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Best Food in Palermo

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Food is first in Palermo, whether a quick street snack or a sit-down meal. Here's a guide to the top ten must eats.

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  • Foodie
  • Like a Local

10 Places

3 City Tips

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10 Places

Trattoria ai Cascinari

Restaurants

Ristorantino da Spano

Restaurants

Palermo Street Food

Food Tours

Premiata Enoteca BUttice

Restaurants

Trattoria Da Calogero

Restaurants

Spinnato

Restaurants

Pasticceria Cappello

Restaurants

Nni Franco U' Vastiddaru

Restaurants

La Vucciria

Flea & Street Markets

Mercato Ballaro

Flea & Street Markets, Farmers Markets

Erica F's City Tips

  • Hire a car or organize taxis.
  • Do be polite. Don't assume everyone understands English. As my nonna says, "Finish everything on your plate."
  • Tipping is not obligatory. Always make sure to have small bills and change for entries.
  • Trattoria ai Cascinari
    Restaurants (Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean, Soups)
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    Erica F Says:

    Perfect trattoria in a local neighborhood. Be hungry and be on the lookout for the mixed antipasto which includes deep fried goodies like panelle, crocchettine di patate, sfincionelli e frittini con acciughe e ricotta. Fish is first so try spaghetti with squid ink or a fish pasta with finocchietto and almonds. Nothing fancy. Just right.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • Always save room for the dolci: delicious, local-made sweets.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #0 of 0 restaurants in
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Lucullus Dinner 28/10/2018
    • Delicious and Great for Lunch! 08/10/2018
    • Trattoria ai Cascinari
    Address:
    Via D'Ossuna 43/45
    90138, Palermo, Sicily
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 091 651 9804
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
    Wed - Sat
    8:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
    Other:
  • Ristorantino da Spano
    Restaurants (Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean)
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    Erica F Says:

    Delicious little restaurant near the Capo market with a focus on fish. Arrive hungry enough to have the fried antipasti, the raw platter and then a fish-based pasta.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • My favorite dish is the spaghetti with homemade pesto, shrimp and pistachios.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #0 of 0 restaurants in
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Everything we were hoping for and more! 19/11/2018
    • Not worth it 27/10/2018
    • Ristorantino da Spano
    Address:
    Via Gesu e Maria ,2
    Corner with Via Degli Scalini 6
    90134, Palermo, Sicily
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 348 562 8789
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    7:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
    Other:
  • Palermo Street Food
    Food Tours
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    Erica F Says:

    Street food is practically synonymous with Palermo. Panelle, arancine, cazilli and all those pop-up barbecues in between. It's worth your while to stop and taste. Usually you'll find the best near the beaches and the historic center.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • Always have cash—small bills and change—handy.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 45 Food & Drink in Palermo
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Cooking Class with Maria Antonietta 19/11/2018
    • Palermo Steet Food - Great Experience 08/11/2018
    • Palermo Street Food
    Address:
    Piazza Verdi
    90138, Palermo, Sicily
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 380 503 4228
    Price range:
    US$33 - US$33
    Other:
  • Premiata Enoteca BUttice
    Restaurants (Seafood, Street Food, Italian, Bar, Mediterranean, Wine Bar)
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    Erica F Says:

    Excellent and historic wine bar with a huge book of more than 1000 wines and spirits.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • Just ask. They know and usually have everything.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #0 of 0 restaurants in
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Top of the top!!!! 08/11/2018
    • Excellent tavern 21/09/2018
    • Premiata Enoteca BUttice
    Address:
    Piazza San Francesco di Paola 12
    90138, Palermo, Sicily
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 091 251 5394
    Price range:
    US$17 - US$34
    Hours:
    Mon - Sat
    12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
    5:30 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.
    Other:
  • Trattoria Da Calogero
    Restaurants (Italian, Pizza, Seafood, Mediterranean, Soups)
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    Erica F Says:

    From sea to table, a relaxed spot for excellent locally fished seafood. "Ask and you shall receive" seems to be the motto for whatever fish you really want to eat. Nice because it is just outside of the chaos of Palermo and in the buzz of Mondello, a local beach neighborhood.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    Tips
    • Make sure to visit during sea urchin season for the spaghetti ai ricci di mare.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #0 of 0 restaurants in
    • Typical tourist restaurant 29/10/2018
    • Trip Scilly 06/10/2018
    • Trattoria Da Calogero
    Address:
    Via Torre di Mondello 22
    90151, Palermo, Sicily
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 091 684 1333
    Price range:
    US$24 - US$32
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    7:30 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.
    Other:
  • Spinnato
    Restaurants (Italian, Cafe, Deli)
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    Erica F Says:

    Spinnato is one of Palermo's foodie destinations. A historic pasticceria (pastry shop) with a seemingly never-ending selection of delicious pastries, ice cream and snacks.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    Tips
    • Try the savory sfincione (a kind of thick pizza) in the morning.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #0 of 0 restaurants in
    • RUDE and COULDN'T BE BOTHERED - AVOID 27/10/2018
    • Authentic 20/10/2018
    • Spinnato
    Address:
    Piazza Castelnuovo 16/17
    90141, Palermo, Sicily
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 091 329220
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    7:00 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.
    Other:
  • Pasticceria Cappello
    Restaurants (Cafe)
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    Erica F Says:

    Cappello is a Palermo favorite. The small pasticceria has quite possibly as the best cannoli and casatine in town, and they know it. It is always best and definitely worth the wait.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    Tips
    • Eat as many of the cannoli as possible!
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #0 of 0 restaurants in
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Family coffe break 01/11/2018
    • Canolli 12/10/2018
    • Pasticceria Cappello
    Address:
    Via Colonna Rotta 68
    90134, Palermo, Sicily
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 091 489601
    Hours:
    Thu - Tue
    7:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • Nni Franco U' Vastiddaru
    Restaurants (Italian, Fast food, Mediterranean)
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    Erica F Says:

    No frills panini and panelle spot in Piazza Marina. Cheap, cheerful and cash only. Here you'll find Palermo favorites like cazilli (deep fried potato mush), panelle (deep friend chick pea pancakes) and even the ever-popular spleen sandwich.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Milza means spleen and it's a favorite panino here.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #0 of 0 restaurants in
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great street food 19/10/2018
    • Super street food! 15/10/2018
    • Nni Franco U' Vastiddaru
    Address:
    Via Vittorio Emanuele 102
    90133, Palermo, Sicily
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 091 325987
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • La Vucciria
    Flea & Street Markets
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    Erica F Says:

    Though the Vucciria is no longer in its heyday, this historic center market is worth a visit to give you a little bit of an idea of old time Palermo life, and also for the street art in its surrounding alleys.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Visit in the morning. Don't bring things you can't afford to lose.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #112 of 422 things to do in Palermo
    • Walking and gazing 22/10/2018
    • Very ordinary and not much to see 11/10/2018
    • La Vucciria
    Address:
    Via Coltellieri 46
    90133, Palermo, Sicily
    Italy
  • Mercato Ballaro
    Flea & Street Markets, Farmers Markets
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    Erica F Says:

    The Ballaro Market still maintains its days-of-yore vibe and a great selection of produce, meat, fish and spices from all over the Mediterranean basin. It's a real market so get up early, bring cash, and get ready to fight for what you want.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Pay attention and keep your eye on your wallet.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #51 of 422 things to do in Palermo
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Embrace the sights and smells of European markets 13/11/2018
    • Food, Glorious Food 13/11/2018
    • Mercato Ballaro
    Address:
    Vicolo Del Carmelo
    90134, Palermo, Sicily
    Italy
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