About us

Esterno ristorante Darsena
View on the Darsena

The DARSENA is the pulsing heart of Siracusa, a seaside town, where old boats, sailing ships and fishing boats took refuge, returning after a long and tiring work at sea. After unloading their goods, the sailors took refuge in the old inns that overlooked the dock. In these places of meeting and refreshment, seafarers of any nationality with same interests met each other and intertwined trade relations.

Our story begins back in 1965

In the beautiful dock of Siracusa, unique in its kind, divided by the famous Umbertino Bridge, opened in 1965 the "Osteria-Trattoria la DARSENA da Ianuzzo". Its owner, Ianuzzo, immediately started its own catering business always serving its customers only fresh fish, cooked according to the traditions of the typical Sicilian cuisine but especially Syracusan. Taking advantage of the discharge of fish from fishing boats, which took place in front of his restaurant, Ianuzzo has always had the best quality of fish. All this meant that the trattoria the "Darsena da Ianuzzo" was always a step ahead of the competition. But the real strength was Don Ianuzzo who, with his splendid smile and his captivating way of welcoming the clientele, immediately putting her at ease, created an atmosphere that made always the client feel like he was in a familiar environment. His restaurant business continued in the following years to establish itself more and more obtaining praises and awards, not only locally but also internationally.

The discovery of a new dish confers more happiness on humanity, than the discovery of a new star. (Anthelme Brillat-Savarin)

In the catering evolution the tavern became a restaurant. During this transformation Don Ianuzzo continued his activity with sagacity and determination, collaborating in the following years with his son Gaetano, who in the meantime became executive chef of the restaurant. The kitchen of our executive chef Gaetano is inspired by the wisdom and experience that his father, during his youth, has transmitted to him. His culinary art is full of innovations and reinterpretations of fish dishes, but trying to keep intact the traditions typical of the Siracusan cuisine.

Ristorante la Darsena veranda

Today, more than half a century later, the "LA DARSENA da IANUZZO" restaurant is one of the best seafood restaurants in the city of Syracuse.
It always expresses the best quality of fish products and continues in the tradition of always dealing with fresh local fish. In the kitchen is a succession of delicacies prepared and created by the volcanic mind of Gaetano who with his genius and creativity makes his kitchen an art. All his dishes are prepared with the utmost care and professionalism. Nothing is left to chance.
The restaurant also offers its customers a wide wine list with prestigious labels. Our executive chef Gaetano is a very attentive and caring person towards the needs of his clientele, puts at his disposal his experience and professionalism, making his restaurant very welcoming and familiar, characteristic remained unchanged in these years.
Our collaborators have been personally selected by our executive chef Gaetano, in fact we avail ourselves only of highly qualified personnel to provide customers with an impeccable service.

Dear guest, if you have not yet come to the “Ristorante la Darsena da Ianuzzo”, we invite you to visit us; to welcome you will find a magical atmosphere, a breathtaking view. Gaetano and all his staff are ready to accompany you on a unique and unforgettable “enorgastronomic journey”.