Aspra and the tasteful seafood at “Ricci & Capricci”
Aspra is a sea town, a few kilometers from Palermo and winds along a scenic and suggestive coast. In the past, rich in open-air calcarenite mines, the “pirriere”, it later became a center for the conservation of fish products, so much so that here there is a museum dedicated to anchovy, created by a leading figure of the conservative tradition, Michelangelo Balistreri.
And it is here that Maurizio Panzica, (in the photo below with his wife Stefania and Aldo Palmeri, president of the Club Corone Oro Sicilia) chef from Palermo, together with his wife Stefania Pizzuto decided to open his own restaurant, of which he is both chef and patron. It is the restaurant Ricci & Capricci and is dedicated to the sea. White lacquered wooden chairs, sea decorations create a climate that already has the flavors of the sea.
In fact, Maurizio Panzica goes to the marina early in the morning and buys the fish just brought by the fishermen. The currents that cross in this sea and other characteristics allow an excellent quality catch.
So you can taste small fried squid, tasty seafood salads and caponata with swordfish and “fritto misto di pesce”.
Many “Primi piatti” and very good are the caserecce with sea urchins, clams and shrimp (in the photo below)
and the black rice with sea urchins and burrata as well.
Bread and pastries are also “homemade”.
The pizzas made with highly digestible dough after natural leavening and seasoned with selected raw materials deserve a special mention: first and foremost: the renowned pizza “Ricci & Capricci”, much appreciated by true lovers of the sea flavor, and salmon.
The wine cellar is well assorted with labels of great prestige, both Sicilian and domestic and foreign as well.
The open kitchen is modern and tidy.
And after the meal a walk along the sea for a breathtaking view.
And so, of course, the Club Corone Oro Sicilia decided to give the recognition of a good reasturant by the attribution on on “Corona Oro”.