I am in love with Sicily. In order to find those Sicilian atmospheres and flavours few days ago I had dinner at Siciliah, a new restaurant in Milan completely devoted to the culinary traditions of the area of Trapani. Here I found the busiate I go crazy for (a sort of home-made maccheroni) and pistachio in more or less every dish. A piece of Sicily, or shall we say Siciliah, has arrived to Milan, close to corso Magenta.
In order to understand Siciliah’s philosophy, we shall start with saying that the management of the restaurant is by Gal Elimos, a consortium that unites some local producers of the Trapani area. This is why all the dishes are prepared with fresh and genuice products and produce arriving daily from Sicily.
As a starter we ordered a raw fish antipasti: carpaccio, tuna tartare, sword fish, salmon and prawns. A ‘test’ that was successfully passed given the absolute freshness of the ingredients!
We continued with a shared dish of organic busiate pasta with mussels, clams and pistachios and some pistachio crusted tuna.
The menu is short but it brings some of the most famous Sicilian specialties, as pasta alla norma, prawns courgette and saffron pennette, baccalà (codfish) salad with onions, cherry tomatoes and capers. Next time I will try the Mazara red prawn gratinéed with a potatoes crust and the busiate with prawns and cherry tomatoes.
Along with dinner we drank a Rocche della Sala white wine and as a final touch, together with the Sicilian ricotta filled cartoccio, oven baked and covered with hazelnut granola, we enjoyed an amazing citrus amaro liquor, the Zahare.
We are in the very heart of the city, in via Terraggio, close to corso Magenta and Bar Magenta, where you could perhaps start or finish your night. It is easy to reach with public transport (red line metro Cadorna stop and green line metro Sant’Ambrogio stop), and it can be the right choice both for a good lunch in the centre and for dinner.
The interior is in country style with a twist of modern. The atmosphere is fairly basic and calm: it has nothing to do with the fancy restaurants of the area. It is a neat and simple restaurant, something for everyday eatings. The credit also goes to service, puntual and kind.
For a quick dinner or a main course with dessert you spend around thirty euros. If you want to exaggerate (as I did, of course!) it get a bit pricey. Prices are not the ones you find in Sicily in the Trapani area, but they are still alligned with – or even lower – than other fish restaurants in the city!
Via Terraggio 11, Milan
+39 02 86451590
Open every day (12:30-14:30 and 19:30-23:00) except on Saturday at lunch and Sunday
Read the original article on Conosco un Posto. All English versions are translated by Tamara Ilic.