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“Padro Aldo now "Trattoria da Salvo" best seafood in town”
Review of Padre Aldo

Padre Aldo
Ranked #778 of 1,766 Restaurants in Palermo
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Reservations
Neighbourhood: Tribunali
Level 4 Contributor
19 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Padro Aldo now "Trattoria da Salvo" best seafood in town”
Reviewed 4 September 2010

This no frills trattoria is like an uncut diamond; rough around the edges and easily overlooked. The hidden treasure is great fresh seafood cooked to perfection.
In spring & summer the seafood is on display outside for passersby to inspect and choose. The barbecues were already smoking when we walked passed at 7pm. At first we were at little intimidated by the burly men around the cooking fire eager for us to choose a fish and sit down at a table in a dead end ally. There were only a few plastic tables and everyone was Sicilian, no tourists. It looked like a scene from "The Godfather". However we were drawn by the promise of undoctored fresh seafood, cooked simply and the prices were very reasonable. We returned later in the evening & choose the day's menu, a mixed seafood grill with dorade (sea brim) calamari, squid, prawns and swordfish covered in breadcrumbs Sicilian style to preserve the moisture. All this served with olives, mixed salad, 2 carafes of table wine (not great) and strong espresso followed by a glass of lemoncello for €20. Fell in love with the ambiance despite the plastic cups and realised halfway through our meal that Trattoria da Salvo was in reality Padre Aldo's restaurant, which is written up in the NY Times, and the burly men were his sons.
When I had spoken to our host at the B&B she had no idea who Padre Aldo was but she did recommend this restaurant as typically Sicilian. It is interesting to note that the price of the days menu hasn't changed in 2 years despite Padre Aldo's notoriety and his regular Sicilian clients.

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Malverne, New York
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“Delicious and fun!”
Reviewed 7 October 2008

Padre Aldo, Piazza Kalsa, Palermo

We looked for Padre Aldo’s home trattoria after reading about him in the NY Times travel section. We inquired about him with vendors around the Piazza Kalsa and were directed to a small area off the piazza with several tables, a grill and a display of fresh fish. There is no menu per se; just a recitation of what is available that day. He and two young people, we believe are his son and daughter-in-law cooked up a fantastic meal for us. Aldo is in charge of the grill, his daughter-in-law does the other cooking in an off street kitchen.

We had an enormous plate of mussels, clams and octopus in a delicious tomato based sauce, and a giant platter of assorted grilled fish which included wonderful swordfish and two very large whole fish whose name we forgot, beer and bread for 20 Euros per person. The price was less than surrounding trattorias were asking for 3 course “tourist menu” meals which offered the “standard” antipasti, pasta and scallopine.

Padre Aldo (Aldo Balestreri) told us that he has been written up in newspapers in Japan, China and many other places. Hopefully, his notoriety won’t change the delightful experience we enjoyed.

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