The First Sicilian Restaurant in Nairobi…. Coming soon!

Akinyi's Exclusive Moments

One of the reasons I like what I do is I get to test things well before the product is launched… You can imagine my excitement when I was invited for two separate lunches by Rita who is in the process of setting up the first Sicilian Restaurant in East Africa in early January. There are plenty of decent Italian restaurants in Nairobi like Mediterraneo, Osteria, Salu Maria and Pomodoro (Village Market). However, none of these serve Sicilian food which is what makes Rita’s restaurant so unique.

Sicilian food, unlike your usual Italian cuisine is influenced by hundreds of years of occupation of Sicily by foreign power until 1860 when it became part of the Italian Republic. Before then for 3000 years Sicily was ruled by The Phoenicians, the Greeks, Romans, Goths, Byzantines, Moors, Normans, Swabians, French and Spaniards. Each of these contributing to the rich cuisine in their own way, resulting in a symphony of delicious food the present day Sicilians enjoy.

Back to Rita… She has got be the most passionate individual I have ever come across when it comes to mind blowing food… Here is what she let us indulge in for the first lunch:

For our starter, we had the Veggie and Fish Crumpets. The veggie crumpets were so good, to the point where my meat loving self was tempted to go Vegan πŸ™‚

1. Veggie Crumpet

Our main course was Boscaiola Pappardelle, which is basically pasta with mushroom sauce. I loved this pasta because it was rich, creamy and full of mushrooms, exactly how I like it…

2. Boscaiola Pappardelle

Our first dessert was Panna Cotta Coffee…

3. Panna Cotta Coffee

The second dessert was Tiramisu. I do not have a sweet tooth, hence the reason I would demolish an entire bakery of Rita’s dessert because they are sweet but the taste is not overwhelming.

4. Tiramisu

Exactly one week later, Rita had us over for yet another round of heavenly food. This time round, our starter was Pidoni. These are parcels of a pizza-like dough, stuffed with tomato and mozzarella which are then fried. I must have these again in this lifetime πŸ™‚

5. Pidoni

The main course was Orange Prawns Risotto. It was my first time to have it and words fail to describe the burst of flavors which came alive with the first taste of this dish…

6. Orange Prawns Risotto

The main course was followed by the Calamari Leek Hot Salad. As expected, this was lovely.

7. Calamari Leek Hot Salad

This time round the first dessert was the Chantilly Swan…

8. Chantilly Swan

And the second was the Lemon Eclair. Both desserts were exactly what I expected of Rita, delicious yet not overpoweringly sweet.

9. Lemon Eclair

The Sicilian restaurant is not yet officially open and is in the process of a transition by Ai Saracini Ltd, Rita’s company. However, if you wish to sample Rita’s amazing Sicilian food, call her and arrange for lunch/dinner in advance on +254705338009. She can also arrange for desserts and cakes. Now I know who to blame for my holiday weight gain this festive season πŸ™‚


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