Dinner in Scopello, Sicily

Scopello is not a big place.

Quite the opposite in fact, a little Sicilian village with a few restaurants and a lot of character.

The buildings are all a little bit crumbly, life centres around a cobbled town square and you won’t hear a word of English spoken.

Perfect. 

After sun set we’d stroll into town in search of supper, drinks and gelato.

Stealing blooms along the way.

Pink sunnies

Off the shoulder dress

Bamboo bag (in stock again! + more colours)

Braided sandals

Bandana

Striped dress (similar)

Fringe sandals

Bougainvillea creeps up sandy walls and bursts out into the streets, showering passers by in fuchsia rain with every gust of wind.

Beautiful in its imperfection, a far cry from the Disney-perfect towns of Porto Fino or Capri, Sicily is where Italians choose to holiday. Not because of pastel painted houses or fairy lights, but because the food is what matters, the sea is crystal clear and the people utterly charming.

 

Like all Italian towns, dusk is the very best time to explore.

Everyone pours into the streets, wandering, chatting, eating and drinking.

And the place to eat and drink in Scopello is Bar Nettuno.

You’ll find it at the top of the square with the pepper tree, be prepared to queue if you get there late.

I won’t say this about many places, but it’s worth it!

Grab an aperol spritz, maybe a bellini and tuck into Scopello’s finest sea food.

Beautiful raw tuna, as fresh as can be. Served with my all-time favourite, raw red prawns.

A Sicilian speciality and so, so good.

Here they’re served with spectacular olive oil and a selection of salts.

Each one explained in turn.

Washed down with bellinis, of course.

Followed by heaped bowls of pasta to share.

Wonderful fresh pesto, scampi and tomatoes, all topped with toasted almonds.

A beautiful addition to a classic dish, giving a wonderful texture to every bite.

Tuna, courgette and lemon.

So deliciously simple.

Leftovers shared with new friends.

Followed by seared tuna with pistachio.

Another local speciality where the ingredients do all the talking.

Proper Sicilian food, done right.

I cannot recommend a trip enough, if you’re even close to Scopello be sure to pop by.

The table is yours for the evening, they won’t rush you out even if there’s a queue. Quite the opposite in fact, they’ll offer cocktails, pudding and coffee. Leaving you to sit back, relax and watch the square come to life.

Italy, you have my heart.

And my stomach.

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  • Feeding stray cats while eating out must be one of the most precious attractions of southern Europe!

  • It looks like such a pretty rustic place to visit. I can’t wait to visit Italy again x

    Jenny | LuxeStyle

  • You really can’t believe Italian food! All looks lovely x

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  • That pasta looks incredible! I would probably gain so much weight if I went to Italy from all the pasta I would eat!

  • Love your blue dress! What a beautiful get away!

  • Wow the food and drinks look amazing! I think you just inspired my lunch 😉 Thanks.

    Sarah
    http://www.balancingwanderlust.com

  • Peppermint Dolly

    Sounds amazing and the seafood looks truly sensational!!

    Rebecca
    xx

  • saudibackpacker

    wow so amazing!

  • Wow your dinner looks SO YUMMY. I literally just ate dinner and now Im salivating again! Super yummy!

    x
    Shloka
    http://thesilksneaker.com

  • Sepideh

    The food looks absolutely incredible! (then again, I’m doing a cleanse right now so I’m only drinking smoothies…so anything looks amazing haha)
    Beautiful pictures! You girls look so cute strolling arm-in-arm!

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  • thx for sharing your travel adventure with us in Italy. Always so nice to see you with Valentina!! And the food looks so yummy 😀 xo

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  • Emily

    Hi Rosie,
    My husband and I have just booked to go to Sicily next April (not as hot as August, but hopefully perfect weather for exploring!). We’re actually flying into Catania and so will be spending our holiday on the other side to where you visited. But just wondering whether you have any tips of good places to stay and visit in the north east/south east side?
    Big fan of your blog! Love Emily xxx