I am very happy about today’s post as I will be taking you all back to the beautiful seaside town of San Vito Lo Capo, in Sicily. Today I will be reviewing one of my all-time favourite bakeries: Panificio La Sala. Everyone knows it in town… their bread, cookies and other yummy treats are THAT famous!
We always buy their bread when we are in San Vito. Sicilian bread is special. First of all it is made with durum wheat flour, then it is sprinkled with sesame seeds. It often also has fennel seeds in the dough.
The aroma of freshly baked bread is amazing. My grandmother used to make a special treat for me with it and just a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and sea salt. It was so simple, yet so good!
This is a simple version of what is known as “Pane Cunzato” (“dressed” bread), but the people at La Sala have made it even more special. Theirs includes fresh tomatoes, local cheese, anchovies and oregano. YUM!
They also organise sandwiches so you can take them for a picnic at the beach. So convenient.
They also make some delicious pizza!
They don’t only make bread loaves. They also make buns.
And all sorts of pastries and brioches. So, you can buy food for your breakfast here as well.
They are also quite famous for their cookies. In fact, we were lucky enough to be there when they were making their almond and fig cookies (“passula e ficu”).
Aren’t these beautiful?
See how nicely (and quicly!) they decorate them!
Their food is delicious and they are amazing people. I learnt how to make busiati from the mother of the lovely ladies who run the place, many years ago. I always remember all of them fondly.
If you are ever in town, check out Panificio La Sala, it comes 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.
TRAVEL IN ITALY:
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.