Marinelli da Vittorio is a pleasant local fish restaurant, on the busy inner ring-road of Rimini. We visited on the last Friday of our holiday, after reading a glowing recommendation in one of Italy's premier food guides. It's a charismatic little place, with lots of character and the proud symbols of its food guide pedigree on display. I wasn't feeling too good that evening, so please make allowances for that.
As we had eaten fish for most of our stay in Rimini, I decided to have Prosciutto to start. It was up to scratch but you would expect nothing less.
For the main course, I had the seafood risotto, which was extremely good. Risotto rice with just the right amount of bite, in a rich tomato and seafood sauce, dotted with bits of fish and shellfish. My wife chose the tagliolini allo scoglio, which in hindsight was a mistake. Please don't misunderstand me, this was a very good dish indeed but for our tastes, nothing could beat the scoglio we had on the first day in Rimini. Here the seafood itself was allowed to dominate the flavours and the sweet tomato content was absent. We prefer a tomato based version but that's only personal choice. This was a very good pasta dish, very well prepared.
Service was very warm and friendly. We had a bottle of Pignoletto frizzante and finished the meal with coffee. At a total cost of €54, it represented extremely good value for money.
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