Welcome to Ragusa
The ancient city of Ragusa is located in southern Italy on the island of Sicily. Although the ruins within Ragusa date to the Roman Empire in the 3rd century BCE, much of the architecture and customs reflect a strong 17th century Sicilian culture. The food in Ragusa is typically Sicilian in nature, yet often with a unique twist that incorporates local delicacies. From family-run pizzerias to elegant dining with classic style Sicilian cuisine, Ragusa is sure to please the traveler in search of local foods and culture.
Ragusa offers a large variety of restaurants, cafes and pubs serving Italian, Sicilian and Ragusan food. One of the most popular restaurants, Duomo, is known for its fish and pasta dishes and traditional atmosphere. Pizzeria La Ciotola serves rustic regional cuisine with a relaxed family atmosphere, while La Pergola puts a contemporary twist on classic dishes like ravioli and local oranges.
Olive oil is central to all Italian cooking, but Ragusa produces its own variety that gives a unique flavor to the local foods. Known as the Tonda Iblea variety, the olive is used for both pressings and salads. The trees are grown in the nearby mountains in rich volcanic soil. Because the olive itself is not a hybrid, some chefs believe it has a more pure taste that is passed on to the foods cooked in it.
Located on an island, it's no surprise that Ragusa is home to many fine seafood dishes. Sardines and snapper are commonly added to soups and pasta dishes; cuttlefish with ink sauce is a local favorite. Tonno a la stemperata, or tuna in vinegar, incorporates all local ingredients, including olive oil and raisins.
For most travelers, a trip to Italy is not complete without sampling local pasta dishes. Ragusan pasta recipes incorporate indigenous ingredients for truly unique flavors. Maccheroni al forno, baked pasta, is a good example using local meats and vegetables for a hearty casserole.
Desserts in Ragusa are regional versions of Italian favorites. Cannolis, a tube shaped pasty, is stuffed with sweetened ricotta cheese made from goat milk, instead of cow's milk. Almonds are a common ingredient in desserts, including marzipan, a sugary almond pastry, and a type of almond pudding made from almond milk. Sicilian gelato, or ice cream, is mixed with local extras like pistachios or hazelnuts for a tasty treat.
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