If you’re ever in the mood to escape the ordinary, everyday amazing beauty of seaside Siracusa, grab your keys and take a drive up to the highest point in the Hyblean Mountain range, Monte Lauro. You’ll find a sweet, warm little town called Buccheri up there. Hungry? I highly recommend the Osteria U Locale. This little restaurant on Via Dusmet in Buccheri is simple, nice, friendly and they serve great food and wine. According to my father-in-law, the house wine was a robust Nero Di Avola. If you’re like me, the ability to eat at mellow little bistros like this is one of the reasons you came to Sicily. I heard about it because it’s extremely popular, so call ahead for a reservation just to be on the safe side. If you’re wondering what their number is, I put a link to their website in the body of this text. Their contact information is on that website. If you hadn’t figured that out already, I feel bad for you.
Escaping to the fresh air of the Sicilian mountains for a delicious lunch in an adorable little tavern was a great way to start 2014 gastronomically. Figure €20 per adult. The food is well worth the drive.