Where to Eat in Ispica: The Best Restaurants and Bars

March 19, 2018 Weston Hennigan

Ispica (Sicilian: Spaccafurnu, Latin: Hyspicae Fundus) is a city and comune in the south of Sicily, Italy. It is 30 kilometres (19 mi) from Ragusa, 50 kilometres (31 mi) from Syracuse, and 90 kilometres (56 mi) away from La Valletta, on the coast of Malta. The first mention in a document of Ispica occurred in 1093, in a list of churches and ecclesiastic departments for administrative purposes, but the territory has been colonized since the Bronze Age.
Things to do in Ispica

1. Antica Osteria U Suliccenti

CHIUSI Domenica SERA & GIOVEDI'intera giornata ci TROVATE in Via Aprile Madre, 3 | Adiacente piazza GARIBALDI alle spalle uff. POSTALE, 96019 Rosolini, Sicily, Italy Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available Italian, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +39 0931 859935
Excellent
69%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 269 reviews

Antica Osteria U Suliccenti

U Suliccenti:a name, a brand, a project! Not only mean "the sun in the west." Is 'the brand that has given voice to foods that tell the value of the territory, the passion and the story come' the project that do not want to talk about food but BE food.Is the work of a family, a job created by direct teaching of nature, they did a behavior of life. Rosolini crossroads of ancient cultures ...

Reviewed By Enrico C

Landed to Catania and just joined our agriturismo close to Rosolini, my family and I drove to this small town and ran across U Suliccenti.
We had 2 caponata as starter, 3 different pasta and polpette. All dishes were absolutely unique and home made tasty.
It is a small family run restaurant, nicely step by step decorated, where you really feel home. To mention how special the pasta with carrube flour and alici is.
We had the opportunity to chat with the chef while we were having a very good espresso. Speaking with her you can clearly perceive the passion for her job and why the food and the location are unique.
If you are nearby Rosolini, stop by U Suliccenti and don't miss the opportunity to taste something very special!

2. Il Mercato

Corso Umberto Primo n. 34, 97014, Ispica, Sicily, Italy Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Italian, Pizza, Seafood, Mediterranean, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$118 - HK$471 +39 0932 951632
Excellent
59%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
5%
Terrible
8%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 589 reviews

Il Mercato

Reviewed By Michael B - Gaeta, Italy

I picked the restaurant soley off of trip advisor. Was completely surprised. Superb service, wonderfull food and the experience of being a guest and not just a customer. If you are in this town, place this restaurant on the top of your list on places to dine.

3. Il Giardino dei Sapori

Via Emilia 24, 97014, Ispica, Sicily, Italy Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Credit Cards Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean, Soups, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner HK$196 - HK$385 +39 0932 959323
Excellent
79%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 495 reviews

Il Giardino dei Sapori

Reviewed By longislandcouple2013 - Mineola, New York

I'll Giardino dei Sapori is an unassuming treasure. This family owned restaurant offers fine, fresh fish that is simply delicious. We started with a seafood salad, mussels, swordfish parmigiana,grilled eggplant and salad. We could very well have "called it a meal", but, since we already ordered a pasta, we continued....the seafood ravioli was amazing!
After dinner, the owner(and chef's) son brought out an almond wine/ liquor that tasted like an amaretto wine-it was homemade like everything they serve.
Don't miss this jewel!

4. La Casa Azzurra San Basilio

C.da San Basilio | S.P. 50 km 8, 97014, Ispica, Sicily, Italy Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible Italian, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner +39 339 320 0306
Excellent
69%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 104 reviews

La Casa Azzurra San Basilio

Reviewed By Sharon C - Island of Malta, Malta

We were part of a trekking group from Malta accompanying a larger group from Ispica and this was a great choice. Food is good and abundant but it is the atmosphere that we really enjoyed. With a karaoke going on, we ending up singing and dancing the afternoon away! A great way to spend the afternoon

5. La Moresca

Contrada Marabino SNC | Presso Relais Torre Marabino, 97014, Ispica, Sicily, Italy Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean, Contemporary Dinner, Lunch +39 0932 795060
Excellent
84%
Good
8%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 95 reviews

La Moresca

Reviewed By malaita - Essex UK

The food here is just wonderful. The evening started with prosecco and delicious canapes. We then had octopus carpaccio and rocket, a prawn risotto, and a grouper main course, followed by a tiramisu dessert. The best I have ever tasted. The single grape chardonnay is sensational. All this in a Norman castle with attentive waiters and a charming host. A very memorable occasion.

