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“Unofficially good”
Review of Zia Pina

Zia Pina
Ranked #959 of 1,735 Restaurants in Palermo
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Melbourne, Australia
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18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Unofficially good”
Reviewed January 6, 2013

Listed as an 'unofficial' restaurant, this rustic little trattoria style place with indoor & outdoor seating produces some seriously enjoyable food. Help yourself to a selection of antipasti then choose some pasta and fresh grilled seafood. Service is like being at your aunties who likes to drink, so maybe a bit forgetful but always friendly. No serious wine but thats not why you're there. Delicious.

  • Visited January 2013
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Bedoin, France
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91 reviews
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“No frills Sicilian home cooking”
Reviewed November 20, 2012

Zia Pina is in the midst of what we thought would be a bustling market, but la Vucciria is a pale shadow of other markets in Palermo: Ballaro and Capo among others. But no matter as this restaurant creates a bustle all its own. If it's a nice day, arrive early so you can sit outside and watch the show. Inside is less wonderful. There is a generous and interesting array of antipasti (everything is made here), all typical dishes of Sicily. And then a splendid display of fish...all fresh from the market for you to choose to have either fried (whitebait, tiny squid or prawns) or grilled (red mullet, mackerel, swordfish,whole squid, huge prawns, fish I don't know......and/or you can opt to lift the lids of simmering pots to choose a sauce for your pasta. There is no menu, telephone, or dessert as far as I could make out. It's a sort of theatre + restaurant...watching the cooking go on, the fish being delivered, the clients choosing what to eat...all very entertaining and one eats very well.
When the bill comes, it is a total.....seems fair, so you just pay it!!

  • Visited November 2012
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1 Thank nonamama
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Waterloo, Canada
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172 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“Yummy lunch!”
Reviewed November 13, 2012

Stopped in for lunch hoping to go back for dinner (not realizing they weren't open for dinner). Food was great - worth finding the restaurant, for sure! If I was going to be there again, I would have a late big lunch and plan to have a light dinner, and try the fish and the pasta (both).

  • Visited November 2012
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1 Thank suzanne_baal
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Chicago, IL
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“*Exactly what we were looking for in a TRUE Sicilian lunch*”
Reviewed November 12, 2012

We were recommended Zia Pina for lunch by two locals we met at the airport while waiting for our delayed flight into Palermo. We fortunately were staying near the Vucciria neighborhood, and we were only a 10 minute walk from the restaurant. Walking through the rustic neighboorhood leading to the restaurant was half the fun. Everything you imagine Palermo to be, is in this neighborhood. As we finally stumbled upon the restaurant, we were greeted by the friendly owner and ushered to an outdooor table. In a group of 4, we were 3 girls and one guy. I sat at the end of the table, facing the street, and as soon as the owner had laid down our table cloth, he immediately took my purse, which I had hanging on the end of my chair, and moved it to a chair next to my friend who was sitting on the sidewalk side (as to not have it stolen by passerbyers). He promptly brought over a liter of the house wine, and indicated for us to walk to the open air kitchen and make up plates of a buffet of traditional antipasti. We made two plates for our table of stuffed mushrooms and peppers, grilled zucchine and eggplant and seafood galore. For our meals, we all ordered pasta with seafood. There is no menu, as it is a traditional osteria of Sicily. Across the street, a daytime game of cards was being played by locals, as somehting right out of the movies. We only paid 15 euro a person, which included TWO liters of house wine, two bottles of water, an array of antipasti and 4 first courses. I would DEFINITELY reocmmend this restaurant for a lunch that you will never forget in an authentic Palermo setting. I would definitely go back!

  • Visited October 2012
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Thank bambinaxo
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Dublin, Ireland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“I'm a foodie, this was average”
Reviewed October 15, 2012

Average food, not cooked by a 'mama'. The cook is from Bangladesh! Overpriced for level of service and quality of food. Make sure to ask price before you order - there is no written menu.
They tried to charge me 25 euro for antipasti, fish and spaghetti, no wine. Way too much.
Head outside the centro historico for better food!

  • Visited October 2012
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2 Thank Donaldinho035
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