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Sicilian cuisine is rustic but exciting, thanks to the influence of the many cultural influences the island has had over the years. Eating at small neighborhood trattorias is recommended, as is visiting the historical markets where the extraordinary street food tradition of Palermo can be enjoyed. From the glorious rotisserie products and Sicilian pizza to the freshest seafood specialties, Palermo won't let any culinary desire unfulfilled.
Osteria dei VespriOsteria dei Vespri is situated in the ancient heart of Palermo. The kitchen is led by Alberto Rizzo, whose purpose is to valorize traditional products. The wine cellar, has more than 600 labels, selected among the most interesting Italian and foreign producers.
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Gagini RestaurantGagini Restaurant claims to be a "social restaurant", meaning that they mix food with art, music and fashion. Romantic lit candles and fresh flowers on the tables set the mood in this open and inspiring venue. If you desire something different from a “Social Dinner” don’t miss their great atmosphere and perfect space for a dinner, either for two, a group of friends, family or business.
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Casa del BrodoThis classic restaurant opened its doors in 1890, making it one of the city’s oldest restaurants. The interior is worn and has some less attractive modern details, but this doesn’t stop it from being crowded on most evenings. The menu offers Sicilian specialties and food from the sea such as pasta con le sarde (fresh sardines with raisins and pine nuts).
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Il BaroIl Baro is located in a charming neighborhood outside of the city center. The restaurant is popular with locals and much appreciated by tourists. First and foremost, they serve pizza, but there are other options on the menu, like pasta and meat dishes.
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Aja MolaAllegedly one of the best seafood restaurants in Palermo, Aja Mola is a simple yet classy eatery serving the freshest fish, shellfish and special oysters selections from the Mediterranean Sea. An accurate selection of natural wines is also available to match the exquisite dishes based on top-quality ingredients and simple cooking methods. The informal attitude is exemplified by the open-view kitchen with bar sitting
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Trattoria ai CascinariThis is where the locals go, a long-standing favorite that usually gets pack on Sunday afternoons. A place where to relish a hearty, homemade Sicilian meal for a reasonable price in a cozy and rustic atmosphere.
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FUDA young, modern eatery serving delicious panini and burgers following the long Sicilian street food tradition. Panini with fresh cold cuts, cheeses and the best of local ingredients and assembled on the spot at the counter, while tasty burgers, hot dogs and salads are prepared in the kitchen. There are also many vegan and vegetarian options to be enjoyed in the relaxed atmosphere of this contemporary deli.
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A'CuncumaThis cozy, family-run Sicilian restaurant combines tasty tradition with mighty modernity. Fresh ingredients and local products are used to create refined, gourmet dishes. A wide wine selection and an intimate yet unpretentious atmosphere are added values of this restaurant located just nearby the Cathedral of Palermo.

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Trattoria al Vecchio Club RosaneroA cheap, traditional eatery where to sample some genuine Palermitan fares. The portions are generous but you can choose to order only half portion so as to try more of the savory dishes from the menu. They focus on fish but serve many different dishes from Sicilian tradition and good regional wines. Try the swordfish (pesce spada) and spaghetti with urchins and red shrimps.
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Pizzeria NiagaraA cheap eating option in Palermo, Pizzeria Niagara is a no-frills neighborhood restaurant that has been serving great pizzas for decades. They also offer much appreciated traditional panini made with pizza dough
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Ferro di CavalloWith wooden ceiling and bright red walls, Ferro di Cavallo is a family-run trattoria serving genuine Palermitan cuisine for fair prices. All the ingredients are fresh and local and the recipes stick to the tradition, being passed down from one generation to another. It tends to get very crowded so it's advisable to come early or to book in advance.
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L'Ottava NotaThe team at Ristorante L'Ottava Nota is passionate about mixing traditional Sicilian and Spanish cuisine with innovative techniques and creative flavors. The goal is to create an experience that combines scent, presentation and flavor in the best way possible. The restaurant is located in the historic neighborhood near the port.
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Cagliostro RistoranteWith a classy setting of 18th-century furniture and mirrored walls, Le Delizie di Cagliostro is a typical Sicilian restaurant that has been around since 1981. From the menu, you can choose traditional Sicilian food with a modern twist, as well as good pizzas and excellent wines.
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Pizzeria FridaSet in a modern venue inspired by Frida Kahlo's paintings, Pizzeria Frida is popular for its pure tasty pizzas that come in many different styles, prepared with quality ingredients and cooked in a wood oven. Try their squared pizza, with the fluffy crust filled with the same ingredients topping the pizza.
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