We had dinner at this tiny local restaurant, starting with beef tartare, made with chopped celery to give it texture as well as great flavour, with a delicious Gorgonzola sauce. Simple, but delicious. We then had the the sardines palermitana. This was pasta baked with generous quantities of sardines, with pine nuts and raisins in the sauce. The flavours were great, and to us seemed a pasta variant of sarde al beccafico, the famous Sicilian stuffed sardine dish, and a favourite of ours. Both courses had full flavours, simply but perfectly prepared. We finished with a selection of goats cheeses. Also well chosen. The wines by the glass were reasonably priced (between 5 and 8 euros a glass, with bottles from around 20 euros. The wines are (like the food) all from small independent growers. We tried a teroldego from Alto Adige, a valpolicella from the Veneto and a nebbiolo from Piedmont. Each was excellent, and very good quality for the price.
The restaurant is small (ten or eleven tables), in a line opposite the kitchen where the chef cooks behind glass. The two owners run it, and from our perspective they have completely achieved their goal of creating a small local restaurant totally focussed on flavour and excellent, friendly service. All the staff were enthusiastic about the food and giving us an enjoyable dinner. This is not a formal restaurant and it is brightly lit and lively. We had a superb evening and I would recommend it to anyone.
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