It had been a couple years since I last visited this restaurant and it was just by accident that I found myself near Donnalucata so I decided to give it another try. On the first visit the meal was very good but not great but on this one Sunday evening everything that we ordered came out of the kitchen perfect. Let me say that I seldom order from menus and this evening was no exception. I've lived in Sicily 40 years and my Italian is very good so finding out what arrived off the boats that day isn't an issue for me. That said our waiter spoke passable English which was just fine for the American couple seated near us.
We started out with some raw, marinated scampi and 2 kinds of marinated shrimp. Impeccably fresh, well presented, and absolutely delicious. We moved on to a 3.5lb sole fish (rombo). Not easily found this size in restaurants, the chef baked it in the oven in a light fish fume with the addition of a few cherry tomatoes. Our waiter was masterful in cleanning the fish, not one of our party of 4 found a single bone. The fish was cooked to perfection which seldomly happens at any restaurant in Sicily. Even 30 extra seconds would have ruined the delicate flesh of this fish.
I chose a Baglio del Cristo di Campobello Ardenza which worked extremely well with both the starters and entree. Including 2 bottles of wine, dessert, and some after dinner drinks the total bill was 300 euro. Inexpensive no but worth every euro. It may be that for some people on a budget one of the other restaurants in Donnalucata may be a better choice but if you can do it than Mezzaparola is well worth trying.
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