Salina Culcasi Paceco Reviews
Restaurant & Salt Museum Aug 02, 2014
Known also as the Trattoria del Sale & Museo del Sale (Salt Restaurant and Salt Museum), the Salina Culcasi is both a restaurant and museum located in the town of Paceco within the province of Trapani, Italy and nearby Marsala. Salt production has been going on in this region of Italy since the ancient times of the Greeks and Romans. The windmills seen here are a Medieval invention, so this kind of production dates to the 15th century when the windmills were used for water management and salt grinding. This type of salt production, relying on evaporation of sea water, was a major industry from the 16th to early 20th century and exported worldwide, but is done on a smaller scale today due to lower demand. This is one of those aesthetic things of sublime quality that the modern world has lost sight of with its fixation on technology and turning a quick dollar. The salt is not entirely dry, and often sold damp. While the purity of salt here can be attested to, there is also the admission that what trace elements there are, give it a special and unique flavor.
Salt that is made here and other places like it are the preferred natural seasoning for fish and seafood couscous, which the region is also famous for. Visiting the salt pans, museum and having dinner here is a local experience to be sought out. The dishes served here have some seasonal changes, and the flavor is definitely something special to taste. There are also the local wines to enjoy with dinner, which have some fame of their own, and of course, the wonderful surrounding scenery to take in before and after dinner. The place takes on different characteristics as day turns to dusk and then to night, with the sun casting its many reflections and changing colors during this transition. It's a popular place, even for the locals, with diners who come here to savor the experience. I've had the pleasure of this experience on several occasions during my trips to Sicily and the scenery at sunset and splendor to satiate ones appetite in sensory ways is something to be experienced with appreciation and joy - Sicilian style!
UPDATE: I have added some photos of the Salt Works Museum rather than make a separate review of that. It's in the back section of salt works building and accessible from the restaurant in the front section. It's not exactly a well organized museum and more like some old stuff lying around, but interesting to look at if curious about how the salt is made and processed. Photos from various years, but it never changes much.
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