The #1 Restaurant and #1 Place to Eat in Syracuse, Sicily on Trip Advisor and a favourite among the locals, Caseificio Borderi is probably the best place to eat a panino in the world.
Nestled between Ortigia’s open-air market and adorable cafe’s – usually laden with porting cruise ship passengers – Borderi’s is an unremarkable butcher shop at first glance, but the frequent crowd of people doesn’t lie. The staff puts a new meaning to the title “sandwich artist” (as coined by popular fast-food chain, Subway) with their passion for food and using top-quality ingredients.
Using only the freshest ingredients and made-in-house cheeses, these panini are bursting with a unique combination of flavours. There’s no menu, just mention some ingredients you like and let the experts take it from there.
But the main attraction (somehow) isn’t the flavourful ingredients, but the method of preparation. The owner – a lively older gentleman – makes your panino as if in a theatre performance. It’s a foodie’s dream. He’s exceptionally friendly and full of gusto as you watch him swiftly dice the vegetables and add them to stacks of cheese already sitting on the homemade bread. A drizzle of olive oil here, a sprinkle of lemon juice there – watching it being made is an experience in itself.
While you might definitely have to wait 15 – 20 minutes standing in line, the staff won’t leave you bored. Last time I went, they gave me handfuls of fresh meats, cheeses and even a glass of Processco just standing in line!
More of a deli than a restaurant, the atmosphere is very casual and welcoming, and busy staff are very friendly. Inside you can buy local cheese, deli meats, wine, faboulous cannoli and other local products.
For only €4-5 per sandwich (and one could easily feed two people), Borderi’s is the perfect budget lunch!
Have you ever been to eat here? What was in your sandwich and how was your overall experience?
PS. Coming soon, tips for how to spend a perfect 2 days in the ancient city of Syracuse, Sicily!