Hello everyone,

today I will talk about luxury dining in Sicily.

I would like to share with you my fantastic dining experience in Villa San Bartolo, a restaurant in a 4 stars’ hotel located in Vittoria, a city in the south-east of Sicily, the island where I grew up. Sicily is a very special place because of its culture, history and gastronomical tradition. For this reason, I will focus on it in my future posts.

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Let’s begin with the description of the design: modern, clear and well-planned. The modern art is prevalent and the garden is well-decorated, elegant with an amazing atmosphere. 

Now, let’s turn our attention into the restaurant and its service.

The service was perfect from the start, as waiters were very kind and professional with a pleasant ironic attitude of the owners, with a typical Sicilian mood. 

The king of the kitchen is Marco Failla, a young, creative and experienced chef. His style of cooking is essential with a plating well-decorated and colorful, as you can see in the photos below.

Now, after this little description of the design and service, let’s begin describing my dining experience.

First of all, you can choose from fish or meat tasting menu. I chose the first one. The wine list was very complete with a lot of Italian and French wines.

While I was waiting between a course and another one, there was always fresh homemade bread with walnuts, a variety of herbs and “capuliato”.

In details, the starter was a surprise of the chef, an “Amuse bouche”, made with Carpaccio of Tuna.

After that, I chose a tartar of shrimps, crustaceans, caviar and a gin jelly as on the menu. This was my favourite course thanks to its magical mixed tasting. (Please see the photo below)

The second starter was an “Arancino” stuffed with white fish on a bed of vegetable velvety.

Let’s move now with the main plates, the first one was a risotto with squid ink (photo below) and the second one, surprise of the chef, was spaghetti with clams and bottarga.

Finally, we came to dessert and I took an icing milk ice cream ball on a caramel bed, covered by a granular strawberry layer. (Preparation video).

To conclude, my luxury experience was excellent and I’m very satisfied for the quality of dishes and for the impeccable service.

Here there are my own rankings:

  • Location: 8
  • Service: 8
  • Food: 9
  • Bill: 9

I recommend it to you. So, go to Sicily and try it!

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Claudia Raniolo

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