Restaurant “Il Consiglio di Sicilia” means recommendations of Sicily

Sicily (Donnalucata) – What a great recommendation in this tiny Sicilian town. We were 10 people and sat on the beautiful terrace outside. The food was delicious, staff very friendly and helpful finding the right dish for everyone. The food is all regional products from farmers.

Before lunch we walked through the town and found the (tiny as well) fish market, consisting of about 4 stalls. But here counts quality and not quantity obviously.

We also tried the dessert the “Cannolo” pastry with ricotta filling which was also featured in the Washington Post and voted one of the best in Sicily.

Vota Vota – Italian gourmet by the sea (temporary)

Sicily (Sampieri) – We rented a villa in Sicily with some friends. As many of them are quite good cooks we only went out dining a few times.

Vota Vota was really a highlight: Not only the scenery directly at the beach, but also the food was just delicious! You can order a set menu or a la carte. As we were in Sicily in May it was not very full but I believe the whole space with bar outside can be packed with people in summer.

Pizzeria Etienne – Est-que vous parlez français?

Marseille – After seafood, fish and haute cuisine, we were really looking for a simple pizza. And we found it at Pizzeria Etienne.

The place is a little crazy and you better learn some French before going in there.

At first we were shooed to wait  in a corner with a few other people. The waiters were  stressed because the place was very crowded.
While waiting to be seated we figured out that there were only two types of pizza…with or without cheese. Eventually, one of the waiters asked us: Est-ce que vous parlez français? As my friend lived in Montréal for some time and every Swiss speaks some ok French we nodded in approval and were finally guided us to a table and threw the menu cards at us. Had we denied his question, I reckon we’d still be waiting in that corner today.

We ordered the pizzas…one with and one without cheese with a bottle of rosé wine.

IT WAS DELICIOUS. As the evening passed on, the waiters relaxed and turned into the friendliest people in town.


Address: 43 Rue Lorette, 13002 Marseille

no, there is still no Website :-), don’t try to book a table, its worthless, just go very early or late after 10pm.


Elisaburg – Medeterranean food in the heart of “Zurich Wiedikon”

Zurich – Last week I went for dinner with my brother. Elisaburg is located close to Bahnhof Wiedikon, in the centre of Wiedikon.

Last time I have been to Elisaburg must be at least 6 years ago, so I can’t remember to much – except that I liked it a lot.

The atmosphere in the small room is very warm and welcoming – like you were in some friend’s house invited for dinner. It is very relaxed and the staff very friendly and attentive.

The food is mainly Mediterranean: a lot of sea food, pasta, meat and a loads of tasty wines at reasonable prices.


Zum See – gourmet deja vu in the Alps

Zermatt – This restaurant is probably the one I have eaten most when in Zermatt. Also it is really one of my favourites in the World.

Zum See Zermatt

Why? First class view with the Matterhorn, best tuna carpaccio, best sweetbread with salad or pasta and biggest and best “Cremeschnitte” (see pic) in the world.

Book your table in advance! You reach the little restaurant either directly from the slopes or after a short hike up the hill from Zermatt (about 40 minutes). It is great in Summer and Winter time but check opening times.

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Zum See

Capolinea – Another good Italian in Pfaeffikon

Pfaeffikon – Is there enough space for another Italian restaurant in Pfaeffikon? Some days ago I went with my friend for a casual dinner to Capolinea. The place was reopened (totally redone interior etc.) about 4 months ago.

The food was excellent and what you expect from an Italian restaurant: Nice apero platter with different meats and cheese, wonderful pasta dishes but also some local fish.

Prices are fair and I will definitively go again.

Da Michelangelo – Still one of the best pizza in Zurich!

Zurich – Are you up for a really good pizza or a simple pasta dish in a relaxed atmosphere? Then you should go to “da Michelangelo”. This family-friendly restaurant is serving authentic Italian food and has been a popular address in “Kreis 3” for many, many years.

Yesterday, I finally visited the restaurant again after some 6 or 7 years. I was amazed that the restaurant pretty much still looked the same, except that they replaced the cold neon light with a nice ambient style warm lighting.

The pizza I had was as delicious as I remembered it and the food of my friends also looked great and was very tasty.

The restaurant was packed with people when we left and I can’t wait for my next visit.

Trattoria Masuelli San Marco since 1921

Milan – Do you know the feeling when you are invited for a family dinner? Now imagine you visit your relatives in Italy. If you like this feeling that your relatives cook you dinner and you just sit in the living room with a lot of different people – then you should go to Trattoria Masuelli. The nonno (granddad in Italian) and owner himself comes to your table to tell you about all the mouthwatering dishes – you will not have a problem to find something you like, but a problem to choose from the temptations.

The restaurant is very traditional and exists since many years in Milan. You can feel and see the history in the rooms with the high ceilings and picture frames on the walls.

I recommend the pasta as a first course and then the veal “Milanesa” (breaded veal chop; some might know it better as “Wiener Schnitzel” but I was told, the Milanesa was created before the Schnitzel) or taste the Saffron Risotto.

Unfortunately I forgot to take a picture from the Milanesa….I had wolfed it down already when I remembered…

We felt great and nicely fed after dinner – I would go again any time when in Milan.