VOGLIA MI PIZZA
Eat for… €5
The chairs are plastic. The cups are disposal. The sun never quite reaches the terrace. Luckily for Voglia mi pizza (“I want pizza”), it makes a damn fine pizza. The popular bakery next door, Voglia mi pane (“I want bread”), owned and run by the same family, supplies the restaurant with its unique fennel-seed flavoured pizza bases. The result is a range of around fifteen crispy, thin and über fresh pizzas topped with market-bought vegetables – all for around €3. Perfect with a chilled Sicilian beer (€2).
Address: Via Chiavettieri, Palermo.
Eat for… €7
According to the folks at Kus Kus, their signature dish was introduced into Sicily by fishermen from Tabarca, an island off the coast of Tunis, in the Tyrrhenian Sea. Made from semolina flour and served with garlic, olive oil, spices, chilli and vegetables, meat or fish, couscous is cooked in a glazed ceramic pot – the “mafaradda Siciliana” – that has a slightly higher body and taller neck than a North African tajine. Semolina is much less finely ground in Sicily too, and there’s a heavy emphasis on saffron, nuts and olive oil, so the local dish tends to be more intense, course and salty.
A small, family-run restaurant opened in 2004, Kus Kus makes everything on the premises. If you want a glimpse of the kitchens, use the take-away entrance on Piazza Virgilio, rather than the sit-down entrance on Via del Fervore. Take-away is also a lot cheaper – half the price in fact. We paid about €15 for two generous servings of fish coucous, with two rolled sardines stuffed with pine nuts, and a large beer.
Address: Piazza Virgilio, 9, 90141 Palermo.