I am a chef visiting Italy to eat. I came to Palermo to eat fish, and Da Spanò surpassed my expectations. Classic Sicilian preparations with a delicate touch, elegantly presented but not over-dressed. Fish is sourced from the Capo Mercato a few feet away, and couldn't be fresher. Many of the dishes are from the classic Sicilian repertoire, polpetini di sarde, swordfish involtini, stuffed calamari, etc., but prepared with a fresh perspective and attention to detail.
Service was friendly and welcoming. I felt like I belonged even as an obvious tourist. No pretension, no pandering to tourists, just graceful, generous treatment.
Lovely selection of Sicilian wines.
Somehow I was lucky enough to have rented an apartment on airbnb one block from Da Spano. Many restaurants in Palermo are touristy, trashy, overpriced, overrated, or chaotic. Da Spano was just great good, reasonably priced, comfortably environment, warm service.
Big thanks to Sergio and Angela for the excellent meals.
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