My personal highlight: Talking my native language, gesticulating with hands and eating Spaghetti Vongole together at one table with the hearty staff
4 Leoni Siracusa is a place where you learn about Sicilian food traditions. This is how Sybille’s father Stefano explains to me the philosophy of their restaurants in Zurich close to Helvetiaplatz. His daughter Sybille runs this place with a lovely team of Sicilians guys that welcome every guest with a charming smile.
The ambience throws you back to a port in southern Italy, this is how it should be. A bit of kitch is absolutely welcome here, it makes the ambience authentic and cozy.
Sicily is world famous for its fish specialities. At 4 Leoni Siracusa you can find fish rarities as the Ricciola fish and butter tender scarlett shrimps beside classical fish sorts as sea bass, tuna or scallops. Their fish glass case is unique in town. It’s heartwarming observing the Chef preparing the glass case with the delicacies and presenting the fish offer as trophies to the guests. The fish, seasonal fruits, vegetables and other Italian ingredients are imported from Sicily and prepared with the typical mediterranean touch.
Find dishes for lunch as the Insalata di mare or a grilled sword fish with potatoes (both under 30 CHF). Coffee and water included.
For the evening choose a 5 or 8 course menu or à la carte and get what Chef Antonio recommends. The right Italian wine choice is available, too. Beer lovers try some local Sicilian brands.
The must try is the Gran Piatto di mare (for 2 people). This plate gives the best introduction of Siracusa Fish. Get some row, cooked and marinated fish and a variation of tartars.
The traditional dish of the house are Spaghetti Vongole aromatized with Cedro lemons, fresh parsley, white wine and garlic. Cedro is a typical Sicilian lemon with a thick sweet skin.
An other must try in my opinion is the frittura mista. Here you get deep fried shrimps, calamari and small red fried fishes with a very genuin mediterranean spicy touch.
As a dessert take the Cannolo Siciliano. It comes in the shape of a shell, filled with a ricotta cream, decorated with candied sweet fruits, something very Sicilian. The coffee is served with the typical Italian Moka, black and strong, a Sicilian brand, too.
Beside the 4 Leoni Siracusa the family runs the 4 Leoni Firenze, which focuses on Tuscan cuisine. More projects are in the pipeline I have been informed. This means that Zurich will be introduced to a food heritage of more Italian regions, soon!
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