When Odysseus circumnavigated Sicily, as described in Homer's The Odyssey, he gazed in perpetual astonishment at the abundance of the island and its produce. For the modern Odysseus, circumnavigating Cork city, a visit to Dario di Giandomenico’s Sicilian Delights will produce a identical reaction: such a bounty of good things, such a selection of delights, such a cornucopia of deliciousness.
Mr Di Giandomenico has been weaving his spell in Cork city for four years, his cooking underpinned by two defining characteristics: a restless desire to impress and delight his customers, and a personal drive to get better, and better. He accomplishes both. His pasta dishes are beautifully realised, both flavourful and artful. His paninis are a statement of the possibilities of good bread and artisan fillings united in harmony. And it is that harmoniousness that creates the delight in Sicilian Delights, the conjoining of deeply understood culinary culture and culinary technique expressed in the most joyful food. Sicilian Delights has recently opened a second branch in the new Marina Market, a perfect palette for M. Di Giandomenico’s peerless Italian food.