Went there last night with my Spanish Class, yes I do see the conflict, Spanish class to an Italian Reataurant. There were about 20 -24 of us. There was a menu at each plate. The usual Christmas fare but also a few Italian choices. I had looked at their menu on line and the dishes I selected were of course not on the offered menu. However a quick chat with the manager and he sorted it with no fuss and allowed me to select from the main menu. I love fish and seafood. I went for the frito misto, it was lovely, large tiger prawns, squid, and mussels in a very good broth along with toasted chiabata. I was even provided witha finger bowl(lovely touch), for main I had triticco de pesche (please excuse any spelling mistakes, I am not Italian) this consisted of a decent portion of swordfish, the same of red mullet, three huge prawns and a serving of the best crumbed squid that I have tasted, when asked for a small dish of garlic mayo was quickly produced (a weakness of mine) the whole dish was well balanced, very well cooked and delicious, it was accompamied by a free side, I chose garlic potatoes(superb) for desert I had my favourite Panacota, however this panacota was totally different because it was in a different class. It was creamier, smoother, thicker than any panacota that I had tasted before accompanied by a good helping of marinated strawberries and other red fruit. All in all it was a superb meal however the big suprise was the price £26.74. I was totally amazed. The staff are bubbly, friendly and knowledgeable, nothing was too much trouble. Well done Scalini's, I will be back soon. Do yourself a favour and try these dishes. By the way the steaks are apparently some of the best to be had in Belfast and the menu is really, very varied.
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