Greet the sunset like a true Sicilian, with swoon-worthy Italian bites and plenty of vino.
While Cacio e Vino tends to draw crowds of actual Italians, what's happening here isn't just great Italian food. This is great Sicilian food, curated and crafted by natives who know the difference. Now, in addition to their robust dinner menu, owners Alessandro Ancona and Giusto Priola have pulled together a selection of traditional Sicilian small plates and wines available right when you knock off work. If you've never had the specialities of this southern Italian region (or, say, if you're not entirely sure whether you've had the pleasure), it's time to head to happy hour at Cacio e Vino for a little Sicily 101. Give everything you taste your undivided attention: this will all be on the test.
Now that it's heating up outside, Cacio e Vino has its front windows peeled away entirely, allowing the restaurant's charm and conviviality to spill out to the street. Walking past, you'll feel a magnetic pull towards its wooden tables and rich red walls, made even more inviting by flickering candlelight and the glow of a wood-burning brick oven. Don't resist the urge: crossing the threshold of Cacio e Vino puts you one step closer to Sicilian bites like tartara di tonno (tuna tartar with carrot juice granita), polpettine di panelle (chickpea fritters with goat cheese), and a tangy salad of oranges and pineapples in balsamic reduction. In fact, to make sure you get the best of this brilliant new menu, we're setting you up with any three small plates of your choice, along with any two wines that are available by the glass. You can share it all, or settle in by yourself and simply unwind solo. The Sicilians would never judge. They're cool like that.