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
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
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.
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
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