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Una montagna di eccellenze

The quality is palpable. Here's what you'll eat if you come to Cammarata and San Giovanni Gemini.

caciocavallo cammarata

Cammarata Mountain is not just a place that has seen us grow, but it's also the cradle of our passions and the excellences that we've been promoting with pride for years. The lush nature and age-old traditions of Cammarata and San Giovanni Gemini have given birth to unique products that have won over taste buds and garnered accolades worldwide.

🌿 Cammarata's Green Gold: The olive oil produced here isn't just any oil. It was ranked as the best in the world at the "International Olive Oil Competition" in 2022. A true liquid treasure!

🍷 Wines with a Story: Imagine a wine that originates from a winery existing since 1469. This wine not only has a captivating history but was also awarded Bronze in Brussels and preserves the oldest hybrid of Nero d'Avola in Sicily.

🧀 Cheesy Delights: The caciocavallo made with the rare Modican red cow isn't just cheese, but a taste experience. Ranked as the best Sicilian cheese, it's a real treat for the palate.

🥛 Award-winning Yogurts and Cheeses: A Cammarata farm has won over experts' taste buds, achieving second place in the Gambero Rosso blind test for the best yogurts in Italy. And in 2022, their Fior di Pepe won the "Bronze" award at the "World Cheese Awards".

🌾 Passion for Agrobiodiversity: The safeguarding and enhancement of the Island's agrobiodiversity are at the heart of many local companies. They passionately cultivate ancient Sicilian grains, produce flours like "russello" and "perciasacchi", artisanal pasta, legumes, olives, natural flavors, and dried fruits. And let's not forget the Conservation Field of germplasm of ancient Sicilian fruits, a true treasure of biodiversity.

Cammarata and San Giovanni Gemini are places where quality is felt, tasted, and lived.

montagna di eccellenze

If quality is what you seek when you travel, look no further. Cammarata and San Giovanni Gemini are a haven for food lovers. With over 30 restaurants, trattorias, pizzerias, and agritourism spots, you'll be spoilt for choice. And it's not just about quantity, but genuine quality.

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Every restaurant here has a story to tell, a tradition to share, and a passion to showcase. Whether you're in the mood for a traditional Sicilian dish, a wood-fired pizza, or a local cheese, you're sure to find something that tantalizes your taste buds.

And don't forget to pair your meal with a glass of local wine. After all, we're in Sicily, where wine is as much a part of the culture as the food.

So, the next time you're journeying through Sicily, make a stop at Cammarata and San Giovanni Gemini. Savor the true essence of Sicilian cuisine and discover why so many travelers return here year after year.

Today, we also want to take you on a unique culinary journey, discussing one of Cammarata's gastronomic jewels that surely needs no introduction: the Filici Restaurant by the Scibetta family.

Set in a breathtaking natural setting, nestled among green meadows and majestic trees, with the backdrop of mountains framing the view, Filici Restaurant stands as an oasis of taste and tradition. But it's not just a haven for food enthusiasts: it's also an ideal spot for families.

For the little ones, the restaurant features a mini-zoo, where they can get up close and personal with various animals, offering both an educational and fun experience. Expansive green areas provide ample space for running, playing, and indulging in outdoor adventures. And for those seeking structured fun, there's also a well-equipped playground, where kids can play safely while parents relax and enjoy the view. So, whether you're young explorers seeking adventures or adults craving a relaxing break, Filici Restaurant has something for everyone. A place where nature, fun, and gastronomy merge into an unforgettable experience.

Sicily, with its ancient history and unique geographical position, has birthed a rich and diverse cuisine. At Filici Restaurant, this culinary legacy is celebrated in every dish. The menu spans authentic Mediterranean flavors, echoing Greek traditions and spicy nuances of North African cuisine. Each dish tells a story, a tradition, a piece of Sicily.

