authorization. For this reason, it is possible to find the basic ingredient only in certified fishmongers and related restaurants that serve them.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 12,00
  • Main ingredients: baby fish, eggs, breadcrumbs

8 - Stimpirata

It is a preparation used for meat or fish and it is basically a condiment based on carrots, potatoes and olives, which are then sautéed all together in a pan with oil, garlic, mint and vinegar.
The most widespread use of this preparation is for the stimpirata rabbit, a typical recipe of Syracusan and Sicilian cuisine in general, which is also called sweet and sour rabbit, due to the contrast of flavors.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 6,00
  • Main ingredients: potatoes, carrots, olives, garlic, mint and vinegar

9 - Gghiotta

There are several variants of Syracusan gghiotta, which provide that capers, tomatoes can be used and that it can be cooked in the oven or in a pan; in fact, this recipe is none other than a set of vegetables, used both as a side dish and as a condiment especially for fish recipes.

The most common are aubergines, peppers, potatoes and this is why gghiotta looks a lot like caponata, but it is also possible to find it with other types of vegetables: for this reason, it is also called a recycling recipe.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 13,00 with fish
  • Main ingredients: aubergines, peppers, potatoes

10 - Vavaluci

Not only in France, but also in Syracuse you can find it on restaurant menus and on the tables of dishes based on snails, here better known as "li vavaluci" or babbaluci.

Always considered a fine dish, the traditional recipe wants them stew in a pan with tomato, onions, peppers and vinegar. Sometimes, it is also possible to taste them "salad", fried with garlic, oil and salt. To eat them, if you are not familiar with the "sucata" technique, you must have toothpicks!

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 12,00
  • Main ingredients: snails

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

In Syracuse, whose heart is a strip of land embraced by the sea and called Ortigia, it is possible to taste the typical Sicilian cuisine, enriched by the traditions and local products of the city.

Sitting at a restaurant table, it will be easy for you to order a fish dish, typical of the area, embellished with vegetable side dishes and condiments, which characterize this cuisine.
And, wandering around the famous Ortigia market, you could get lost in the scents of the raw materials that make up your dishes. Here are the best places to eat in Syracuse!

1 - Fratelli Restaurant

  • Description: a refined and refined restaurant on the outskirts of Ortigia which offers traditional dishes revisited in an elegant way
  • specialty: Fratelli fish appetizer
  • Average price: from € 35,00 per person
  • Address: piazza Cesare Battisti, 7 - (Get directions) / tel: 0931 340469

2 - Peperosa

  • Description: small, but welcoming, this restaurant is located in the alleys of Ortigia and offers typical Sicilian dishes, respecting tradition
  • specialty: pasta alla Norma
  • Average price: from € 28,00 per person
  • Address: via Cavour, 69 - (Get directions) / tel: 388 397 0779

3 - Macallè Sicilian

  • Description: refined bistro in a quiet street in the heart of Ortigia, it mainly offers fish cuisine
  • specialty: fish bruschetta
  • Average price: from € 30,00 per person
  • Address: via dei Santi Coronati, 42 - (Get directions) / tel: 392 297 4875

4 - The Innkeeper of Palazzo Bellomo

  • Description: this place in the historic center is characterized above all by its warm and welcoming atmosphere. It offers traditional dishes, but also pizzas
  • specialty: swordfish with citrus fruits
  • Average price: from € 18,00 per person
  • Address: via Capodieci, 6 - (Get directions) / tel: 0931 166 2406

5 - Syracuse & Surroundings

  • Description: just outside the historic center of Ortigia, this restaurant offers typical recipes and good pizzas
  • specialty: sweet orange truffle
  • Average price: from € 25,00 per person
  • Address: via Somalia, 10/12 - (Get directions) / tel: 371 309 5074

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