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Trattoria Biondo

Pizza   0.18 miles from Hotel Principe di Villafranca 82 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Situated near the Teatro Politeama, this simple, welcoming trattoria serves delicious, regional specialities with a good choice of fish. Mushroom based dishes available in season. — Michelin Guide

Where else can you find a pizzeria where the pizzas are so good the waiters actually talk you out of having a starter? This long-time establishment in town keeps the clientele coming... — Frommer's

The lasagne al forno at this traditional local restaurant, on a convenient block near Politeama, is anything less than the best in Sicily. — Fodor's

An animated crowd fills the sidewalk tables every night for some of Palermo’s finest pizza. — Lonely Planet

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Cucina Papoff

Italian   0.29 miles from Hotel Principe di Villafranca 75 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Celebrate all things surf at Cucina Papoff, where stone walls, grand arched doorways and carved wooden ceilings set an elegant mood for seafood feasts. Dishes burst with flavour, whether... — Lonely Planet

With a name like "Papoff's Kitchen," you'll think you've landed in Bulgaria. The restaurant is named for its Bulgarian founder, but this friendly little trattoria actually serves some of... — Frommer's

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Bellotero Ristorante

Fast Food   0.31 miles from Hotel Principe di Villafranca 75 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Lying in Palermo's new town, this is one of the most traditional of all Sicilian restaurants. The 10-table restaurant draws mainly Palermo foodies, who feast on such dishes as fresh fish... — Frommer's

Occupying the basement of a palazzo, this restaurant features contemporary works of art on its walls, while its cuisine includes Sicily's most famous meat and fish dishes. Minor... — Michelin Guide

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Ristorante Cin Cin

Italian   0.33 miles from Hotel Principe di Villafranca 76 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

One of the culinary treasures of Palermo, this is a favorite spot with locals. Behind an unpretentious facade, it's reached by going down a flight of steps off Via Libertà, near Piazza... — Frommer's

Though Vincenzo Clemente, the Sicilian-born owner of this charming restaurant not far from Palermo's main shopping street, Via Liberta, lived in Louisiana for 20 years, you won't find a... — Fodor's

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Lo Scudiero

Italian   0.34 miles from Hotel Principe di Villafranca 76 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Set directly across the busy street from the Teatro Politeama Garibaldi, this cozy restaurant and brasserie (its name translates as "The Shield Bearer") is not to be confused with the... — Frommer's

Attentive and courteous staff efficiently run this elegant restaurant in the town centre, always highly esteemed by a local clientele. A lively setting where you can enjoy fresh fish and... — Michelin Guide

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Antico Caffe Spinnato

Cafés   0.41 miles from Hotel Principe di Villafranca 76 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Established in 1860, this is the most opulent cafe in its neighborhood. Set on a quiet, pedestrian-only street, it's the focal point for residents of the surrounding Via Libertà... — Frommer's

At this sophisticated cafe dating back to 1860, Palermitans throng the sidewalk tables daily to enjoy afternoon piano music, coffee, cocktails, ice cream, sumptuous cakes and snacks. — Lonely Planet

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Trattoria Piccolo Napoli

Italian   0.44 miles from Hotel Principe di Villafranca 76 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Known throughout Palermo for its fresh seafood, this bustling eatery is another hotspot for serious foodies. Nibble on toothsome sesame bread and plump olives while perusing the menu for... — Lonely Planet

Founded in 1951, this is one of Old Palermo's most esteemed seafood eateries. Locals come at midday to feast on the freshest of fish. You can begin with a memorable buffet featuring baby... — Fodor's

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Ferro di Cavallo

Italian   0.93 miles from Hotel Principe di Villafranca 80 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Tables line the footpath and caricatures of the owners beam down from bright-red walls at this bustling family-run trattoria, in business since 1944. While some locals claim that... — Lonely Planet

Bright red walls seem to rev up the energy to high levels in this ever-busy favorite, but the buzz is really about the good, plain food served at very reasonable prices. There’s a menu,... — Frommer's

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Zia Pina

Seafood   0.99 miles from Hotel Principe di Villafranca 76 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

You might risk passing this place up, or avoid it altogether, as the derelict, unsavory surroundings are very off-putting. But what looks like someone's outdoor kitchen is actually one... — Frommer's

Tucked under a red-and-white-striped awning on a Vucciria backstreet, this highly informal eatery is run by elderly Aunt Pina and a bevy of her brothers. There's no fixed menu, but... — Lonely Planet

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Trattoria Il Maestro del Brodo

