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“Hyped.. But disappointing”

Ristorante Al Cappero
Ranked #4 of 13 Restaurants in Malfa
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $23 - $35
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Description: Caper At The Farm is located on the island of Salina Pollara. We produce and sell the famous capers of Salina, the most good in the world for taste, aroma, fragrance, and compactness. The Caper of Salina is part of Slow Food. The company managed a family also has a good restaurant where you can taste local dishes with products grown on the farm. Kitchen with lots of vegetarian dishes such as eggplant or zucchini parmigiana, the caponata, the sweet and sour endive, zucchini pancakes, and ... For the former, the house specialty is linguine with pesto capers where delicate flavor suggests adding a tablespoon of fresh chilli oil. Another specialty of the restaurant is the rabbit in sweet and sour.
London, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
110 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
“Hyped.. But disappointing”
Reviewed August 18, 2013 via mobile

Our expectations were high as also locals recommended the place. Like most restaurants the week of ferragosto this place runs at 150% of capacity, andante that's why we were disappointed.. Some fried courgettes as a starter were terrible, the pasta eoliana was boring and didn't taste of tuna or capers at all, stuffed squid was good.. Location is great and prices are really low, shame the food was not as expected,. Maybe a good choice outside of main season..

  • Visited August 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Low price, you get what you pay for”
Reviewed July 16, 2013

With my second visit to Salina Island (and after several years of holidays in the Eolian archipelago), I finally decided to try this restaurant since it has some good reviews on tripadvisor and has been recommended to me by at least 3 different hotels. Let me start with the good things of the restaurant: location is excellent, directly overlooking the sunset on the Pollara side of the island. Price is fairly low for eating out in the Islands (two people, 2 pastas + 2 fishes + bottle of cheap wine = 57 EUR, not bad).
However, that's about it for the positive part. Compared to the really excellent food you may get in the islands (or in Sicily in general), the dishes offered by this restaurant are flavourless, the taste being more similar to any decent quality canteen rather than a proper restaurant. I could tell the food experience would be bad as soon as the waiter brought us "zucchini fritters" as starters, on the house (e.g. free of charge): in Italy you would never ever eat something so strong in flavour (especially if fried in the same oil as those of the other 200 people eating there) before having a delicate meal of fish.
Ambiance however (with the exception of the scenery) is the real killer: as soon as you get there you realise 95% of customers are foreigners - no local eats over there (as opposed to many other - even pricey - restaurants). Immediately you realise that this place has earned its internet fame through some sort of selection bias, by which tourists like myself are advised to go over there by their hotelier (the place is famous, cheap and has good reviews, so a relatively riskless advice...), they are positively impressed by the low price and the local food (which may of course taste different/better compared to food people are used to eat abroad) and thus write a 5* review. My advice is to explore better the island, as all the other places I tried are far superior to this one.

  • Visited July 2013
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27 Thank gpu261
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Rome, Italy
Level 5 Contributor
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38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Don't miss it”
Reviewed July 15, 2013

Cute, traditional osteria. In spite of being one of the best on Salina, the personal is not arrogant at all, in the contrary. It stared already good, the complementary frittelle di zucchini was a dream. Everything was mega fresh....the salads, the vegetable....the pasta was home made and petfect, the sword fish was excellent (not chewy but juicy). There was nearly nothing to complain. Maybe the lemon granita was not the best (actually pretty bad) but it's a minor detail.

Visited July 2013
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Great location, OK food, terrible service”
Reviewed July 11, 2013 via mobile

We ate here one evening because the hotel Locanda del Postino was completely quiet. Although there were many spare tables we were asked to phone ahead and reserve next time - fair enough. However we were sat at the worst possible table of the that were free and they refused to reseat us to another of those that were free. They lied that these were booked - no one ever arrived to sit there before closing.

The bruschette were dry, bland and felt like they just came from a packet. The squid was rubbery and the presentation was as dreary as the general taste of the food. The waiters were almost surreal in their ability to ignore customers. The best thing about this place is the low price - which is still too high for such a disappointment.


  • Visited July 2013
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Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Worth the drive”
Reviewed June 30, 2013

Excellent "home" cooking -- the best zucchini fritters since my mom's; great eggplant and zucchini parmegiana (we had to order seconds, it was so good); very relaxed environment; great sunset; they also sell the capers they grow on site -- in jars or vacuum pack

Visited June 2013
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