After our amazing lunch at Zia Pina, dinner was the last thing on our minds.
That evening we wandered back to the area around Piazza Kalsa and Piazza Marina
Down the back lane from BB22 and past the old buildings lining the street around La Cala, we cross infront of the Chiesa di Santa Maria della Catena and are in Piazza Marina. From here it is a short walk to Piazza Kalsa
The Arab influence is strong in Palermo. The Kalsa is known for its narrow winding streets. A lot of the Baroque churches and Moorish buildings were destroyed during World War II but now, after many years of neglect, the area is being restored. New restaurants, galleries and bars are opening all the time, making this one of Palermo’s most popular areas.
From Piazza Kalsa we wander along Via Torremuzza where the roadside trattorias are getting ready for the night’s diners.
Via Allora is home to many more bars and restaurants. We head to Divino Rosso.
Closed! Where to now? We could stop at the well known wine bar, Enoteca Cana, further down the street, but we decide to continue to Osteria dei Vespri which is in a little piazza just past Via Alessandro Paternostro. I don’t believe it – it is fully booked. Now I wish we had planned dinner and made a booking!
We head back to Mi Manda Picone, a wine bar in Via Alessandro Paternostro with a great selection of mainly Sicilian wines.
Mi Manda Picone
Their tables, as well as tables from the nearby restaurants, are set up outside the Chiesa di San Francesco d’Assisi in Piazza San Francesco
The famous Antica Focacceria San Francesco is also here. Have a look, but you will find better food elsewhere.
Piazza Marina is buzzing.
Kuè provides a great spot for people watching though I would recommend a gin or campari instead of a cocktail!
We head back to where we started! The Kalsa has come alive since we were here earlier
Street vendors have arrived.
Once known as Padro Aldo, Da Salvo is one of Palermo’s better known street trattorias
Plastic tables and chairs line the pavement and roadside. When we return, it is busier than ever but we manage to find a table.
The fish are displayed on a nearby table and the grill is at the ready
With all this beautiful seafood on display, we decide to share the house special.
Grilled to perfection, it was more than enough for the two of us (especially after our lunch!)
Via Bottai,6 (Piazza Marina)