I had lunch at Al Barattolo simply because I was looking for a different restaurant instead of eating at my list of standards in Trieste. Al Barattolo is located along the canal, close to St. Antonio's church. Outdoor dining along the canal is available, but I was here on a cold, windy (Bora) day in late October.
Al Barattolo was packed with customers at the lunch hour, mostly business men and women from the area. Tables were close to one another and I had to squeeze into my chair, careful not to disturb the couple at the next table. The locale is nicely decorated, well illuminated and not too noisy, despite the crowd. The paper placemat on top of a tablecloth didn't seem right to me. Service was very attentive and waiting times between courses were normal. The breadbasket contained an assortment of various focaccia's and homemade, pizza dough rolls.
I started with the Caprese Salad with Fresh Bufala Mozzarella. The Bufala was fresh and accompanied by cherry tomatoes, black olives, fresh basil leaves and a sprinkling of oregano. I followed this with a pasta course, Rigatoni Chiodo. Rigatoni pasta in a creamy tomato sauce with assorted mushrooms and sausage. While the pasta was cooked correctly, "al dente," the consistency of the sauce was unappealing and lacked in flavor. I concluded my meal with a cafe.
The above, plus a 1/4 liter of house wine and a bottle of water cost 25.00 Euro. I don't plan on returning to Al Barattolo, as the dining experience was just average.
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