Dioniso - Ortygia, Sicily
And while I’m in the bubble and excitement of packing and getting ready to fly back home to Cyprus… I just want to take you slightly back… Back to Syracuse … In the heart of Ortygia… To Dioniso!
Day 1 there and Eleni and me were on a tracking mission to familiarise ourselves with the island. After hours of walking and getting mesmerised by the breathtaking ambiance of Ortygia, we decide to treat ourselves to some highly recommended dinner, as a celebration of our recently commenced summer holidays and the “end” of a really tough year! And so after a couple of aperol spritz’ we ended up at this little alley where Dioniso was located!
A very charming man was standing outside the restaurant … He seemed wise, we was elegant and very appealing … Apparently this was mr. Alfio, owner of the restaurant and an incredible connoisseur who guided us through the Sicilian gourmet menu of Dioniso and recommended us the best… And believe me, they were indeed THE best!!!!
Another man was present in this scene however, and this was the executive chef of Dioniso, Lele … Interesting man indeed… By the end of the night we ended up enjoying not only our antipasti sardines, our primi squid risotto, our secondi tuna, our dolci panna cotta -the ultimate sensational vanilla experience - and the refreshingly smooth and yet peachy wine… But also the company of the very attentive and hospitable Lele and his adorable beagle Pero! You see… The dining experience was incredible not only because the food was made to perfection but also because the atmosphere was so welcoming and warm… I highly recommend Dioniso and I would really like to thank it’s people for making me feel like home!