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Shalai is the 'home' of the Pennisi family, excellent hospitality in Sicily

From the "Dai Pennisi" butcher shop to the Shalai boutique hotel
fifty years of passion, work and successes

The Pennisi family

The Pennisi are a large and tight-knit family that has worked together for more than fifty years to write beautiful pages on the subject of gastronomy, excellence, selection and quality of ingredients, and the art of hospitality.
The head of the family is Saro Pennisi, a flamboyant butcher from Linguaglossa who, with the support of his family, wife, sisters, children and grandchildren, has managed through the decades to create beautiful things and to convey a strong sense of belonging to the new generations, as well as a passion for locally grown products and a knack for hospitality. Saro Pennisi is still is an important point of reference for the family; he oversees the family’s butcher shop, to which the family annexed a restaurant not far from Shalai, which is called Dai Pennisi – Macelleria con cucina (The Pennisi’s: Butcher Shop with Kitchen). Today, the second generations have taken up the management of the family businesses: Luciano Pennisi, Leonardo Pennisi, Maria Concetta Pennisi and Rosario Pennisi, all siblings and cousins. Having been raised together, they are very close and are always looking for new projects, upholding the family traditions and heritage.

Luciano Pennisi

Shalai is the 'home' of the Pennisi family; Luciano Pennisi directs the hotel, while his cousin Leonardo Pennisi manages the restaurant’s dining rooms. Luciano Pennisi interprets Shalai’s vision and strategy in all its nuances, and is always available to answer any question, as every element of Shalai is a part of its history and of the history of the Pennisi family.
Discreet, attentive, always present in the facilities, the Pennisi family is constantly working to ensure that everything is in the right place and that guests feel at the centre of this fantastic world on the slopes of Mount Etna.
Saro e Lina
Maria Concetta Pennisi
Luciano Pennisi
Leonardo Pennisi
Rosario Pennisi
Lucia Papa

The Pennisi family has made Shalai a special place near the volcano Etna

Live the experience of rest, taste, well-being and discover an area full of energy, pampered by a professional and attentive team.

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Discover the energy of Etna, experience the hospitality of a Historic Palace, today a design boutique hotel with a Michelin-star restaurant and private SPA. Get ready to live an experience of pure hospitality and elegance with Shalai. We have prepared exclusive benefits with special offers and packages, which vary in every season of the year. Sicily, in fact, is also unique in terms of temperatures. In the middle of autumn we still breathe summer, in summer we enjoy the mild climate of the high altitudes, in spring nature is a triumph of vitality and in winter there is all the magic of the snow-capped peak of Etna. Get inspired...


Boutique Hotel
with Michelin star 2024

Pennisi S.r.l.
P. IVA: 05269930870
CIR 19087021A400322

Photo Credits:
Stefano Butturini
Paola Licciardello


Via Guglielmo
Marconi, 25 95015
Linguaglossa - CT

For the purposes of the disclosure pursuant to former Article 1 paragraph 125 of Law 124/2017, it is specified that grants and subsidies received in the year 2021 are published in the National Register of State Aid.
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