Down the dark corridor on the left, there's an easel on the left for the Lo Skipper Nautical Club - don't ask I have no idea. After the usual, "have you booked?", followed by the sucking-in of breath, checking of the reservation book and then chatting to the owner they decided to let us in to the half empty restaurant. It was just after 8pm.
Despite this inauspicious beginning the staff were incredibly nice and friendly; the menu is extensive, the wine list more so and it is all rather interesting, a little piece of Sicily transported into a lane next to the Academia in Florence. The food on offer is different from any of the other restaurants we have visited, which was great but I am afraid that the chef has aspirations beyond their capability.
The first courses were enjoyable, well executed but enormous. The pasta was fresh and the sauce fresh as well and plentiful. We were full after the first course.
It was the second courses that proved more problematic. It transpired that the issue with us not booking was they they had run out of the Sea Bream and the Octopus but no problem, they offered me the Sea Bass with clams and tomatoes and my wife had the Swordfish. Neither dish worked that well. Don't get me wrong they weren't a disaster by any means it's just that they weren't executed terribly well. As usual everything was a bit salty and my Sea Bass was swamped with oil and the juice from the fresh tomatoes, a very basic culinary error. At least it's not expensive.
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