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“Great fish restaurant, great cava”
Review of Officina del Mare

Officina del Mare
Ranked #22 of 917 Restaurants in Brescia
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$31 - US$81
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Good for: Business meetings
Dining options: After-hours, Delivery, Reservations, Takeout
Reviewed 14 July 2014

Very nice fish restaurant with daily fresh chioce of sea fish, nicely situated within old town in nice cellar like entourage, great cava with many choices of local wines and sparkling wine.
very friendly staff help you to make perfect combinations of starters, mains combined with there tasteful wines.
very well recommended

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Thank PeterSilvainMooij
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Reviewed 4 February 2014

A colleague and I recently had a pleasant dinner at Officina del Mare. This beautifully decorated restaurant once was a horse stable many years ago. No expense was spared in taking the unique arched architecture and turning it into an upscale restaurant. Tables were set with quality linens and the service ware (plates, silverware, glasses) was top quality. Soft indirect lighting was effectively utilized to highlight the decor.

Upon our arrival, we were warmly greeted by the owners and operators of Officina del Mare. Two brothers work the dining room and the third is back in the kitchen working with the Sicilian chef. The menu is only in Italian; however, Luca's English was helpful in translating and describing proposals on the menu. Luca suggested going with only two courses, as a full three-course meal would be too much food in his opinion. He was right.

I broke two of my standard rules of dining on Mondays; never eat seafood because Italian fishermen rest on Sundays and the fish you do get is most likely left over from Saturday. The other rule I tend to follow is to never eat seafood at land-locked restaurants. The last I checked, there was no sea bordering Brescia. Nevertheless, the seafood at Officina del Mare was very fresh, proving that my rules can be broken from time to time.

We started by sharing the Ciotoline Siciliane; an assortment of various creatively prepared seafood tasters from Sicilian cuisine. All were very good with the exception of the octopus, which I found to be quite tough to the bite. We also shared a portion of Soute Misto, a combination of sautéed Razor Clams, Cockles and another type of clam. This was delivered at the same time as the Ciotoline Siciliane and became very cold by the time we got to eat the dish.

For an entree, I had the Zuppa di Pesce (fisherman's stew) that was served on a richly flavored broth, all cleaned and de-boned. There were baby scampi, jumbo shrimp, red shrimp, octopus, calamari and assorted pieces of fresh fish of the day. The dish was excellent, with the exception of the tough octopus. My colleague enjoyed a fillet of Sea Bass prepared the Sicilian way, with tomatoes, olives and capers.

The meal was quite relaxing and peaceful as Officina del Mare was not crowded with diners on a Monday evening. Service was top notch and very attentive. Prices were on the high side, though the quality of seafood coupled with the chef's talents warranted such pricing. Our meal above, plus one dessert, two glasses of wine, water and a grappa totaled 120 euros. Officina del Mare is an ideal restaurant for romantic dinners, business meals and special occasions.

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Thank Mirto56
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Reviewed 23 June 2013 via mobile

Business lunch. Had the excellent Sicilian antipasti followed by pasta and accompanied by a lovely local white. Great ambience, good food, excellent staff.

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1  Thank DickandLiz
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Reviewed 3 November 2012 via mobile

The place is very nice and welcoming, with an refined decoration! The food is high quality and very well cooked and the wine list is very diverse and with excellent wines. The employees are friendly and efficient. In short: an experience to repeat!

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1  Thank CarlaGoncalves
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