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.