And it's not just the food that makes Filici Restaurant special. This venue is also the perfect setting to celebrate significant moments, from ceremonies to banquets, always accompanied by impeccable service and a breathtaking panoramic view.

ricotta di cammarata

But let's get to the point: in most of the restaurants in our territory, a particular form of service is adopted that involves presenting numerous appetizers. It's not uncommon for these to exceed 12 dishes. Let's start by getting to know some of them. Typically, the meal begins with excellent ricotta, now renowned thanks to the high-quality milk produced in Cammarata and San Giovanni Gemini. This ricotta is the result of the skilled hands of master cheesemakers who, with passion and tradition, transform milk into a creamy and flavorful product.

pecorino di cammarata

We continue the experience with the high quality of "primo Sale" (first salt). This fresh cheese, as the name suggests, is one of the early stages of cheese maturation. It has a soft texture and a delicate yet distinctive flavor. It's perfect to enjoy on its own, perhaps drizzled with extra virgin olive oil and a sprinkle of black pepper, or as an ingredient in salads and cold dishes. But the real star, for many, is the baked pecorino. This cheese, typical of Sicilian tradition, is baked in the oven until it reaches a golden and crispy crust, while the inside remains soft and stringy. The flavor is intense, rich, and slightly smoky, a result of the unique cooking technique. It's a true delight for the palate, a taste experience that combines the saltiness of the pecorino with the toasted notes of the crust.

After savoring the dairy delights, one might think they've reached the pinnacle of tasting. But, as in any respectable culinary symphony, we are just at the beginning of a gastronomic journey that promises to amaze with every course. Tripe with beans is a dish that evokes the tradition and history of Sicilian cuisine. A perfect combination of the softness of the tripe and the creamy texture of the beans, all seasoned with spices and aromatic herbs that enhance every single ingredient. It's a dish that tells of ancient times, genuine flavors, and skilled hands that know how to transform simple ingredients into something extraordinary. But it doesn't end there. The olives preserved in oil, stored according to ancient family recipes, are an explosion of flavor in the mouth.

caponata filici

Each olive encapsulates the taste of the Sicilian sun and the fertile land from which it comes. And then there are the homemade cured meats, a testament to the skill and passion of local producers. Salamis, hams, and sausages, each slice is a journey through authentic and unmistakable flavors, the result of a long tradition of smoking and aging. Lastly, a special mention goes to the bruschettas. Crunchy slices of toasted bread, topped with an endless variety of pestos and condiments. Whether it's fresh tomato, peppers, olives, or bolder combinations, each bruschetta is a small masterpiece of flavor and creativity.

spaghetti asparagi selvatici

And how could we forget its majesty, the caponata? This dish, known worldwide as one of the symbols of Sicilian cuisine, finds in Ristorante Filici, as well as in others, one of its most sublime expressions. Caponata is not just a side dish but a true celebration of flavors and traditions. Made from fried eggplants, olives, capers, celery, and a delicious sauce based on tomato and vinegar, caponata represents a perfect balance between sweet and sour. But what makes the version served at Ristorante Filici divine is the care in selecting the ingredients and the skill in preparation. Each bite tells the story of a sun-kissed land, markets brimming with fresh vegetables, and generations of cooks who have perfected the recipe over the years. And, as in any great restaurant that respects tradition and the seasonality of ingredients, the menu varies depending on the time of year. This ensures that every dish is prepared with fresh ingredients at the peak of their flavor. In the right season, wild asparagus spaghetti is a must. This simple yet refined dish combines al dente pasta with the freshness and unique flavor of asparagus picked directly from the surrounding woods. It's a true celebration of spring, a dish that evokes nature's rebirth and the generosity of Sicilian land.

Ma se siete alla ricerca di qualcosa di veramente speciale, non potete perdervi le "tagliatelle con salsiccia e finocchetto selvatico". Questa pasta tradizionale viene condita con un sugo ricco e profumato, dove la salsiccia nostrana si fonde perfettamente con il sapore fresco e aromatico del finocchetto raccolto dai campi siciliani.

And to complete this divine dish, it's sprinkled with "muddica atturrata", a kind of toasted breadcrumb. The muddica atturrata can be prepared with or without sugar. The version with sugar has a slight sweet aftertaste that contrasts beautifully with the salty flavors of the dish, while the one without sugar maintains a flavorful and crunchy profile, adding an irresistible texture to the dish.

