OUR PHILOSOPHY

Our philosophy is very simple: Making the Sicilian slow food experience accessible to the fast-paced city of London. We’re used to running from one place to the other, from one meeting to the next, forgetting at times to take time to enjoy our food, our friends and our lives. Sicilia Mia is a place where time stops and food takes you back to when everything was simple, made with local ingredients and focused on quality and flavour. The emphasis is on locally caught fish from the strait of Messina, meat sourced from small producers in the Sicilian countryside and vegetables grown in the fertile, sun-baked soils of the Mediterranean island. We’re proud of this Sicily of ours and we want to share it with you – that’s why we called it Sicilia Mia.

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OUR PRODUCTS

Most of our freshly caught fish comes from the strait of Messina, where the intense currents and water chemistry create a uniquely rich and diverse marine ecosystem. The straight is an important point of migration for many species, ranging from to sardines to tuna, spearfish, swordfish and even whales (which, of course, are not on the menu at Sicilia Mia). Swordfish is still caught here using ancient methods dating back millennia, where fish are given chase in narrow boats called fellughe, harpooned and pulled into the boat.

Our meat comes from local farmers who raise animals in freedom to roam. Pork comes from pigs raised in the mountains along the north coast, famous for the Sicilian Black Swine. Beef and chicken are also locally grown and are well known for being lean and tender.

Famous cheeses are brought in from Sicily too, such as fresh ricotta used to fill cannoli on demand or smoked ricotta, shaved on typical Sicilian Norma pasta, made with tomato sauce, fried aubergines and basil – a mouth-watering delicacy even by Italian Standards.

Desserts are also made on the island with local ingredients by a top confectionary laboratory and imported on a weekly basis – so don’t forget to finish off your meal with one because they don’t last long before they’re gone!

OUR PRODUCTS

Most of our freshly caught fish comes from the strait of Messina, where the intense currents and water chemistry create a uniquely rich and diverse marine ecosystem. The straight is an important point of migration for many species, ranging from to sardines to tuna, spearfish, swordfish and even whales (which, of course, are not on the menu at Sicilia Mia). Swordfish is still caught here using ancient methods dating back millennia, where fish are given chase in narrow boats called fellughe, harpooned and pulled into the boat.

Our meat comes from local farmers who raise animals in freedom to roam. Pork comes from pigs raised in the mountains along the north coast, famous for the Sicilian Black Swine. Beef and chicken are also locally grown and are well known for being lean and tender.

Famous cheeses are brought in from Sicily too, such as fresh ricotta used to fill cannoli on demand or smoked ricotta, shaved on typical Sicilian Norma pasta, made with tomato sauce, fried aubergines and basil – a mouth-watering delicacy even by Italian Standards.

Desserts are also made on the island with local ingredients by a top confectionary laboratory and imported on a weekly basis – so don’t forget to finish off your meal with one because they don’t last long before they’re gone!

OUR CHEF(S)

Our head Chef, native Sicilian Giovanni Armaleo (right) has spent over thirty years in the restaurant business between some of the most prestigious establishments in Sicily and the minor Aeolian Islands, such as Panarea, before moving to London to work in restaurants such as Cacciari’s in Earls Court and Guste REMO in Notting Hill. Now running the kitchen at Sicilia Mia, his specialty is freshly-made, on demand pasta.

“What I value most is the expressivity that comes with cooking. Expressivity and a high level of creativity turn preparing food into a passion rather than a job. In addition to this, being able to work with fresh, genuine products coming from my home land makes me extremely happy and proud.

Our Pizza Chef, Cristinel (left) is the one responsible for ensuring our pizzas are crafted to perfection according to Neapolitan traditions. Our dough is thin, airy and light, obtained through a slow rise process.  The mozzarella comes directly from the Campania region, Italy’s most famous for both traditional and Buffalo mozzarella. The sauce is made from San Marzano tomatoes for a perfect, genuine taste.

THE RESTAURANT STYLE

Our new home is an expression of our land, Sicily. “Black Stone Red Fire” stands to represent the black volcanic rock coming from Europe’s highest active volcano, Sicily’s Mount Etna and its “red fire” – the lava constantly being thrown into the air by the volcano’s mouth. This is represented in the restaurant’s choice of colours, with black used throughout alongside shades of fiery copper, representing the volcano’s heat and lava. The signature design is the brainchild of the Meschi Design, an emerging Italian architectural design studio.

Desserts are also made on the island with local ingredients by a top confectionary laboratory and imported on a weekly basis – so don’t forget to finish off your meal with one because they don’t last long before they’re gone!

THE PEOPLE BEHIND THE RESTAURANT

Meet Giovanni (centre), serial entrepreneur and passionate restaurateur. He comes from a long experience (30+ years) of running some of the best restaurants and pizzerias between the Sicilian towns of Messina and Taormina. Having shared his passion with tens of thousands of customers in Sicily, he’s now determined to bring the genuine slow food experience to London. For his new home he chose the famously cosmopolitan neighbourhood of Notting Hill. In his own words, Sicilia Mia is designed to be “a homely oasis where people come to unwind, slow down from their busy lives and enjoy some of the best, heartiest Mediterranean food available, made from genuine ingredients – just like my grandma used to make”.

Sicilia Mia

Black Stone Red Fire
  • Restaurant
  • Pizzeria
  • Grill

Sicilia Mia is an Italian restaurant, pizzeria and grill bringing authentic Sicilian cuisine into the heart of Notting Hill. Authentic Sicilian products and ingredient are brought in every week and turned into exceptionally fresh and tasty dishes by our head chef