By Sharon Wilson
From Monday, September 7, Chef Nico Simeone of Six by Nico presents a six-course tasting menu capturing the tastes, shapes, scents and colours of Sicilian cuisine.
The island's food combines Arab, Greek, French, Spanish and North African influences which, along with a trip to Palermo in 2018, inspired Nico to create a tantalizing tasting menu.
The menu includes Arancini - Cacio é Pepe & Egg Yolk Jam, Red Pepper & Smoked Mozzarella, Spinach & Gorgonzola & Pickled Walnut; Sicilian Lamb - Aubergine Caponata, Olive Tapenade & Lemon gel; Hazelnut Ragu - Saffron Pappardelle & Aged Parmesan; Seabass - Fregola Sarda, Cherry Tomato Puttanesca, Caper Raisin Dressing & Crispy Cavolo Nero; Porchetta - Salsiccia, Pickled Fennel, Mostarda & Pistachio Crumb.
In a country instilled with a penchant and passion for sweets, it wouldn't be a complete Sicilian menu without an Italian treat. Diners at the restaurant will end their food experience with a Sicilian Lemon Tart - Basil Sablé, Creme fraiche Sorbet, Red Wine Gel, Crystallised Pine nut & Rosemary.
Chef Nico Simeone said:
"In 2018 our team spent time on the Italian island soaking up the scenery and tasting some of the best food in Europe. Raisins and saffron crop up in the island's most famous dishes and cooking techniques differ from those found on the mainland. As we revisit this theme in 2020 with a brand new 'Sicily' menu for customers old and new, we look forward to showcasing these inspirations with a flavour-filled menu."
"From perfect Porchetta to Arancini, Sicilian food is world-famous, but many will be very surprised by just how varied, and diverse Sicily's cuisine is - it's a veritable melting pot of flavour. Whilst much of it is clearly Italian, some commonly used ingredients clearly stand out, and this is what our guests at Six by Nico will discover on our new menu."
Diners can book a table now for 'Sicily'. Open from midday, Monday through to Sunday, each six-course menu will be available from noon to night. The menu will be priced from £29 per person with the option to enjoy an expertly selected wine pairing for an additional £26 at each restaurant. As ever, there is a vegetarian alternative available for every course, as well as Sicilian inspired snack sides.
To make a reservation and to book now, visit www.sixbynico.co.uk.
'Sicily' will run from Monday, September 7 to Sunday, October 18, 2020, at Six by Nico Glasgow Finnieston, Glasgow Southside and Edinburgh City Centre.