If ice-cream had healing properties, we would choose to cure our pains with delicate white almond ice-cream, black chocolate and fresh cardamom dessert cubes and cannolos filled with chocolate cream. Antica Dolceria del Corso (Umberto I, Modica) would be where we would go for our prescriptions. It has the look of an old-fashion pharmacy, with dark wooden glass display cabinets, clear floor and dim light, in the picturesque setting of Modica. “Our chocolate is used to our temperature”. They told us as they stocked us up with hand-made chocolate bars for our road trip to the South of Sicily.
You sit at one of Manna’s tables, your soul gratified by Noto’s baroque charm. Here, Sicilian aesthetic and culinary traditions meet contemporary aesthetic and culinary codes in a delicate, as well as eclectic, bistro. Design and vintage elements, along with local artisanship wonders, follow one another in the airy rooms of a building in the old town centre and create a harmonic whole that is a feast for the eye. Millet and broccoli rissole, bowls of octopus, rice pies, ricotta tarts and cinnamon ice cream will please your senses of taste and smell. When dinner ends and you linger among the palaces, edged with cream-coloured coils, you will realize once again how splendid, rich and unique the extreme South of Italy is.
A fashion brand – Luisa Beccaria – that combines prêt-à-porter and haute-couture; a Sicilian farm that produces organic honey, extra virgin olive oil, capers and almonds; LúBar, a Sicilian street-food project; and two precious houses to rent set in the Vendicari reserve. Feudo del Castelluccio is a project all of us will fall in love with. The protagonist is Italy, its north and south. And a family whose lowest common denominators are their names’ initials (Lucio, Luisa, Lucilla, Lucrezia, Ludovico, Luna and Luchino), their rare beauty and their inbred style. The family founders are Milanese fashion designer Luisa Beccaria and her Sicilian husband Lucio Bonaccorsi. Casa Oliva and Casa Gelsomino are the summary of so much beauty. Bucolic, airy, sweet. Fresh, well kept, pure. Mediterranean. They will be loved by adults who look for an unknown Sicily, by adolescents who are ready to take endless baths and to start daily adventures among the reed thickets, or by children who delight in playing barefoot on the soft grass and meeting pink flamingos, herons and storks for the first time…
by Emily Nathan
We aren’t always after the sunniest, bluest sky or the perfectly sculpted still life. Rarely do I get to join forces with my colleagues with the sole purpose of capturing something else, something less than perfect, but, perhaps, more beautiful…
Five siblings, all with a very recognisable “trade mark”: blue eyes and names starting with “Lu”. Surrounded by the creations of their mum, fashion designer Luisa Beccaria, they grow up in Milan but their origins are Sicilian. It’s this land they will go back to. Oasi Vendicari is pure Sicily, an uncontaminated place where nature, history and aromas meet crystal blue sea: a unique landscape set in time. LùBar – a family project designed by Lucrezia – is in the middle of it, a kiosk made of bamboo canes, surrounded by almond and olive trees and caressed by a Mediterranean breeze. It’s a small secret garden where to enjoy street food and recipes inspired to ancient traditions, a variety of Sicilian delicacies and aperitifs at dusk.
by Massimo Temporiti
The tomatoes come from Pachino or Vesuvio, the pistachios from Bronte, the fontina cheese from Pila, the ricotta and the cheese for the cheesecake (prepared ad hoc) from Syracuse. The vegetables are from his garden where he cultivates produces typical of the Lombardy region during summer and of Liguria during winter. When Massimo tells you about his restaurant, his blue eyes light up while he takes you through a journey across Italy to discover the most genuine flavours of the country. Sicily and its aromas are the main inspiration for his recipes. When plates come out of his kitchen it often feels like they are coming directly from there.
Pantelleria is like a tiny fragment of Italy dropped afar. Its location gives it a special exotic feel: by latitude and longitude it sits closer to Africa than to us. The strong winds and the rugged and wild landscape scare away the less inspired travellers but its charm welcomes poets, artists and dreamers and entices them to come back over and over again. For some of them, Monastero is the ideal retreat: an intimate and elegant resort where to indulge in simple luxury. Set between the rocks and the sky, Monastero adapts to the nature of the island and enhances its beauty.
“Talìa” is the Sicilian word for “Look!” and that’s what we would say to our friends welcoming them in the garden of this property. From here, you can see the historical centre of Modica resembling a scene from the Nativity and waiting only to be admired. In Casa Talìa each room has its own terrace and is built on different natural levels of the ground. All rooms are set around the central courtyard in a structure that reminds of a Moroccan riad and that celebrates privacy and sharing. Citrus smell, tradition and peace: your oasis in the Mediterranean.
Just like the name suggests (Caol Ishka means “sound of the water” in Gaelic), this Sicilian Masseria is located on the estuary of the rivers Anapo and Ciane, only a few kilometres away from Ortigia, Siracusa’s historic centre. Modern mauve cabins host rustic-chic rooms. Outside, a well looked after garden with agaves and palm trees creates an atmosphere that is peaceful and discreet. And you can hear the murmur of the sea.