Tratoria Da Pino is a genuine friendly, homely trattoria. This restaurant was recommend by our hotel (Hotel Carmine = great hotel) and we were not disappointed. It almost feels like you are going into someone's house and at first we were apprehensive that we would stand out as the only non-Italians there but we were welcomed warmly. We went on a Saturday night (about 9pm) and the place was full. Luckily the hotel had booked us a table. In the middle of the room is a big table full of various antipasti that you could help your self to and a selection of fish and seafood you could pick to be cooked for your 2nd course. All the waiting staff were very friendly and put up with our attempts at Italian. Through our waiters English, our Italian, pointing and some sign language me ordered some amazing food. We helped ourselves to the antipasti in the middle of the room. For the pasta course we had a bowl of what the next table was having and asked the waiter to recommend something else. He recommended we had spaghetti with "ricci". We later found out that ricci is sea urchin. Sea urchin is a delicacy and some people love it. I found it a bit peppery with quite a strong taste. For the main course we pick some lobster, prawns and squid that we taken away and cooked for us. We were too full for pudding so they gave us some Marsala wine and some biscotti (leaving the bottle on the table). The bill came to €70 (2 people with 3 courses including wine, water and soft drink) and was the best meal we've had so far in Sicily. The food, staff and restaurant were the most genuine Italian we have come across.
This is the opposite of posh food, it is honest, simple and well cooked food.
It is a slightly more adventurous choice if you don't speak any Italian but well worth it.
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