Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Al Bucco - Palermo

Introduction: A better than average Trattoria 100 metres from the Grand Palm Hotel
Ambience: Friendly atmosphere. A large Tv playing quietly in the corner had no English channels

Service: Casual and friendly Menu available in English

Food: Could not wait to try the Sicilian specialty Pasta con sarde The very strong taste of sardines is modified by sprinkling bread crumbs over the dish as we would normally sprinkle cheese. Sicilian oysters have strong taste of salt and the sea and are quite different from the oysters normally served in Australia No way could I have eaten a dozen of them

Rissotto with fruit of the sea was a tasty entree.
We tried Swordfish cutlets and a veal in wine sauce for mains which were both very ordinary.
We also tried a mussel soup which was an excellent dish. Although the mussels are much smaller than those from Australia they had very good taste
Wine: Inexpensive. Largely Sicilian Limited range A bottle of quite reasonable Nero d' Avalo was $16

Price: Agood dinner for two around $100

Comments: Typical Sicilian

Score: 13.5/20

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