6. Donna Patrizia

Platamone, 26, 96019 Rosolini, Sicily, Italy Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean, European Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +39 349 514 1074
Excellent
81%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 192 reviews

Donna Patrizia

Restaurant by the intimate and elegant atmosphere, the dishes on the menu, mostly seafood, reinterpret traditional cooking using fresh local organic produce. Menu tastings.Chef honored with medal 'silver in the international competition cooking in Tuscany. The wine cellar offers a selection of French wines, Italian and small local producers.Tasting of beers. Reservation recommended.

Reviewed By CityTraveller45 - London, United Kingdom

This little unassuming restaurant is superb. Guiseppe serves the most exquisite food in his small dining room to guests who book. The six course meal was worthy of a Michelin star. There is no menu and Guiseppe asked our preferences in advance. His speciality is...MoreThanks for the positive review! It 'been a great pleasure you had guests in my little restaurant and I wish you all the best: Best regards!

7. Ristorante Poseidon

Contrada Porrello, 97014, Ispica, Sicily, Italy Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Valet Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards Italian, Pizza, Seafood, Mediterranean, Soups, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner HK$94 - HK$290 +39 0932 798027
Excellent
44%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
9%
Terrible
8%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 241 reviews

Ristorante Poseidon

The restaurant and residence Poseidon is located in the municipality of Ispica, in the province of Ragusa, in an elegant and striking setting only 400 m from the splendid sea of ​​Santa Maria del Focallo, one of the most popular seaside resorts of Sicily. The Poseidon restaurant specializes in the preparation of traditional seafood dishes of Sicilian cuisine, not forgetting the various and typical meat dishes. Besides being a typical and well-known restaurant, Poseidon is an innovative pizza place that guarantees the tasting of a wide variety of pizzas cooked in a traditional wood-burning oven, which guarantees a fragrance and a unique taste. The combination of traditional cuisine and creativity allows the restaurant to offer a full and varied menu, using only high-quality ingredients and fresh seasonal preparing everything carefully, authenticity and wisdom. The Poseidon restaurant is also equipped and specialized in the preparation of gluten-free pizzas of own production and of any other dish without gluten, prepared carefully for maximum security to our customers. The atmosphere, pleasant and welcoming, it is certainly enriched by the entire staff welcomes you with kindness and professionalism the customer and is always ready to fulfill his every desire. The two large dining rooms allow you to organize banquets, receptions and events of all kinds, such as: business meetings, school trips, wedding receptions, social events, dinners and party dinners by candlelight. The restaurant also has a veranda, accessible throughout the summer, which allows you to enjoy an evening outdoors. The structure allows our customers to take advantage also of a large car park. Flanked to our restaurant is a newly built guest house, which offers the possibility to stay for short or long vacations in single, double, or triple apartments. It features: a ground floor with four rooms with private entrance, bathroom and kitchen; an upper floor with two apartments to use as sleeping two to a maximum of five people, with two bedrooms, bathroom, kitchen and outside an adjoining Terrace. Both the four rooms and the two apartments are also equipped with air conditioning, TV and free Wi-Fi network. Inside the apartments you can cook or you can choose to dine at our restaurant at discounted prices. Our location is convenient for those who want to move to visit and admire some of the places that this beautiful southern area has to offer. At a distance of only 4 km you can reach the seaside resort of Pozzallo , and the historic town of Ispica ; while at a distance of about 25 km you can reach the baroque and artistic places which are Modica , Noto and Ragusa . Our Beaches are characterized by the so-called " blue flag " , they are popular with tourists who come to visit every year . Many of these Beaches have free access , and in some areas even well equipped with various Beaches , where you can have all the different comforts .

Reviewed By Christopher N - Surbiton, United Kingdom

Having hungered for a pizza after a week's self-catering in Ispica, the Poseidon was recommended by the owner of the Il Giardino dei Limoni villa where we were staying. We were not disappointed! The choice of pizzas was generous, to say the elast. One which caught my eye: the "Pizza Stallone" seemed promising but even with my very basic Italian I saw that it came with horse-meat ("cavallo = horse???"). Not that I have any issue with horse-meat, but it somehow did not appeal with a pizza! Everyone in our party of four had a different pizza, and we all rated them as amongst some of the best we have eaten. All washed own with one of the excellent Sicilian reds (why can't I find Sicilian red wine in UK supermarkets?), coffee, etc. Service was efficient but no one spoke English (why should they - I must improve my Itailian) and menus were in Italian. Overall, a good well run pizzeria where an enjoyable evening meal may be had. Of course, there were other dishes on the menu other than pizzas, but that wasn't what we came for!

