Confused by the entrance, luckily one server spoke English and greeted us warmly while opening the door. With a big smile they were happy to seat us, even though we did not have a reservation. Not knowing much about the local wine varieties, we chose blindly - a 2014 Santa Tresa Rina Lanca Grillo-Viognier. It was an organic white blend that was dry with medicinal notes. It was not my favorite wine, but was palpable with our meal. With the help of Google Translate, we were able to decipher the other menu items.
For his secondi, Keith chose the Swordfish Steak with Eggplant and Shrimp. It was covered in a creamy tomato sauce and fresh basil. Again, the portion was quite large providing a very filling meal.
I chose the Orecchiette with Zucchini and Shrimp in an almond and sea urchin sauce. The description alone sounded intriguing. Sure enough, the combination of the almonds and sea urchin created a sweet paste that coated the ear-shaped pasta. I had never tasted anything like this before and found myself in almost a hypnotic trance as I took bite after bite. The bowl was never ending though, and I called 'Uncle!" soon after Keith finished his dish.
Needless to say, I was too stuffed to order dessert or anything else. Our first meal in Sicily was unexpected and unique. The prices were very reasonable, especially for the large portions. Unfortunately, there was a family with a young and cranky toddler behind us, who was crying so loudly that the parents took turns taking the child outside. It made for an uncomfortable start, but we ignored it and chose not to let it spoil our experience.
Total Rating: 3.98
Food: 4, Price: 4.5, Service: 3.5, Ambience: 3, Accessibility: 4.5