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Cortile Arabo. Sicily’s maritime traditions on the table

By Wednesday, 26 June 2024 14:47
Cortile Arabo Restaurant in Marzamemi Cortile Arabo Restaurant in Marzamemi

The Cortile Arabo Restaurant in Marzamemi specializes in traditional Sicilian maritime dishes. 

Cortile Arabo is in the village of Marzamemi

In the province of Syracuse, Marzamemi, a small village overlooking the sea of Sicily is just two kilometres from Pachino. Famous for its fishing traditions the town can be reached from Catania airport (100 km away), from where the Linea Interbus buses depart for the municipality of Pachino, of which Marzamemi is a hamlet. It can also be reached by car on the Messina/Catania/

Siracusa/Gela motorway

Fish dishes take pride of place

Gratinated Mussels, Sea Urchins, and Jerusalem Artichoke Foam

The Cortile Arabo restaurant is situated in a central position in the village, not far from the Regina Margherita square and overlooking the sea, and it first opened in 2011. The restaurant has three areas: the courtyard, the small courtyard and the veranda overlooking the sea. The cuisine is a blend of ancient Sicilian and Mediterranean traditions, with many cultural contaminations, and the restaurant is helmed by Chef Massimo Giaquinta, who has a Kenyan mother and Italian father. The ingredients are selected taking into account their quality, but above all their seasonality, and the Sicilian traditions are enhanced by dishes in which fresh fish is the absolute protagonist.

The restaurant is a popular wedding venue

Cortile Arabo is attentive to new culinary experiments, attracting a clientele not only for the cuisine but also for its ambience, and for the outdoor tables overlooking the sea. The Cortiletto small courtyard is used as a champagne bar and has comfortable couches.   The location of Cortile Arabo, situated on the cliff and in a central position in the village, makes it a popular choice for weddings and summer events enhanced by the local architecture with its stone fishermen's houses and by Marzamemi’s tuna fishery. This is one of the oldest in Sicily, and in the past was the undisputed protagonist of this small seaside village.

Baroque Noto and Siracusa are within easy reach

From Marzamemi it is possible to reach the Baroque towns of Noto and Siracusa, as well as the southernmost point of Italy. In addition, a visit to Pachino, a town famous for its PGI tomatoes and its evocative atmosphere, is not to be missed. 

For information: https://cortilearabo.it/ 

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