Inspired by the name of the sword of Roland, a hero of medieval romance, La Durlindana is located in the heart of Messina, behind the local courtroom and some 300 meters away from the Duomo. Housed in a wonderful villa named Villa Luna, this restaurant will guarantee a perfect atmosphere to anyone who likes comfort and style. They specialize in local seafood as well as Sicilian wines.
via Nicola Fabrizi 143, Messina, Italy, +39 090 6413156
Situated in central Messina, Ristorante Piero has been a household name in the city for 50 years. It specializes in grilled dishes, seafood and fresh fish caught daily, with traditional Sicilian recipes coming up here and there in the menu. It also offers a diverse buffet of entrées as well as an elegant setting where customers can enjoy the quality of the food and the cordiality of the staff. For those who are looking for some extra innovation, Ristorante Piero also boasts some sashimi dishes.
via Ghibellina 19, Messina, Italy, +39 090 6409354
A pitone is a Sicilian dish not too different from the inland panzerotto in that they are both small, fried calzoni with various fillings. La Pitoneria, as the name suggests, specializes in pitoni and boasts oodles of fillings and flavors, ranging from the classic with anchovies, tomatoes, and basil, to other more substantial combinations.
via Palermo 8-10, Messina, Italy, +39 090 9281298
For those who are looking for a simple meal accompanied by a great beer, Birroteca Mercury is a fine choice. Located in the heart of Messina, it serves a diverse selection of beers, both imported from abroad and craft beers from the area. Foodwise, the burgers are huge and are made of quality meat and fresh local ingredients, but there is also a selection of sandwiches, paninis and piadine for those who want to keep closer to the Italian tradition.
via Camiciotti 9, Messina, Italy, +39 090 2400687
When travelling to and around Italy, it is always important to bear in mind that authentic Italian food is most likely found in earthy, unassuming trattorias. Here, the décor is generally rustic and the food is exactly like that which Italians eat on a daily basis. Taverna San Paolo is one of the best trattorias in the area, and is certainly worth a visit when searching for the most authentic flavors of Messina.
via San Paolo dei Disciplinanti 15, Messina, Italy, +39 090 41261