The Food

 

 

The first known Italian food writer was a Greek Sicilian named Archestratus from Syracuse. In the 4th century BC he wrote a poem that spoke of using "seasonal ingredients of the highest quality".

 

This advice runs true even today and it is the focus of dario's cuisine.

 

Sometimes called the Queen of the Mediterranean cuisines, Italian cooking is widely considered one of the most healthy. With the abundant use of a wide variety of vegetables, extra virgin olive oil which has been proven to reduce cholesterol and the ubiquitous pasta which provides carbohydrates necessary to maintain energy levels, it is easy to have a healthy, balanced diet.

 

At dario's we place special emphasis on health and hygiene, and all fruits, salads and vegetables are meticulously washed in Mediclorex and filtered water for our guests’ well being. You can also enjoy the Italian Classic - a freshly baked pizza from our woodfire oven made in the traditional Italian way. Chef Dario Dezio has chosen a wide variety of recipes from various regions, but his native Sicily crops up time and again as a source of inspiration.

 

 

Sicily, the southernmost part of Italy, shows traces of all the cultures which established themselves on the island over the last 2 thousand years. Although its cuisine is predominantly Italian, Sicilian food has obvious Spanish, Greek, Norman, Saracen and Arab influences.The ancient Greek god Dionysus is said to have introduced wine to the region, an integral part of the Sicilian way of life.

 

The Byzantines favoured sweet and sour flavours whilst the Arabs introduced sugar, citrus fruits, rice and spices such as saffron, nutmeg, clove, cinnamon and black pepper. The Spanish brought discoveries from the New World including chocolate, maize and tomatoes, and local cuisine always encouraged the use of fresh vegetables such as eggplant and bell peppers.

 

The emphasis at dario's is on simple, fresh, home-cooked food, as if prepared in an Italian home, Cooked With LoveTM.