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“Top Slow Food restaurant. Excellent in any aspect.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Antica Focacceria di San Francesco

Antica Focacceria di San Francesco
Via Alessandro Paternostro 58, Palermo, Sicily, Italy (Tribunali)
091 32 02 64
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Ranked #437 of 1,077 restaurants in Palermo
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Delivery, Buffet, Late Night, Dessert
Neighborhood: Tribunali
Montebelluna, Veneto, Italy
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7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Top Slow Food restaurant. Excellent in any aspect.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2013

Extremely selected ingredients. Great location. There are actually two sections: a Restaurant and a Street food area. We went for the Restaurant and everything was GREAT. We tasted sea food and traditional cousine, deserts and bottled sicilian red wine.

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London, United Kingdom
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156 helpful votes 156 helpful votes
“In every single guide book in every language”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

There is a waitress service terrace in the square which serves a standard menu and the cafeteria shop which specialises in street food. We chose the first option and had a very good mixed plate with a portion of each of their specialties including a little roll with spleen stew (excellent), a very average caponata, and an average spaghetti norma. As you might expect it is almost entirely patronised by tourists. Nothing wrong with that but don't assume that you are eating at a typical local cafe.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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“Practical and functional”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

Has a novelty value - established in 1834 and took a stand against the mafia requiring a police guard until quite recently.
What can you expect from a fast food place that reminded me of Londons' old pie and mash shops ?
23E for caponata, beccaficce, bread and wine for 2 - fair neough

  • Visited October 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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“Excellent if you are not in a hurry”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

This place is excellent if you are prepared and not in a hurry. Now that we know the process, I hope I can help others navigate this place. Once you find it, that is - it's down a side street and you think you are lost until you smell the food and hear kitchen noises. Tip one - it's packed with locals, which is a very good sign but can make it difficult to figure out what you are supposed to be doing when everyone else has been there many times. You get in line up to the cashier and let the cashier know what you want to order - you can go and look in the cases first, but unless you speak Italian, good luck. Best to print the menu in English and bring that with you - it's available on their website. Tip two - one of you order the food and the other order the drinks - because you have to bring your receipt to two different places to get each of those things. Two receipts makes it easier and quicker. Tip three - if you have more than two in your party, send one outside to get a table because they are difficult to secure.
All that said, the Arancini (rice balls) are fantastic, and so was everything we tried. You also get a lot of food for your money, which makes it a good value. One order of croquettes is plenty for 2. You can definitely get a varied taste of traditional local cuisine. I would definitely go back here if I am ever back in Palermo. It might be less crowded on a different day - we were there on a Sunday and most everything else is closed, so I would guess it's very popular on Sundays.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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“Stay Away”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013 via mobile

What can I say - didn't finish what I ordered because it tasted off. Got sick 12 hours later. Food poisoning from food left hours at tepid temperatures then re-heated. Only myself to blame because I could see the food storage conditions were an accident waiting to happen and then could see the food tasted off when I ate it. I ate only a bit of what I ordered, but enough to cause the gastric fun and games a classic salmonella-fed 12 hour delay later. I highly recommend leaving this place alone - they won't serve you willingly anyway.

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