To find Caseificio Borderi, the cheese factory deli owned by the Borderi family in the Sicilian town of Ortigia Siracusa, look for the crowd of happy shoppers munching on hand made cheeses at Ortigia Market.
This local institution was on our personalised list of What to See in Siracusa as recommended by our Airbnb host in Ortigia. Little did we know that we were in for an impromptu theatre performance from Andrea, the force behind Caseificio Borderi. He accumulates an audience of hungry customers and curious onlookers, sustaining them with generous cheese tastings and a running commentary in Italian while they watch and wait. More people stop to see what all the fuss is about and the crowd grows.
Andrea Borderi fills sandwiches with individual creativity and lashings of his own deli produce. His creations showcase their range of hand made cheeses and I challenge anyone to leave without an Andrea creation. We came on a mission for a tasty budget lunch of fresh local produce and left happy on both fronts.
For made to order rolls, bypass Andrea and his audience and enter the Deli proper, where bottles of vino, preserves and olives line the walls. This is the place to choose your own sandwich fillings from the quality cheeses, sausage and tubs of marinating vegetables on display.
If you understand Italian please let me know what he is saying in the video.
Siracusa Market is a great place to look for budget meals in Siracusa Italy.
Although the Casieficio is well patronised by tourists, they line up side by side with eager locals. Our luscious roll was the best budget meal we found in Ortigia. Tasting platters can also be ordered and eaten at market tables across the street. We did not try one but they looked delicious.
Make sure you visit Siracusa when in Sicily. It’s one of the most romantic destinations plus it’s affordable and compact.
Siracusa formed part of our 10 Weeks in Europe 2015 trip.
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We covered the distance from Taormina to Siracusa by train.
Car Hire Siracusa Sicily – We hired a car and drove through Sicily to Palermo staying five days in Modica.
One large filled roll, cut into two or three pieces to take away at Caseificio Borderi = 5 Euro.
Tasting Platter eaten at the outside market tables opposite = 10 Euro. Wine available.
Address Via De Bendedicts 4. Orgtigia Mercato.