Heaven on Earth for foodies and wine lovers

planetaLa Foresteria, the Planeta wine resort at Menfi, welcomes their visitors this year as well with exclusive access to the beach Club at Lido Fiori, one of the most beautiful and emotive spots on the Sicilian coast. The unspoilt natural setting surrounding the beach and the clear sea, have well deserved the 19 Blue Flags awarded to this beach, as well as the Green Flag which promotes it as one of the twenty best Italian beaches suitable for children. Five minutes away from La Foresteria, the Club lies inside an immense park in an ancient pine grove, accessing the beach through sand dunes.The restaurant at La Foresteria, with the Garden Room facing directly onto the vineyards, throws a window open onto the aromas and flavours of the island.
Here the summer celebrates Sicily, producing fruit and vegetables of unusual intensity. The new menu at La Foresteria celebrates the summer’s vigour with much fish, many vegetables and new desserts based on fruit.
The chef Angelo Pumilia has introduced new and interesting summer dishes to the menu. The Parmigiana, a variation on the great summer classic where the aubergine becomes a Parmesan cheese (seasoned for 2 years) ice cream glazed with tomato and aubergine.The Capolata with tenerumi (tender young leaves), an old dish based on a homemade egg pasta (the size of rice grains) and tenerumi with seared courgettes, accompanying raw and cooked seafood. Grilled octopus with cinnamon and oregano, aromatic and spicy. Carbonara of sea urchins to celebrate the sea in its most intense manner. Tagliolini with clams with an almond cream and aromatic crab base. As well as some great classics, such as spaghetti al Kamarino, the cherry tomato produced by the Planeta family not far from Dorilli winery, at Vittoria.
As well as a great selection of fish and shellfish listed as aperitif and on the menu, an abundance of raw fish arrives at La Foresteria together with Sicilian dressings and a selection of Planeta oils, a unique way to taste the freshness of fish caught that day in the bays of Menfi, Sciacca and Mazara del Vallo. The season for ricotta is over, and the classic Sicilian sweets are refreshed by much fruit, ice creams and sorbets. The dessert menu accompanied by the cheese tasting menu offers delicious meal endings; ice cream of Cerasuolo di Vittoria DOCG wine from the Dorilli estate accompanied by an aniseed mousse and a crumbly chocolate biscuit or sage, pineapple and cinnamon ice cream with Etna hazelnut mousse and ‘baci di dama’ (small biscuits) flavoured with sage.Beginning in the second half of August and until September, Planeta will also share with their guests the experience of the grape harvest, with a special offer for a Sicilian holiday devoted to everything to do with wine. Whoever would like to explore the journey of each bunch of grapes from the vineyard to the winery, through an active participation in the harvest, a visit to the Ulmo winery and a tasting of Planeta wines, can do so.

And immediately afterwards comes the olive oil, the Planeta family’s other great passion. Not far from La Foresteria, at Capparrina, the firm cultivates a large olive grove which slopes down the hill towards the beach, with locally traditional varieties protected by the Dop Val di Mazara; Nocellara del Belice, Biancolilla and Cerasuola. This olive oil can also be part of the experience of guests of La Foresteria, who can participate in the harvest of olives, their pressing and tasting the new oil, between October and November.


Monique Chambers

Monique started indulge in 2011 and has since created Indulge Me GIFT and Indulge Me FOOD and volume 1 of The Artists Directory - Malta. A marketing professional by trade, Monique's passion is to promote local talent and Malta in general. Free time is her biggest indulgence, when she can tinker in her craft room or the kitchen, or be selfish with a book, the sofa and good glass of wine (of course, wearing something beautiful and with freshly coiffed hair!)

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