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Inside Sicily’s nostalgic Me Cumpari Turiddu restaurant

Step through the doors of Sicilian restaurant Me Cumpari Turiddu, and you might be going back in time…

Rome-based interior architect Francesco Zarbano designed the island eatery created by owner Roberta Capizzi in 2016, but it remains something of a hidden treasure to design pilgrims outside of Italy.

Photography: Rosella Degori

The Catania restaurant revolves around an open kitchen and recreates ‘old Trinacria’ via soaring vaulted ceilings hung with vintage lace and rough plastered walls. Antique chandeliers, chairs and tables juxtapose worn Sicilian tiles and wooden accents while a plant wall injects a bold burst of colour into the white-washed space. A mix of raw floorboards and parquet tiles complete the aged look.


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Chef Gianluca Leocata’s menu features grilled donkey steak and contemporary twists on local classics such as Spaghetti alla Turiddu and Cous cous delle Monache di Santo spirito.

Me Cumpari Turiddu, Piazza Turi Ferro, 36/38, 95131 Catania CT, Sicily

Inside Sicily’s nostalgic Me Cumpari Turiddu restaurant
Photography: II PRESS – Catania
Inside Sicily’s nostalgic Me Cumpari Turiddu restaurant
Photography: Rosella Degori

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