8. Le Note del Gusto

Strada Comunale n. 40 Ispica - Santa Maria del Focallo | Km 1+600 sx, 97014, Ispica, Sicily, Italy Highchairs Available, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards Seafood, Italian, Pizza, Mediterranean, Gluten Free Options Dinner +39 0932 185 0337
Excellent
66%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
6%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 64 reviews

Le Note del Gusto

The restaurant "Le Note del Gusto" is located a few kilometers from the town of Ispica on the road that leads to the seaside resort of Santa Maria del Focallo. It's located on top of a hill surrounded by olive trees, palm trees and carob trees, everything in an exclusive private property with plenty of space and parking. It's an elegant construction with a typical Mediterranean design with three large rooms, elegantly furnished, an open-plan pizzeria with a wood-burning oven, a Terrace fitted with pergolas and picnic areas and another area with a beautiful Fountain, overlooking the whole territory of Ispica, creating a special and striking atmosphere, ideal for your events and banquets. The restaurant "Le Note del Gusto" proposes the best of the renowned Sicilian cuisine with rich menus based on fish or meat and can offer its guests a full taste of the international cuisine and the traditional Mediterranean cuisine of iblea and Palermo. Recently, they have been included in the network of the Italian Cuisine Academy. Pizzeria provides special pizzas thanks to sourdough pizza dough, the use of excellent raw materials and a cooking on a wood stove, making the pizza light and digestible with a wide range of pizzas, from traditional to fish passing through further special pizzas. The professionalism of the owners, the courtesy of the staff, the long experience in the field of catering of pizza makers and chefs, the quality of the raw materials used, will allow you to spend pleasant evenings at "Le Note del Gusto" and to make unique and unforgettable your most important occasions.

Reviewed By Christopher N - Surbiton, United Kingdom

It wasn't easy finding restaurants in this corner of Sicily, near the scenic town of Ispica. We noticed Le Note del Gusto on my Google map, but even having the map on my tablet in the car we still had difficulty finding it! Beware: the turn off is a small road straight off the Strada Communale n.40 . The only sign advertising the restaurant is on a high post , out of most drivers' field of view!
Le Note del Gusto, we subsequently learned, is under new management. All the staff are helpful and friendly and an English speaking waiter served us once it became apparent that our Italian was , shall we say, "pocco"! We had booked table for 8:30 PM and were disconcerted to see that out party of four were the only one's there! We need not have worried: by 9:30 there wasn't a free table in the place and a queue at the door. The menu (Italian only) was varied with sea-food and meat dishes in equal proportions for the "secondo piatio", while the choice of antipasti and "primo piatto" left one forced to make difficult but ultimately very tasty choices. The bill for the four of us, with an excellent (but sadly not noted down) bottle of Sicilian red, water, coffes, etc came to 157 Euros, which made it excellent value for money. We had a very enjoyable evening and would recommend Le Note del Gusto without hesitation.

9. Pizzeria forno a legna

Via Dei Patriotti 11, 97014, Ispica, Sicily, Italy Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Drinks, Late Night HK$31 - HK$55 +39 0932 793827
Excellent
73%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 192 reviews

Pizzeria forno a legna

Reviewed By DRF1739 - London, United Kingdom

Good value, excellent quality pizza in unpretentious surroundings. Friendly service. No wine on the menu, but they produced an acceptable bottle when we asked for one.

10. Rosticceria Casa Rosa

Sp. Pozzallo, 97014, Ispica, Sicily, Italy Reservations Brew Pub, Pizza, Gastropub Lunch +39 330 882 289
Excellent
68%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 42 reviews

Rosticceria Casa Rosa

Reviewed By Edo S - Nottingham, United Kingdom

Casa Rosa is a lovely little cafe just across the road from the most gorgeous of Beaches between Marina Marza and Santa Maria del Focallo, Ispica. It is family run and the Signora and her daughters are marvelous cooks - the food is made up of local dishes and it is always freshly made and tastes wonderful. You really have to try the Signora's lemon granita which she makes herself with organically grown lemons.They are always very friendly, professional and polite.As we have a dog, we usually sit outside on the covered veranda. When we are in Ispica (which is quite often) the Casa Rosa is our lunchtime place on the beach.

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