For the last 14 years, Federico has been the head of this restaurant’s kitchen, which offers signature dishes and a gourmet midday menu for a more than reasonable price, along with half a dozen options of wine by the glass, which have been carefully chosen following quality, good taste and matching criteria. Social Paraíso focuses on creating a sybarite, but friendly and not over-complicated alternative in the Palermo restaurant landscape; as a result, their spot-on proposal caters for foodies such as me. The place is pleasantly simple, neat and unassuming, and the fact that it only has 40 seats allows for connoisseur and personalized service from Federico himself behind the counter of his open kitchen and from Natalia, the agreeable and efficient midday waitress. Everything they serve is homemade, including the yummy bread basket with delicious toast and breadsticks; the menu is short but well-balanced, since it covers beef, pork, fish and pasta dishes that are masterfully put together taking into account a perfect harmony of flavors and textures. My choice was to start with the shrimp on a smoked eggplant “caviar”, which was scrumptious, and a main course of salmon with a tomato cubes, balsamic vinegar and mustard sauce with a side of grilled vegetables that was a perfect and delightful combination; to drink, the right match was a glass of Tempus Rosé. The whole lunch deserved a round of applause for the chef!