Surrounded by hazelnut groves, pine woods, vineyards and mountains, Linguaglossa sits right at the heart of the harvest. Every Friday, there’s a food market where locals stock up on fresh produce for the week ahead. Perusing food stalls is one of the delights of Italian travel – and in Linguaglossa, it’s a truly Sicilian affair, where crowds of locals are drawn in by word-of-mouth alone.
Even if you don’t purchase anything, a trip to the market will give you a taste of what to expect from Linguaglossa dishes. Think cheeses, salami and sausage, piles of glistening fish on beds of ice, fresh from net to market. For a snack on the go, pick up a punnet of olives, not forgetting the walnuts and almonds.
When it’s finally time to dine, take a seat at Dodici Fontane at Villa Neri Resort & Spa, where authentic Sicilian flavours are the star of every dish. Harnessing and amplifying each individual ingredient, the true essence of the dish is made to shine through. Dine in the restaurant itself overlooking the pool. Or in the warmer months, take a table in the courtyard and savour the scents of the surrounding olive groves.
Top tip: Don’t leave Linguaglossa without trying the traditional Sicilian streetfood, arancini – deep-fried balls of risotto filled with a rich ragu and melted cheese.