I am very happy about today’s post as I will be reviewing one of my all-time favourite restaurants: Azzurra. It’s not a famous or hatted restaurant, but it serves delicious and hearty food. Besides, it has an added bonus… you can eat on their terrace while enjoying a spectacular view.
Azzurra is located in Macari, a little Sicilian village just a few kilometres away from San Vito Lo Capo, near Trapani. The village itself is very pretty… all white houses on the hill that overlooks the Mediterranean Sea.
The vegetation in this area is typically Sicilian: prickly pears, almond trees and lots of flowers.
We eat there often when we are in San Vito and so did during our latest visit. The prices are fair and the portions are generous.
Azzurra is very famous for its pizza and bread. In fact, they make some amazing bread called Cabbuci… it looks like pita and is cooked in their wood fired oven.
They serve it hot with their delicious Eggplant Caponata and it is to die for. We always order it to start off our meal and there are no leftovers… ever.
Then we ordered their Busiati with Pesto Trapanese. Yum!
Their most famous pizza is called Rianata. It is a typical pizza from the area of Trapani that is usually made with garlic, parsley and anchovies. Usually it has grated Pecorino instead of Mozzarella as cheese.
Though nowadays, you also find what is called Rianella, which also has Mozzarella on it.
It is sooooo yummy!!
For dessert, we had another local treat: Fried Cassatelle filled with sweet Ricotta. These have to be eaten hot, so be careful not to get burnt!
The thing I like the most about this place is the amazing location. You can’t beat it.
I have traveled a lot and have seen many sunsets around the world and I can easily say that the sunset you see from Azzurra’s terrace is among the finest.
Look at those colours!
When there are no clouds in the sky, you can actually see the orange sun go down and disappear in the sea.
The portions are generous and the service is always good, friendly and attentive. I love the people who work there. We always have a great experience. Highly recommended!
RESOURCES ON MSM
SOME RECIPES FROM THE REGION OF SICILY:
Spaghetti with home-made Tomato Sauce
Pasta con i Broccoli Arriminati
Sedanini with Swordfish and Eggplant
Busiati with Pesto Trapanese and Fried Eggplant
Pasta con le Sarde alla Palermitana
Busiati with Herbs, Pistachios and Zucchini
APPETISERS, SIDES & DRINKS
Biancomangiare with Citrus Salad
Pesche Dolci alla Siciliana
Gelo di Melone
Ricotta filled Graffe
Browse through all my Sicilian recipes here.
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RESTAURANT REVIEWS – ITALY:
HOW TO GET AROUND IN SAN VITO LO CAPO & MACARI
The best way to get around in San Vito is on foot or by bike!
A car is necessary if you want to visit the surrounding areas like Lo Zingaro, Erice and Trapani.
HOW TO GET THERE
The little Airport of Trapani Birgi “Vincenzo Florio” is about halfway between Trapani (18km) and Marsala (16km).
It is served almost exclusively by low-cost Ryanair flights, mostly from other cities in Italy and a few other European cities like London-Luton, Paris-Beauvais, Stockholm, Barcelona-Girona, Malta, Monaco, Frankfurt, Brussels.
Or you can land at Palermo’s Falcone-Borsellino Airport in Punta Raisi.
To get to San Vito it is best to rent a car or get a transfer from your hotel.