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“A complete surprise!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Il Portico - CLOSED

Il Portico
Via Orologio 6, 96010 Palazzolo Acreide, Sicily, Italy
+39 (0)931881532
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Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
London, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“A complete surprise!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012

We detoured to Palazzolo Acreide to see the Baroque churches etc, and as it was lunch-time, and we love slow food, searched for and happily found Il Portico.

We were the only people there, which in October in Sicily doesn't seem unusual. The food was impressive and freshly prepared, the service delightful and the restaurant elegant. While I don't understand how the economics of staying open for so few guests works I am very happy that they do!

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
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English first
Munich, Germany
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175 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
“Great food, friendly service”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2012

We were expecting much more after reading the reviews. The food was very good - try the tuna steak! - but the restaurant was empty, and this was 9 pm in the middle of July! Even though we were quite a large group, eating in an empty room is a bit offputting. The restaurant was also quite stuffy. The service was friendly, but one order was misunderstood and had to be served later than the rest.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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turacchia, Proprietario at Il Portico, responded to this review, July 23, 2012
Dear sir, thank you for your review.
I can understand the importance of the athmosphere, and a crowded room it is maybe warmer the an empty one, but your dinner was during the week and Palazzolo is a small town of about 7000 people.
We are sorry for the misunderstanding with the order, maybe due to language issues.
By the way, we are happy that you enjoied our friendly service and our food.
best regards
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Winchester, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“An unexpected gem in Palazzolo Acreide.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2012

This owner chef is extremely talented and the whole dining experience was so good that we came back again two days later. Delicious food, imaginatively presented served in beautiful surroundings with excellent wines to complement. All very reasonably priced. Locally caught fish was what we wanted and we were amazed at the choice and variety of dishes on offer. We also sampled a pork dish which was very tender and tasty. The only problem was that we were too full to try the puddings! Thoroughly recommended.

  • Visited June 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Washington, DC
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145 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“Lovely, original, inventive”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2011

Pleasure: A long afternoon with wonderful food in an elegant room, good wine choices, all in this little town in few guide books.

  • Visited September 2011
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Brussels, Belgium
1 review
“Superb location, excellent food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2011

it was just the two of us in this old, nobiliar palace, dining with exquisite food with local ingredients. Extremely recommended.

  • Visited August 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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