August 6, 2010 ~ 1 Comment

Lo Scoglio Ubriaco

Snap(shot) Judgements are posts that will appear with no real regularity. It’s primarily a way for us to get thoughts and photos up as soon as possible, especially when we have no plan to write a feature-length column on the subject. Here, Kate enjoys a late lunch at Lo Scoglio Ubriaco in Cefalu, Italy.

Tired and hungry after an all night ferry ride from the mainland to the island of Sicily, my mom and I stumbled into this restaurant for lunch while walking around the charming old town of Cefalu. We inqured if there was outside seating, and were led through the restauant to a magnificant terrace overlooking the sea. We had a leisurely and delicious lunch, ordering many small plates to savor and share.

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The Italians do simplicity well. Grilled bread perhaps rubbed with a garlic clove, topped with chopped seasoned tomatoes, and bit more olive oil. Some of the best I’ve had.

Chickpea Fries and Potato Croquettes

The chickpea fries, homemade and just out of the fryer, were not what I was expecting but wonderfully delicious. The potato croquettes here were lightly fried with a light, cloud-like potato interior – I was blown away. All previous potato croquettes I’ve had have been cardboard cutouts compared to these.

Ensalada Verde

We were desperate for fresh veggies and a big salad and gave the “green salad” a try. This wasn’t exactly what we were hoping for, but we liked that it came undressed with some oil and vinagar on the side.

Ensalada Mixta

The mixed salad was slightly more colorful than the green salad. Light and fresh.

Caprese Salad

The tomatoes were okay but the star here was the fresh buffalo mozzarella. Moist and salty and flavorful. Wow.

Grilled Radiccio

The bitter vegetable was slightly tempered by being grilled. Drizzled with a bit more olive oil and sprinkled with a bit of salt and I was in heaven. Heaven.


We spooned this sweet and earthy eggplant and olive spread over slices of white bread.

Dining Al Fresco

We came to lunch late so had the terrace almost to ourselves.

Sicilian Olive Oil

Delicious olive oil that I poured liberally on almost everything.

Lo Scoglio Ubriaco. Via Corso Bordonaro 2/4, 90015, Cefalu (PA). 0921423370.

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One Response to “Lo Scoglio Ubriaco”

  1. Mike Neureiter 7 August 2010 at 1:34 pm Permalink

    Kate — Simple food and al fresco dining…..two essential ingredients in any vacation. At first glance I thought the chickpea
    fries were little tiles of polenta….interesting interpretation of
    “fry”. I especially liked the bruschetta and grilled radiccio (I might attempt that with a grilled fennel, extra virgin and
    the juice of a grilled orange). Thanks to you and your Mom for the chance to vacation vicariously. See ya soon.

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