You may not have time in your itinerary to travel to Sicily, but a stop at Siciliainbocca is the next best thing. Not far from St. Peter’s Basilica, this warm and welcoming restaurant transports diners to Italy’s best-known Mediterranean island before they even sit down. Brightly colored ceramics from the Sicilian city of Caltagirone adorn the walls, while the blue and green décor evokes a sun- soaked day at the seaside (a far cry from December’s chilly temperatures). The restaurant specializes in traditional, Sicilian dishes, many seafood-based. Classic recipes include panelle palermitane (fried, chickpea fritters so good it’s impossible to eat just one); salt cod “salad” served with potatoes and oregano; eggplant caponata; paccheri pasta with Bronte pistachio pesto and red shrimp sourced exclusively from the small Sicilian town of Mazara del Vallo; maccaroncelli alla Norma (pasta dressed in a sauce of eggplant tomato, and ricotta cheese); and spaghetti with shellfish, frutti di mare style. Popular second courses range from beef roulades stuffed with breadcrumbs and melted cheese; a sauté of mussels and clams with garlic and parsley; red tuna seared on the grill with a topping of slow-cooked onions, pine nuts, and raisins; anchovies baked with garlic, cherry tomatoes, and wine; and a hearty soup of lobster, prawns, mussels, and shrimp, served with crusty bread for dipping. Conclude your meal on a sweet note with pistachio semifreddo drizzled with a Malvasia wine reduction; crisp, ricotta- filled cannoli; or cassata. The restaurant’s wine list is composed of labels strictly from (you guessed it) Sicily, and the professional and friendly staff led by the Cozzo Certo family guarantees dining here will be smooth sailing.