Venues

Sicilia in bocca

Restaurant Pizzeria, Catania

A stone's throw from Piazza Duomo, within the 16th c. walls of the city, a restaurant and pizzeria paladin of the flavours of Sicilian traditional cuisine


Gisira

Restaurant Pizzeria, Catania

In the Piscarìa area, the traditional and colourful food market of the city, a pizzeria that stands out for its long leavening dough and the quality of its ingredients.


Villa Zuccaro

Pizzeria, Taormina

Villa Zuccaro, home of the well-known pizzeria of the same name, is located in the historic heart of Taormina, a few steps from the Duomo and Porta Catania. Its large terrace and easy accessibility make it an ideal venue for groups staying in the city of Taormina or wishing to visit it.


Asmundo di Gisira Palace

Catania

Asmundo di Gisira Palace is a surprising venue in the heart of the historical city centre of Catania, between the Baroque churches and the lively and colourful traditional food&fish market 'a Piscaria. Its spaces are set up by contemporary Sicilian artists or are furnished by some exsquisite pieces of antique and modern furniture: a visual path in which history and myth are woven with art and emotion. The penthouse of the Palace is occupied by the luminous and elegant kitchen, set aside the roof garden: you heart will surely enjoy the panorama, from Baroque cupolas to Mt Etna.


Pisani Ciancio Palace

Catania

The palace was built by the Pisani Ciancio family, an ancient and noble family from France based in Sicily since the middle 17th.  The house is a great example of Sicilian eclectic style, especially the salone, the ball room, with precious frescos by Catanese painter Alessandro Abate. The Palace is set in the very heart of the historical district of Catania and from its balconies it is possible to see the Opera Theatre Vincenzo Bellini, one of the most important in all Italy.


Impact Hub

Ortigia, Siracusa

In a monastery of the eighteenth century stands Impact Hub, project of a collaborative ecosystem between professionals and people with different skills who share an entrepreneurial spirit and their love for the territory. The kitchen of Impact Hub, with its wide and bright spaces, full of history, has the flavor of an old place, suited to the industriousness but also to the pleasure of food and conviviality. Impact Hub is located in the heart of Ortigia, a short walk from the colorful and vibrant food market, surrounded by the sumptuous and dazzling Baroque of Syracuse.


Chiuse del Signore Estate

Linguaglossa, East Etna

An ancient and elegant farmhouse surrounded by vineyards and immersed in the silence of the wood, overlooking a spectacular landscape between the sea and Mount Etna. Here is a brief but effective portrait of the Tenuta Chiuse del Signore Estate. Mrs. Isabella recalls that in the house on the hill, grandparents and I spent one of the happiest days of our lives, between mulberry, hazel, cherry, peach, plum and chestnut trees. Once through the entrance, it had the feeling of stepping into a suspended world: a great avenue of oaks and olive trees, dotted with lilies, a dense wood only passed by small paths, with lighting effects in chiaroscuro. At the center it was the small Serrantìco Castle... I like that there is a cellar which must not only produce good wine, but also have a story to tell, following the parallel path to the life and affections The farmhouse at the center of the Estate has been renovated respecting the original architecture, as well as have been kept unchanged the characteristics of the landscape of Etna, bringing the oldest native vines to new glory Perhaps the gods that live here since immemorial time, are grateful for this respect...


Benanti Winery

Viagrande, South-East Etna

«At the end of the 1800’s, Giuseppe Benanti, grandfather of Dr. Giuseppe Benanti, began the production of wines on one of his father’s old farms on the slopes of Mount Etna. In 1988, Giuseppe Benanti revived the family's old passion by making wines of unique taste». Today Benanti is a prestigious winery and its wines are some of the most awarded in Sicily. By visiting the winery you can admire the huge Palmento - the typical Etnean millstone - from the 19th century and walk among the ancient vines that grown on a extinct vulcano, Monte Serra. The Winery, with its cosy and elegant tasting rooms, is the right place for cooking classes, show cooking, lunches and dinners for people who desire to discover all the excellent products that the Vulcano makes unique and enjoy them in refined dishes paired with the best wines of the cellar. For a fine Etnean experience


Biscari Palace

Catania

Sumptuous and magnificent, Biscari Palace is one of the most important noble palace in Catania and its mirrors, stucco and decorations, are of inestimable value. The Palace is also the perfect venue for a gala dinner or lunch where discover an almost forgotten piece of our culinary tradition, the baroque cuisine, carried out by French chefs during the 18th and 19th centuries in many Sicilian noble palaces. After the 1693 earthquake which destroyed almost the entire city, Ignazio Paternò Castello III, Prince of Biscari, obtained permission to build the new family palace on the ramparts of Charles Vth’s 16th century city walls. The work lasted more than a century and the major architects, sculptures and the most important decorators of the time collaborated in its realization. The palace reached its peak with Ignazio V Prince of Biscari, an eclectic, an enthusiast of art, literature and above all archaeology. The Grand Tour travellers Riesdel and Brydone personally participated in the excavations that, under the direction of the Prince, unearthed the Roman amphitheatre in Piazza Stesicoro. There were six hundred rooms in the Palace, however, it is now only possible to visit the courtyard, some rooms, the ballroom, the gallery, and the terrace overlooking the port. In the entrance hall, some of the 18th century canvases representing the Biscari estate are hung, depicting vast vineyards and the flourishing production of silk worms. We then enter the quadreria, the gallery or collection of paintings, with the exquisite multi-coloured majolica floor, created by master Vietri artisans. The centre hall, or ballroom, is a sumptuous rococò style room, with mirrors, stucco and decorations: on the cupola of the music loggia gallery, Vulcano celebrates in the council of the gods the triumph of  the Paternò Castello lineage. The musicians reached the loggia by climbing up a tremulous “cloud shaped” stair, as Prince Ignazio referred to it. On the first floor is a suite with three rooms, with elaborate boiseries panelling, wood inlay, mirrors, frescos, porcelain and chinoiserie. The walls in the last room are lined with a rose wood boiserie, with wood inlay which creates an intertwine of branches and pagoda motif; the far end opens into a small fresco painted alcove, on the side of which there is a large, deep, high walled marble bath which served as an internal fountain, creating a pleasant refreshing corner.


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