Seafood restaurants, pizzerias and bar-caffè-gelaterias abound along Via Savoia and Via Duca degli Abruzzi, with most concentrated in the five blocks closest to the beach.

CousCous Fest

Couscous (or cuscus), the region's beloved local dish cooked up with gusto all over the gulf and in nearby Trapani, is the delicious focus of CousCousFest, a six-day multicultural festival filling small-town San Vito Lo Capo with international chefs and foodies for one week in September. Food stands inviting festival goers to taste dozens of different couscous recipes from western Sicily, North Africa and the Mediterranean pop up on the beach and in town. Greek moussaka and Moroccan tajine tempt taste buds alongside homegrown casarecce alla trapanese (type of short pasta laced with Trapani pesto), cassatella Siciliana (ricotta and candied fruit flan with biscuit flan and pea-green marzipan icing) and a rainbow of other sweet Sicilian pastries.

Live cooking shows and music concerts fill the stage most evenings and the festival climaxes with – roll drum – the Couscous World Championships starring couscous chefs from 10 countries. Tickets (€15 to €25) are sold to be part of the tasting jury for the semi-finals or finals. Otherwise, throughout the week a 'tasting ticket' (€10) gives you access to dozens of different tasting stands on the beach and around town; buy in advance online or at kiosks in situ during the fest.