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Antica Focacceria San Francesco
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Ranked #150 of 1,785 Restaurants in Palermo
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Buffet, Delivery, Reservations, Takeout
Neighborhood: Tribunali
Reviewed December 15, 2012

This place is a Palermo institution, and not to be missed. The ambiance is great and the perfect metaphor for the city itself, busy, a little messy, noisy and some times hard to navigate (check out the food, decide what you want, pay at the cash, go back and ask for your meal) but no trip to Palermo is complete without a stop here. It's not the best of it's type of food (fried) but you can get everything from a panino con la milzza (spleen sandwich) to a plate of perfectly fried and crispy pannelle (chickpea fritters), to a few healthy salad choices. The outdoor piazza seating has a full menu and is very good. This is Palermo's first "Anti Pizzo" establishment and deserves a visit just to support this.

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Reviewed November 18, 2012

Impossible to know how you are supposed to go through the line or get beverages, but even though the Palermitans have that stand-offish tough guy demeanor, they are actually very kind and generous people. Ask them. Food is kind of cafeteria quality, but it is a Palermo institution for many reasons and in a cute small piazza. Worth a visit for lunch or snack.

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Reviewed November 3, 2012

We went to the Antica Focacceria on the advice of friends but should have eaten at the bar/cafe downstairs rather than upstairs.
Food was fine but our meal was spoilt by a couple of things. Firstly, despite the fact that the restaurant was not full we were placed in an odd diamond arrangement in the centre of the room with 3 other couples, which meant that we nearly ate as an eight. Secondly when we ordered French fries with the mail course the waiter neglected to mention that the meals came with potatoes.

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Thank MichaelBRome
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Reviewed October 27, 2012

I liked the self-service and the price. It was also a charming old place and the courtyard outside was a nice place to sit and linger a while.

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Reviewed October 20, 2012

This is a choice spot. I had great pasta of the day at lunch (with tomatoes and green olives) at the cafeteria. I tried the bucatini con sarde (sardines) for dinner at the restaurant but didn't like (I am not big on sardines). The pizza with anchovies could serve 4-5, it has tons of cheese on it.

Basic Sicilian food in a perfect little square. At lunch - do not leave your uneaten food on the table (pigeons are fierce). At dinner - pigeons appear to be sleeping or elsewhere. At dinner- a wonderful violinist striolled in and played beautiful music.

Thank Pam S
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