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Simposio’s Ortigia travel cookbook is an ancient terracotta pot filled with everything from Ortigia, Noto, Marzamemi, and Pachino (Sicily, Italy): a slow travel guide, a cookbook, and a photography book. Plenty with food and fish markets, history, Greek theaters, duomos, cathedrals, cooking inspiration (recipes), traditions, and things to do and see.

Ortigia travel cookbook

SIMPOSIO: the ORTIGIA travel cookbook


In this travel cookbook, you will discover, experience, cook, and enjoy the precious heritage of Ortigia, Noto, Pachino, and Marzamemi. Sicilian cities duchesses of beauty, art, culture, and food. All worth a visit – or two!

Ortigia is the old city of Siracusa. The island of Greek myths, tyrants, lemons, inventors, and a beautiful duomo. An almost pedestrian paradise for lovers of heartbreaking, charming decadence, delicious marine food, and noisy fish markets. Not to mention Ancient Greek plays at sunset.

Noto is known for its Infiorata (flower festival), baroque beauty, fascinating history, and amazing food.

Marzamemi was gifted with splendid beaches, a historic Tonnara, fish restaurants, and nightlife.

Pachino is the land of tomatoeswine, and its Inverdurata (vegetable festival).

A few miles separate these pearls of the South East of Sicily, rent a car, and in two to four days, you’ll see them all. But you’ll want more. And you’ll beg to stay. And promise yourself to be back one day…


The Ortigia Simposio travel cookbook will not only give you a travel and food guide of Ortigia, Noto, Marzamemi, and Pachino but will let you in their culture, history, and traditions. Introducing you to legends and myths, locals, traditional foods, and recipes. 

Are you ready for mindfully traveling to Sicily? For devouring its heritage and cooking like a local? Go grab your copy of this unique book, travel guide, cookbook, journal!

From the intro

“In Ortigia’s Simposio, we will explore the Sicilian island through history, with a hint of legend and a tad of magic. We will meet Dionysius, the tyrant, Artemis the goddess, Aretusa, her beloved nymph, Archimedes, the thinker, Lucia, the saint, and Lucia, the not-so saint.

We will walk through Siracusa’s Greek theater ruins and shed a few tears watching a tragedy played while the sun sets down. And we will go shopping, singing, and tasting through the busy fish market.

We will also explore a bit of the infinite Sicilian culture: play and read our future with tarot cards, replicate a recipe by a Monsù – Reign of the Two Sicilies chef -, and interview a local, sensible, and charismatic writer.

Back to the kitchen, we will discover capers: from the flowers to the fruits. And we will cook authentic regional recipesFishy pasta, of course, like bottarga paired with citrus peels – divine -, squid ink, or anchovies. But also, veggie pasta recipes as per Sicily’s tradition. Vegetables will also dominate the side dishes and pizza scene: we will bake two can’t-stop-devouring stuffed pizzas typical of this territory. And Pane Cunzatu, the local sandwich!

We will surprise our palate with some traditional fish dishes of Sicily: expect tuna (also as meatballs!), swordfish, grouper, and mackerel recipes.

We will also rediscover ancient recipes like the Scursunera – jasmine granita -, the Cuccia to celebrate Santa Lucia, Totò and Ossa Di Morti cookies to honor the Day of the Dead, and the Maccu to praise San Giuseppe.

The traveling through Sicily won’t be over, at least for this issue, until we drive from Ortigia to the stunning, baroque Noto, to the fishermen’s town of Marzamemi, and the vegetable reign of Pachino. In these ancient small towns, we will meet new personages, learn more stories, absorb traditions, and participate in festivals with very ancient roots.

We will also dive into Italy’s summer dishes and rituals – which are quite often linked -: rice or tuna salads, stuffed tomatoes, zucchini, or ricotta pasta, and “latte e menta,” milk with mint syrup.

Finally, we can’t end this Simposio without a gelato. We will enjoy it while listening to my friends and family’s favorite artisanal flavors and packed ice-creams!

Ready for a bath of sun, flavors, and Italians?

Welcome to Ortigia!



Take a look inside Ortigia

What you’ll find in Ortigia’s Simposio:

115 pages
113 pictures
29 recipes
travel and culture
a lot of tuna ♥



| Travel

08 Ortigia

10 Archia

12 Artemide

14 Aretusa

16 Archimede

18 Fish Market

20 Dionisio

22 Tragedies

24 Lucia

26 Giusi

83 Noto

88 Marzamemi

90 Pachino

| Culture

06 Bucket List

32 Tarocchi

34 Monsù

78 Santa Lucia

106 Gelato

110 Capperi!

| Recipes

36 Lacerto Agglassato

38 Salsa San Bernardo

40 Ortigia’s Food

42 Broccoli Arriminati Pasta

44 Salsa Moresca Spaghetti

46 Spaghetti Alla Siracusana

48 Maccu

50 Sugo Nero

52 Sugo Alla Siracusana

54 Bobbia

56 Patate Apparecchiate

58 Impanata

60 Pizzolo

62 Tonno Alla Marinara

64 Pescespada Alla Stemperata

66 Cernia Alla Matalotta

68 Purpetti Di Tonno Da Zà Cicca

70 Pane Cunzatu

72 Scursunera

74 Ossa Di Morti

76 Totò

80 Cuccia

86 Asparagi Di Noto

92 Filetti Di Sgombro Beddi Quantu U Suli

96 Tuna Stuffed Tomatoes

98 Tuna & Beans Salad

100 Tomato & Zucchini Pasta

102 Ricotta & Tomato Pasta

104 Latte & Menta

108 Fig Leaves Gelato

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