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“Montelbano Lunch Vigata Police Station”
Review of Satra

Satra
Ranked #17 of 96 Restaurants in Scicli
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
London, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
23 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Montelbano Lunch Vigata Police Station”
Reviewed July 28, 2014

Stopped off for lunch at this lovely restaurant. Yes, its a little pricier than most, but the variety on the menu and the hospitality of the staff were excellent. I loved the authentic Sicilian touch. Also you are only a few feet away from Inspector Montalbano’s fictitious Vigata Police Station which made it for me.
GETTING THERE. Scicli is 25 kilometres (16 miles) or a 40 minute drive from Ragusa. Besides Montalbano it’s a beautiful town, with lots of interesting churches and features and is listed as one of UNESCO's World Heritage Sites.
On arrival, park in the lovely Piazza Italia where you see the Chiesa di San Matteo which dominates the town. Walk up the Via Nationale and on the left is the Comune Di Scicli where you find this restaurant opposite the town hall which doubles for Vigata Police Station, and the Chiesa di San Giovanni Evangelista next door.
Interestingly, I think the inspector series interiors in the beginning may have been filmed at the town hall, as the décor and acoustics seem authentic. You also see people walking down the street through Montalbano’s office window, but in later episodes they appear to be less well detailed sets filmed in Rome and you cannot see life out of the window.
Two tips. 1 Don’t travel by car in Sicily without Satnav, as there is limited road signage, narrow roads and streets, numerous one-way systems and regular road works, as in Scicli. 2. Fill up with fuel whenever you can as a lot of service stations are closed at lunchtimes (sometimes several hours) and weekends. Even if you see vehicles filling up with no attendant they are probably using special automated fuel credit card service machines. My UK credit cards were not accepted at these machines but were accepted at attended stations, and one unfortunate couple lost 50EU on an automated cash fuel machine which didn’t work.

  • Visited June 2014
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Qormi, Malta
Level 5 Contributor
48 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
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“Excellent food and idyllic surroundings”
Reviewed July 26, 2014

Had the privilege to dine at Satra with a group participating for a training trip. The planning was smooth and the management accommodated our request of having a meat option since not all the group loved fish. I tasted both the fish and meat dishes and all we're excellent. Personally I liked the dessert most...ice cream on top of a bed of sesame seeds a s chocolate crumbs. I simply wish to remember the taste of it for a long time!

  • Visited July 2014
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Brussels, Belgium
Level 6 Contributor
181 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
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“Exceptional!”
Reviewed July 12, 2014

The only word to describe the food here is: exceptional. It's a little bit pricier than other similar restaurants, but it's worth every penny (or eurocent!). Highly original versions of classic Sicilian fare, delicious wine, incredible selection of home-made rolls. This is a dining experience not be missed. Highly recommended.

  • Visited June 2014
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Geilenkirchen, Germany
Level 5 Contributor
80 reviews
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“High quality and nice experience”
Reviewed June 11, 2014

If you want to try out something different from the crowd, this is the restaurant to go for. Nice location, atmosphere and clean, offers a very good choice with mouthwatering dishes for a nice eating experience in Scicli. I definitely recommend it.

  • Visited June 2014
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Coulsdon, Surrey
Level 6 Contributor
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127 restaurant reviews
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“Fine Dining - Delicious!”
Reviewed May 29, 2014

Our best meal by far in Scicli. The restaurant is very elegant, though sadly a little lacking in atmosphere. The food more than made up for that, starting with a lovely amuse-bouche of caper fritter. The pasta with tuna was delicious and the spatula fish with basil sauce was divine both in looks and in taste. Coffee was served with petits fours and rounded off the meal perfectly. A little more expensive than other restaurants but completely worth it. Highly recommended.

Visited May 2014
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