10 Mouth-Watering Restaurants In Cefalù, Sicily

Ristorante Le Chat Noir | Courtesy Ristorante Le Chat Noir
Ristorante Le Chat Noir | Courtesy Ristorante Le Chat Noir
Photo of Helen Armitage
9 February 2017

Cefalù, Italy may be a relatively small town, but thanks to its beautiful location, sandwiched between Sicily’s Parco delle Madonie and the Tyrrhenian Sea, and rich history, it has become one of the island’s most popular tourist destinations and hosts a charming community of restaurants to boot. We take a tour of Cefalù’s top local culinary hotspots, from waterfront dining to a restaurant-cum-art gallery.

Ristorante Le Chat Noir

Don’t let the French name fool you, the food at Ristorante Le Chat Noir is Sicilian to the core. From its location a short distance from Cefalù’s beautiful, 12th century Norman cathedral, the family-run trattoria serves plenty of simple, yet tasty traditional Sicilian plates like caponata (an eggplant based cooked salad) and spaghetti with sardines, all dished up in a cozy, inviting space complemented by a charming interior courtyard. Stick around for dessert, Ristorante Le Chat Noir’s delicious homemade tiramisu and panna cotta are particularly popular with guests.

Ristorante Le Chat Noir, Via XXV Novembre 1856, 17, Cefalù, Italy +39 09 2142 0697

Cefalù, Sicily ©Jerome Bon

Cefalù, Sicily ©Jerome Bon

La Botte

Restaurant, Italian, $$$
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La Botte, owned and operated by the Fiduccia family since the late 1980s, offers guests a true taste of Sicily’s melting pot of cuisines. A daily changing menu showcasing the very best local, seasonal ingredients features an exciting mix of traditional dishes, like couscous with squid ink and fresh ricotta, and contemporary chef creations, like skewered scabbard fish marinated in orange sauce, while La Botte’s dessert offerings include the likes of semifreddo with pistachio and ricotta , all best washed down with a glass of two from the restaurant’s splendid Sicilian wine list.

Ristorante La Brace

Restaurant, Italian, $$$
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Spaghetti with sausage
Spaghetti with sausage | © Karen Neoh/Flickr
Though Ristorante La Brace’s owners, Dietmar Beckers, a native of the Netherlands, and Dutch-Indonesian Thea de Haan who opened the restaurant in 1976, may come from further afield than the shores of Cefalù, its cuisine is firmly rooted in Sicilian culinary traditions. Whet your appetite with a tempting appetizers of bruschetta topped with marinated anchovies, tomatoes and pine nuts or chicken liver salad with arugula, cherry tomatoes and mustard sauce followed by mouthwateringly delicious main dishes including Sicilian-style stuffed swordfish or oven roasted rabbit with cooked chestnuts and balsamic vinegar.

Al Porticciolo

Restaurant, Italian, Seafood, $$$
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Undoubtedly boasting one of the most scenic locations in town, Al Porticciolo’s welcoming interior features two spacious dining rooms perfect for winter months, while in summertime its picturesque terrace affords stunning views of Cefalù’s rocky coastline. But a beautiful locale isn’t the only thing Al Porticciolo has to offer. Its varied menu is a major pulling point for the popular local restaurant too. Choose from seafood dishes like bucatini with sardines, fennel, raisins and pine nuts, carnivore-friendly options like pasta with a wild boar and porcini ragu, or a range of pizzas and finish with a traditional Sicilian dessert of cassata.

L’Angolo delle Dolcezze

Diners with a sweet tooth are in good hands at L’Angolo delle Dolcezze, owned by local pastry-making family, the Di Vincenzos, the cute shop is the place to head in Cefalù for traditional, artisanal Sicilian desserts. A smorgasbord of treats await from cassata and cannoli to cakes and cookies in flavors like almond, lemon and pistachio, but if you try just one thing make sure it’s L’Angolo delle Dolcezze’s famous frutta martorana , small marzipan sweets artfully crafted into the shape of fruit and vegetables. L’Angolo delle Dolcezze’s gelatos , available in flavors including black cherry, strawberry and hazelnut, are also very popular

L’Angolo delle Dolcezze, Via Pietro Novelli 2-4, Cefalù, Italy +39 09 2192 3047

Galleria Ristorante

Restaurant, Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean, $$$
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The brainchild of two young entrepreneurs, Angelo Daino and Giuseppe Provenza, Galleria Ristorante – appropriately located within the grounds of Cefalù’s Museo Mandralisca, blends both food and art in a space described as modern and multi-sensory. An elegant dining room and picturesque patio make up the restaurant, and poetry readings and temporary art exhibitions offer plenty for visiting culture vultures, while Galleria Ristorante’s cuisine, creative Mediterranean fare based on masterful reinterpretations of traditional dishes, includes offerings like risotto with saffron, dried flowers and edible silver leaf and spinosini with ricotta, lemon and squid ink.

Ristorante Kentia al Trappitu

Another of Cefalù’s must-visit waterfront dining destinations, Ristorante Kentia al Trappitu, which focuses on simple, straightforward Mediterranean cuisine, is nestled on the edges of the scenic town’s shoreline and boasts a beautiful terrace overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea. While plenty of meat dishes and pizzas are served, Ristorante Kentia al Trappitu’s real specialty is its seafood, a true showcase of the bounty of the Mediterranean Sea, guests can expect an array of seafood dishes from oysters and octopus to sea bass and squid freshly caught each day.

Ristorante Kentia al Trappitu, Via Ortolani Di Bordonaro 96, Cefalù, Italy +39 09 2142 3801

La Gallizza

Located on the outskirts of Cefalù, La Gallizza is where locals head to get their fix of delicious Sicilian-style street food eats. First opened in 1970 and still operated by its original owners Petro and Lia today, La Gallizza serves up tasty, simple eats like calzone, pizza and pane cunzato (seasoned bread stuffed with ingredients like cheese, tomatoes and anchovies) alongside pasta dishes and homemade desserts. If there’s one must-try item at La Gallizza it’s most definitely the restaurants famous arancini, based on a recipe unchanged for decades and available in four varieties, butter, eggplant, mushroom or traditional meat ragu.

La Gallizza, SS113 7, Cefalù, Italy +39 09 2142 2407

Baglio del Falco

Restaurant, Italian, $$$
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Away from the tourist thrum of Cefalù’s old town center lies a charming restaurant specializing in rustic yet refined Sicilian cuisine, Baglio del Falco. To begin, appetite-whetting dishes like ravioli with pistachio pesto and mezze maniche with octopus ragu are served followed by hearty second courses like pistachio-crusted tuna steak or battered calamari with fresh spinach, all complemented by an impressive wine list of 250 varieties with a special focus on Sicilian offerings. For a truly charming evening, guests can dine al fresco under the shade of olive trees in Baglio de Falco’s garden during summer months.

Cortile Pepe

Another culinary destination from local restaurateur family, the Fiduccias, Cortile Pepe is a recent addition to Cefalù’s dining scene, opening its doors in the spring of 2015, but has nevertheless found a niche in town with its innovative, modern take on local cuisine. Seasonal, locally sourced ingredients get the avant-garde treatment with artfully presented dishes like scallops with mushroom carpaccio and truffle-infused cream of leek and squid ink bucatini with carbonara sauce and sea urchin caviar are paired with equally creative cocktails crafted by talented resident mixologist Gianluca Di Giorgio.

Cortile Pepe, Cortile Pepe 9, Cefalù, Italy +39 09 2142 1630

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