Our first day in Sicily, staying in east Palermo, we asked a young man in a store we'd stopped to shop in where we could have dinner nearby without being surrounded by tourists groups. We asked him to send us to a place the locals ate and since it was a warm night, preferrably outside.
He sent us to what we refer to as the " San Francesco".
By day it is a great place to pop into for a quick lunch and smaller portions of alot of dishes you pay much more for when dining in the courtyard at night.
Everyone eats in their cafeteria. Young, European backpackers, moms and kids, local workers and a few older tourists. You just grab a seat and eat with whoever is at that table or bench.
In the evening there are tents set up to keep out the rain, white tablecloths and a good wine list.
They make great pizza. Our favorite has spicy sausage. We also love the rice balls, with a delicious bolognese in the center and the melanzane
The cafeteria prices are very cheap and the restaurant food and wine are all reasonable.
The waiters are charming and fairly efficient and no matter how busy it gets the you never feel rushed.
It is located in a square in the old section and being there you really know you are in an ancient city.
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