Cafés   1.0 miles from Hotel Principe di Villafranca 75 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This no-frills trattoria in the Vucciria offers delicious soups, an array of ultrafresh seafood and a sensational antipasto buffet featuring a dozen-plus homemade delicacies: sarde a... — Lonely Planet

What, 25 years ago, used to be just a mess hall serving up potfuls of boiled veal to the hungry working multitudes has come a long, long way. Never budging from the original location at... — Frommer's

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Gagini Restaurant

  1.01 miles from Hotel Principe di Villafranca 72 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Expect sharp professionals and serious gastronomes at Gagini's rustic, candlelit tables. In the kitchen is young-gun chef Gioacchino Gaglio, whose passion for season, region and... — Lonely Planet

Situated between the Vucciria and the Cala in the bustling heart of Palermo. This restaurant is modern in its cuisine and presentation, and more rustic in its furnishings and bare-stone... — Michelin Guide

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Casa del Brodo dal Dottore

Italian   1.02 miles from Hotel Principe di Villafranca 75 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

With a setting in two plain rooms on the edge of the now sadly diminished Vucciria market, this century-old institution serves old Sicilian specialties that you might not encounter... — Frommer's

On the edge of the Vucciria is a restaurant that dates to 1890, one of Palermo's oldest. In winter its namesake dish, tortellini in brodo (in beef broth), is the specialty of the house.... — Fodor's

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Nni Franco U' Vastiddaru

  1.08 miles from Hotel Principe di Villafranca 72 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Palermitan street food doesn't get any better or cheaper than the delicious panini (sandwich) hawked from this hole-in-the-wall sandwich shop just off Piazza Marina. Options range from... — Lonely Planet

For a satisfying mid-afternoon snack, seek out one of the city's ubiquitous walk-up counters. Nni Franco U' Vastiddaru is typical, serving classic street food like arancini (stuffed rice... — Afar Magazine

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Pani Ca' Meusa Porta Carbone

  1.08 miles from Hotel Principe di Villafranca 72 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

A civic institution facing Palermo's old fishing port, this joint has been serving its titular calf's spleen sandwich for more than 70 years. The original owner's grandsons produce this... — Fodor's

Some of Palermo's most beloved snacks are hearty street foods, and none is more iconic than pani cà meusa, a sandwich layered with thin slices of fried cow spleen and topped with lemon... — Afar Magazine

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Antica Focacceria San Francesco

Italian   1.1 miles from Hotel Principe di Villafranca 82 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Turn-of-the-20th-century wooden cabinets, marble-top tables, and cast-iron ovens characterize this neighborhood bakery. — Fodor's

Palermo street fare is good anywhere you have it, but it’s especially savory in the atmospheric, marble-floored surroundings of this institution founded in 1834. If you’ve shied away from... — Frommer's

Established in 1834, the Antica Focacceria San Francesco is one of Palermo's oldest bakeries. It's a perfect place to stop in for a mid-afternoon pastry snack or a relaxed meal. — Gayot

In bygone days, the focacceria hosted the first Sicilian parliament and was a favourite haunt of notorious Mafia boss ‘Lucky’ Luciano. — Lonely Planet

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Osteria dei Vespri

  1.17 miles from Hotel Principe di Villafranca 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Run by two brothers who are both food experts and enthusiasts, this small restaurant located in the heart of the old city offers grand, innovative cuisine — Michelin Guide

A few steps from Via Roma, this restaurant lies in what were once the stables of Palazzo Ganci, where the ballroom scene from The Leopard was filmed. A wine tavern and restaurant, it is... — Frommer's

This foodie paradise occupies a cozy-but-elegant space on an unheralded piazza in the historic city center. — Fodor's

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Bar Pasticceria Alba

Cafés   1.27 miles from Hotel Principe di Villafranca 75 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Aficionados insist that the city's best coffee is served at this polished neighbourhood hangout, and they're equally evangelical about Alba's delectable arancine (rice balls). It's about... — Lonely Planet

This bar has been a Palermo institution since 1955. This is the home of the famous regional dessert of candied fruit, marzipan, and sponge cake -- it's a delight if you're not afraid of... — Frommer's

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L'Ottava Nota

  1.3 miles from Hotel Principe di Villafranca 75 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

”New Sicilian” is in full force at the most exciting of the restaurants that have opened in the once derelict Kalsa district in recent years, where the sleek surroundings are the setting... — Frommer's

This is one of those bright, pretty and modern restaurants that are very much in fashion nowadays. The cuisine is strongly linked to the region with fish dishes to the fore presented in... — Michelin Guide

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