My girlfriend and I were in Siracusa this Thanksgiving weekend and when I asked her where we should eat she opened up Tripadvisor and said, "hey, there's a french bistrot in Siracusa and we should try it". I'm normally not one to eat foreign food in Sicily except Sicilian or Italian but my girlfriend really wanted to try it so we did. We eat out 2-3 times a week and this was one of the best dinners I've had in the past year. It put as big a smile on my face as when I ate at Pino Cuttaia's La Madia a few months ago and that's saying something.
I'm embarrassed to say I don't recall the owner's name but he was fantastic going to great lengths to explain the menu, help us with wine selections, and overall make us feel at home.
The quality of ingredients used in the kitchen were as high a quality as any restaurant I've ever eaten at, absolutely as good as it gets. I started out with a lobster salad, I half lobster still in the shell over a bed of mixed greens with a very tasty vinaigrette over the greens. I'd forgotten how good how a vinaigrette could be when executed properly. Main course was boeuf bourguignon cooked for 5 hours and in it's simplicity was delicious. Again basic peasant fare elevated to something very special. My dessert was ice cream profiteroles with a chocolate sauce that was superb, made inhouse as was everything we enjoyed, the quality of the chocolate used is rarely seen at other restaurants including Michelin starred ones. My other friends all had chosen different menu choices and all four of them thought as I did that this was an excellent meal. Could I get nitpicky and find a fault during the evening, I tried and I failed. Including wine the meal cost about 45 euro a person, very good value for the money. This dinner really put a smile on my face and plan on going back as soon as I can!
I would say that if you're somewhere on the island of Sicily then this is a destination restaurant to take the time to drive to and enjoy. Reservations are a must so call ahead.
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