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“Italian seafood how it should be”
Review of u - Sfizziusu

u - Sfizziusu
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Good for: Large groups, Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Lunch, Buffet, Delivery, Reservations, Takeout
Reviewed April 28, 2013

U Sfizziusu is a “trattoria gastronomia tipica” near the seafront. It appealed to us because it was full of Italians and had local dishes on the menu like cous cous and busiate, the local fresh pasta shape. Both are good signs (there is no such thing as Italian food — each region has its own and restaurants that serve local fare are usually better and more interesting), so we decided to eat there and were not disappointed! In fact, we liked it so much for lunch that we reserved a table for the same day to have dinner there as well. The restaurant has modest seaviews and outside seating on a terrace. The menu offers a nice selection of seafood and vegetable antipasti, typical local pasta dishes, secondi, and a small selection of desserts.

This is a great seafood restaurant that serves Italian food like it should be: tasty, simple, and cheap. All the seafood was very fresh and prepared expertly, better than at similar places we've tried. The service is OK and what can be expected of this of type of restaurant.

My only wish would be for them to upgrade the winelist. There are only five white wines available, with the most expensive being 18 euros. They are good but simple wines from reputable local producers, but those same producers also have more interesting and slightly more expensive wines and it would be nice to be able to order a bottle of one of those so the wines will be at the level of the food (which I rate a well-deserved 8/10).

Here are descriptions of the dishes we tried during both visits:
Caponata. Eggplant simmered in tomato sauce with olives and roasted almonds. The eggplant is very tender without falling apart completely. Lovely dish.
Raw seafood: prawns, scampi, swordfish, and marinated tuna with lots of citrus. Everything was very fresh and especially the prawns and scampi were very tasty.
Mixed grilled vegetables: pink eggplant, breaded pink eggplant, zucchini, yellow bell pepper, marinated artichoke, and some caponata.
Breaded shrimp: crunchy on the outside and tender on the inside. Shrimp is often overcooked and tough, but not here. The shrimp was breaded with breadcrumbs Sicilian style (i.e. I suspect they had been fried before being used as breading).

We didn’t sample any secondi, but stayed with the primi as they are more ‘typical’ for the region. (We love slices of grilled fresh fish, but you can get those all along the Italian coast.)
Busiate alla Trapanese. Busiate are the local fresh pasta shape, it’s like tagliatelle in a spiral. The local style is with fresh tomatoes, garlic, roasted almonds, and just a bit of pink eggplant. Very tasty.
Ravioli in fish broth. Nice strong tomato-fish broth with delicate ravioli.
Cous cous with dentice (fish). Tomato-fish broth is served on the side so you can add as much as you like, and there are generous chunks of fish in the cous cous.
We only tried one dessert, but this Sicilian cassata was very nice.

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Reviewed August 11, 2012

the only good thing is the location just at the seafront.the food is good but nothing special but the portions are poor.the service quiet slow and the waitress a little bit rude and confused.the price are reasonables

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Reviewed September 23, 2011

Charmingly bustling place right off the beach with a fun, relaxed atmosphere. We were there at the beginning of Cous Cous Fest, and the restaurant was very busy for dinner. Nonetheless, the service was perfectly attentive, and the food simple yet delicious.

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Reviewed April 24, 2011

Whether in San Vito Lo Capo, visiting Reserva Dello Zingaro or wanting a memorable afternoon by the beach, u Sfizzuisu is a great choice both for the quality of its dishes and the warm family atmosphere. We had the opportunity to dine for both lunch and dinner, and were repeat customers. We tried a wide number of pasta (Busiate), vegetable and fish dishes, and found each dish to be well prepared, fresh and amply portioned. The owners Ignazio and Marianna take pride in their work, and this shows in their warm treatment of customers and the flavour of dishes. The trattoria aims to provide high quality Sicilian specialties and seafood food. I highly recommend the Busiate alla Trapanese, the Melanzane Parmigiana and the fresh fish (locally caught). Desserts are also strong with creative innovations involving the Canollo. However, Ignazio and Marianna are both happy to customize dishes and going beyond the menu. We noticed as well that a number of locals and Italian vacationers were repeat customers (both clientele groups have typically high standards), along with a steady foreign clientele as well. In sum, this is a type of trattoria I wish you had in my own town. Well done!

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Thank Aristotelian
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Reviewed October 10, 2010

A quite unpretentious establishment straight off the beach. nothing about it that would have led me to expect so much other than the reviews. But if anything they underestimate the quality of the food, which was certainly the best of any of the restaurants in town. The fresh home made pasta sauces and their gastronomic ability with aubergine in particular made this a really memorable experience.

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Thank DannyLondon
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