Who hasn't dreamt of going back in time and tasting meatballs in tomato sauce as grandma used to make? In these places, this dream becomes a reality. Soft and succulent meatballs, immersed in a rich and fragrant sauce, served hot and ready to be mopped up with a slice of homemade bread.

And for those who love bolder flavors, the sweet and sour onion meatballs are a true triumph of contrasts. The sweetness of caramelized onion blends with the acidity of the dressing, creating a dish that dances on the palate.

But the Sicilian tradition doesn't stop here. The fabulous vegetable couscous is another must-try dish. Light yet filling, it combines the delicacy of couscous with the freshness of seasonal vegetables, in a mix of flavors and textures that best represents the variety of Sicilian cuisine.

animelle di maiale

So, after indulging in dizzying appetizers and first courses that made you believe you've reached gastronomic heaven, you might feel ready to throw in the towel. "We're full!", you might exclaim, looking proudly at your empty plates. But hold on, don't wave the white flag just yet!

Just when you think you've seen it all, here come the main courses, parading like true superstars. The pork sweetbreads, embraced by peppers and potatoes, seem to say, "Did you really think you could resist us?" And the mixed grill? It's like that encore every band saves for the end, just when you thought the show was over.

And as you wonder how you managed to eat so much and, at the same time, how you could resist these new dishes, the salad, from a corner of the table, tries to catch your eye. But, honestly, after such a feast, who still has eyes for salad?

cassatelle siciliane

If, after that triumph of flavors, you can still sit without dreaming of rolling out of the restaurant, you deserve applause! And if, by chance, you've decided to take a short walk outside, trying to make room for the next round, you've made a wise choice. Because upon your return, a new surprise awaits you.

While you're still wondering if you have room for another bite, the waiters, with a mischievous smile, bring to the table a selection of desserts that seem to have come straight out of a dream. Fresh fruit, cut on the spot, shines like gems under the dim light. The cassatelle with fresh ricotta, small pastry chests that enclose a creamy and sweet heart, wink at you, almost challenging you to resist. And then there are the Sicilian cannoli, with their crunchy crust and ricotta filling that promises to make you forget every calorie and every regret.

"Did you really think you could resist?", these tempting desserts seem to say. And as you surrender to temptation, you think that, after all, life is too short to say no to a cannolo!

minizoo filici

Our culinary journey at Ristorante Filici in Cammarata is coming to an end, but like every great show, the finale must live up to expectations. And what better way to conclude than with an aromatic coffee and an amaretto, all included in the same price. It's the final touch that makes you leave the table with a satisfied smile and the promise to return.

The success of Ristorante Filici is not an isolated case, but rather a shining example of what happens when passion, dedication, and love for tradition come together. This winning formula is replicated in numerous restaurants in Cammarata, where the quality and authenticity of local products are at the heart of everything. Cammarata and San Giovanni Gemini are hidden gems of Sicily, places where time seems to have stood still and where every corner tells a story. Here, culinary tradition is not just a way to nourish oneself, but a true journey through centuries of history, culture, and passion. Every dish, every ingredient, tells the story of a rich and generous land, of skilled hands working with love, and of generations that have passed down secrets and recipes.

But it's not just the dishes that make these places special. It's the atmosphere, the warm welcome of the people, the breathtaking landscape that stretches as far as the eye can see. It's the feeling of being at home, even if it might be your first visit. So, if you're looking for an authentic experience, a place where cooking is both art and tradition, where every bite is a dive into the past and a taste of the future, look no further. Cammarata and San Giovanni Gemini await you with open arms, ready to offer you the best of their cuisine and their hearts. We invite everyone to discover these corners of paradise, to be tempted by authentic flavors, and to immerse themselves in an experience that will remain etched in memory and heart. Don't wait, pack your bags and come discover the magic of Cammarata and San Giovanni Gemini. And remember, the only risk here is wanting to come back again and again!

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