Sun, Sand, Spaghetti and Swordfish

January 12, 2013

Travelling on from Trapani, Ben and I explored the North-West coast of Sicily, starting in San Vito Lo Capo , then onto Clatafimi and Scopello…Oh, Scopello. I’ll rave about that cove a little later on. For now, let’s head to the beach.

San Vito Lo Capo boasted the clearest beaches with the whitest sand. The two hours we spent lazing on a beach bed under an umbrella was truly spectacular indulgence.

As were the plates of pasta we ate for lunch…

…and the scoops of gelato we had after all that sun and sand. Pistachio salted nut perfection. The owner of this store could not understand why we would want to leave Melbourne, home of the Australian Open, and travel to San Vito Lo Capo. Oh, dear man, you have no idea how lucky you are to live in this coastal paradise. And so close to other gems such as Scopello and Palermo. Melbourne is truly wonderful, but seriously…it’s Sicily.

Gelato in hand, we drove on to Scopello, a stunning teeny tiny seaside town. We planned to spend two nights here, swimming by day and eating by night. More on Scopello in my next post…
Our first dinner was nearby in Calatafimi. Do you recall our friends who sent us to Ortigia and also Ferla? Well, as part of our Wedding present, these gorgeous friends bought us dinner at their family’s hotel, Relais Angimbe, in Calatafimi (where their family is from).
Driving around, exploring Calatafimi for a short while before dinner…
This dinner was a definite treat, we had the most wonderful evening and enjoyed a truly beautiful meal at Relais Angimbe.

The setting was gorgeous and calm, and the Sicilian-style swordfish oh so dreamy.

And I cannot stop thinking about the divine, simple, subtle spaghetti with zucchini.

Thank you, Rosa and Michael. We adored our meal, and our special little visit to Calatafimi.

Next, I’ll take you around Scopello, one of our most favourite Sicilian destinations. I can hardly wait.

Heidi xo

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  • ChopinandMysaucepan January 12, 2013 at 11:31 am

    Dear Heidi,

    Love that first pic of the beautiful red umbrellas. The squid ink pasta and the swordfish in that baking paper are ace!

    That cute little Fiat must be close to 50 years old, what a beautiful sight. And you look gorgeous, glowing with lots of lovin' from Ben, lucky bugger!

  • Hannah January 12, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    The first time I had squid ink pasta was in an Italian restaurant in Kanazawa, Japan. 🙂

    Also, I love that something as simple as pasta with zucchini could truly be transcendent. Now that's how to do food!

  • Not Quite Nigella January 12, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    What a dreamy set of images! I love the one with the car and the shepherd!

  • jac January 12, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    Great post! Love the red beach umbrellas .. so cute!

  • The InTolerant Chef January 13, 2013 at 9:00 am

    My oh my, I think I would have to laze on the beach after a big bowl of that yummy looking pasta too! I love the photo of the sheep on the road 🙂

  • msihua January 13, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    Arghh! I miss travelling! I can't wait for our next big one!

  • Hannah January 13, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    The dinner looks soo good.. & you look beautiful 🙂 The first plate of spaghetti looks so interesting, is it squid ink? x

  • Heidi January 13, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    Chopin – hehe awe thank you *blush*

    Hannah – completely, my dear. It's what I'm all about xo

    Lorraine – it's a favourite 🙂

    Lac – they're everywhere, and so so colourful!

    InTolerant Chef – so much beauty everywhere in Sicily…

    Msihua – me too!!

    Hannah – thanks, lovely. It is indeed. This was a very delicious plate.

    Heidi xo

  • Chinny January 13, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    Thanks for sharing such a gorgeous place. It looks divine and will now be on our list when we visit Italy this year. The food looked amazing. I wanted to let you know that Swordfish is on the 'threatened' species list, which is the stage before 'endangered'. I try and avoid ordering it if I can – but I can't deny it is lovely 🙂

  • Iron Chef Shellie January 14, 2013 at 11:04 pm

    Stunning! how perfect for that old car to be in your photo <3

  • Heidi January 15, 2013 at 8:34 am

    Chinny – yes it is lovely, such a gorgeous place. However as I understood it, swordfish's status is often more about how it is being caught (often unethically). Will look into it, good to know it is on the threatened list. Always love to have a good conscious about this stuff! Thanks for the comment!

    Michele – good timing 🙂

    Heidi xo

  • Ashley January 16, 2013 at 11:49 am

    Oh my, the look of that squid ink (I assume!) pasta has me drooling! Thank god it's lunchtime! 🙂

    Also all those sheep! How cute! 😀

  • Wendy July 2, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    Hi Heidi, love your blog! My husband and I are in sicily for part of our honeymoon right now and are driving to san vito lo capo today. Do you have any restaurant recommendations? Thank you!

    • Heidi July 2, 2014 at 3:36 pm

      Oh great!! How fun. Thank you for the blog love! I recall in San Vito lo Capo we just used trip advisor & went to one of the top recommendations. Sorry I cannot recall more. It was nice but not a standout meal so I didn’t list it. Hope you find some yummy eats there! x

  • Wendy July 2, 2014 at 4:09 pm

    Thanks for getting back to me so quickly! That’s ok I’m sure we’ll find something delicious (it’s sicily!) 🙂