"This is a really, really
good restaurant. Sicily provides the traveller interested in food with many
pleasant places to eat, generally all offering the same 'peasant' dishes.
Cin Cin stands out as doing something different - raising classical Sicilian
cuisine to higher levels of sophistication. The cooking is delicate and
precise, lifting both standard dishes and the usual Sicilian ingredients
to new heights. The meal I had was superb, each dish hitting just the right
note between tradition and innovation, and between vibrancy of flavours
and delicacy of conception and execution. Indeed the cooking did not put
a foot wrong all the way through. The room is unpretentious and rather cosy.
The wine list is comprehensive as to different regions and styles within
Sicily. Charming and attentive service from the owner himself. It was overall
a really great experience. Going to standard restaurants in Siciliy is great
but after a while, the similarity of most menus starts to pall a bit.
When you need something more interesting and more refined, come here for
carefully thought-through neo-Sicilian cuisine, served in a nice ambience.
Indeed, the cooking was good enough to draw me back - from the UK - to Sicily
in general, and to Cin Cin in particular, in the very near future. In one
A delightful, serendipitous surprise
we were turned away from another well known restaurant around the corner (no
reservation) we stumbled upon Ristorante Cin Cin and were so happy our evening
unfolded that way. Owner Vicenzo Clemente was very helpful - and speaks excellent
English having spent his early years in the American South. The atmosphere
was inviting, serene enough to have conversation without yelling, and the
food was excellent. We all enjoyed every dish. Excellent service, very friendly,
Good food, great service
"The food here was
very tasty. I had the sword fish rolls which were good. My wife had the gnocchi
with a gorgonzola cream sauce which I thought was light compared to most.
The service is great. The owner lived in Louisiana for years and speaks
perfect English. He is also very knowledgeable about food and wines. The
place doesn't seat many people at once so you get a lot of attention. It
was not too crowded when we ate around 9 so it was very quiet - which may
make some uncomfortable. However, I found chatting with the owner enjoyable.
Overall I would definitely go back!"
Grande finale of our Sicilian holiday
"Inspired by the reviews by other
travellers we ventured to Cin Cin on the last evening of our two weeks in Sicily. What a wonderful experience! Subtle
and refined cuisine, expert advice by the owner, great choice of wine, and a bill that didn't necessitate a raid on our
savings. A very different experience from all the other enjoyable - but more touristy - meals we had in Sicily. A must for
every visitor in search of refinement."
Best experience in Palermo...
"I never fully trust all
the reviews I read, however I wish I had checked it before arriving in Palermo. We are a family of 4 and
have lived in Sicily for nearly 7 years and have travelled all over Italy. This restaurant is one of the best
we have visited and our experience at Cin Cin is unrivaled. The food while not traditional is local and based on
those traditional dishes. Our first impression was a French influence, however after speaking with Vince we realized
the Creole influence. We absolutely loved the food, location, ambience and the service. It was fine dining without
the pompous attitude and inflated bill that is so common in tourist areas. Considering another trip to
Palermo just to visit Cin Cin."
"Vincenzo Clemente and his mother operate Cin Cin
Ristorante and don't disappoint. Our experience surpassed our expectations. The innovative dishes are a
modern version of Sicilian cuisine and are prepared with the freshest ingredients. Vincenzo's friendly
personality, the warm and cozy atmosphere and the great food and wine contributed to make our evening at
Cin Cin a memorable one. Customers who don't speak Italian may also appreciate the fact that Vincenzo
speaks perfect english. This restaurant is excellent and we highly recommend it."
Best Time We Had In Palermo!
"My wife and I just returned
from a fantastic trip in Italy. The highlight of the entire trip was our morning/afternoon spent with Vincenzo
and the cooking class. He met us early to
take us through the markets and pick out what we would be making. He showed us things that we would have never
found on our own and introduced us to several local dishes, only found in the market. After that, it was off
to Cin Cin for a great afternoon of cooking and great company. If you are in Palermo, do not miss this opportunity!"
Great Food. Great Service. Great Owner
to go to this restaurant after reading a Frommer's review, and the proximity
to our hotel. The owner, an LSU grad, was most accommodating and friendly.
The Pasta con Sarde (a sicilian specialty) was absolutely the best I had
in all of Sicily. Don't forget to try the mozzarella with strawberry preserves."