The People & Food of San Vito Lo Capo – Pescheria Alfonso

I feel a deep connection to Sicily, her people, land, food and wine. It started with my grandparents, Maria and Sebastiano, who grew up near Siracusa. It grows each time I visit.

I recently spent a week at San Vito Lo Capo. I couldn’t wait to buy, cook and eat local seafood. First stop, Pescheria Alfonso, where I met Alfonso Battaglia, the owner, heart and smile behind the counter.

A rainbow of octopus, shrimp and red mullet was displayed. Speckled lobsters wriggled. Clams launched water into the air. I wanted to taste everything.
They are open 7 days a week and packed with customers. Every morning we bought fish here. We talked with Alfonso and his brother Giuseppe about the changing landscape of the fishing industry, exchanged recipes and laughed a lot.
The Battaglia brothers opened the pescheria 3 years ago. Not surprisingly, they come from a family of fishermen and fish sellers. Previously, Alfonso sold fish from a street cart near the local seaside.
At the end of the week, we sadly said goodbye to our new friends. We were depressed knowing that it would be a long time before we enjoyed such amazing, gorgeous, fresh fish. Luckily, Alfonso sent us away with one of his specialities, delicately marinated anchovies. I can’t wait to return next summer.
Pescheria Alfonso
206, V. Savoia – 91010 San Vito Lo Capo (TP) 
tel: 0923 972056







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