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“Best restaurant in Sicily”
Review of Trattoria Da Pino

Trattoria Da Pino
Ranked #11 of 259 Restaurants in Marsala
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$24 - US$41
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Local cuisine, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Dining options: After-hours, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Description: Taste a dish, especially if the old and deep roots, means to touch with 'taste' the old traditions genuine. Trattoria da Pino suggests you tasting food carefully prepared seconds canons passed and popular. Our business has always been conducted with family. Over the years we have stored experience and tested our passion. We try to ensure the right fit elegance, but also the tradition that we hope you can enjoy in the dishes that we prepare carefully. We are in a town with wonderful resources, Marsala. Choose to stand with us for a lunch or a dinner is to grasp the opportunity to taste the intoxicating flavors and then plunge into the warm and dreamy atmosphere of the waterfront of Marsala. If you choose Sicily as a destination for your holidays do not forget to go and visit us: you will be a relaxing and full of typical and take with you a piece in the heart of our beautiful Sicily.
Reviewed 30 September 2012

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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Thank Rutiga1
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Reviewed 13 July 2012 via mobile

A good value for fine sea food and excellent service. I assume u need to be Italian to understand all the jokes and the extra friendliness of the staff, but anyone can enjoy fresh fish for a fair price.
Will visit again.

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Thank VonShed
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Reviewed 23 June 2012

Osteria Pina is a down-to-earth eatery with remarkable food and stellar hospitality in a relaxed atmosphere.
Dad and I were staying in Trapani and feeling lucky, as the 7 day transporatation strike had just concluded and we were able to fill up the tank of our rental car again. We drove to Marsala and were overwhelmed with the amount of "tourist menu" signs that were posted in front of the restaurants. Just when we thought we should go back to our apartment and fix our own lunch, I spotted an awning that read simply, "Osteria" and saw some fluorescent lights behind the sheer white curtains. We decided to park, and just peek inside to see what it looked like inside. (neither of us where dressed for anything fancy) Once we opened the door, we knew we'd be staying...
Set up in the middle of the large dining room was the antipasti table, laden with about 30 different platters of all sorts of freshly prepared food...roasted eggplant, breaded & fried eggplant, huge woody mushrooms prepared roasted and al parmesan, 3 types of carciofi (artichokes), octopus prepared 2 ways, tuna in oil with white beans and onions, shrimp salad...just to mention some of it. Seated already were a scattering of people, a table of 6 business-looking folks, two tables of older couples, and a table of ragazzi and their adult tutor.
We were not shown menus, instead were asked by our host if we would like to hear the daily specials. (it was later clear why the menus were not offered, as there were limited items available that week) Dad and I decided on the self-service antipasti table, and then (with the help of our server, who spoke just enough English to communicate accurately) we decided to try 2 of the day's specials, Linguine with roasted langostines and Linguine with sea urchin. Everything was delicious! (the waiter apologized for the limited daily choice, citing the transportation strike and the fact the fisherman have had limited gasoline available to take out their boats.) No problem for us, as everything we tasted at Pino seemed to be of the best quality. We also enjoyed their rosso della casa, which was poured, then left at our table, from an unlabeled bottle. (they bring a full bottle, then charged us for only the demi-or half-that we actually drank.
We took a pass on dessert (too full!) but enjoyed watching the ragazzi as they made their dolce decisions from the dessert table choices...a beautiful ricotta cake, cassata, and fresh fruit. (most of the children chose the bananas!, which each child would peel, and then place in a mound on the plate that the manager would dramatically hold for them while they did the peeling...charming!). Dad was too full to finish his pasta, our server was happy to put the rest of it into a foil to-go container. (i know, sometimes you don't want to ask in a foreign country if it is alright to do this...but perfectly acceptable here).
In keeping with my love of trying the local amaro, I inquired and were brought 4 different liquori...one moscato, and 3 amaro...one that was distilled locally, about 1 hour out of town. The after-dinner liquori were served with several different types of homemade cookies, all fresh and like grandma used to make!
We are very lucky...This osteria was an unexpected find in a city that may other-wise fall to the doldrums of catering to a high-volume tourist trade. We loved every bit of our meal here, felt it was properly priced, and we will go out of our way to return to Pino when we find ourselves in this region again.

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Thank Stiamo B
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Reviewed 3 June 2012

It is a perfect place to have a wonderful Marsala meal, with local wine and seafood. It is dreamy but very simple. It gets filled with locals and hardly any English is spoken so be prepared to use whatever Italian you have and with a little daring, you will have an unforgettable meal in a simple restaurant.

Thank Dorota R
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Reviewed 8 May 2012

I wish there were more restaurants like this.

The decor is very unassuming (but well kept and clean); the staff could not be more friendly and helpful; the food is exactly as it should be in a fishing town.

During our visit, the antipasti buffet had a choice of about 20 items, all very good.
Our linguine starters (one with aubergines and swardfish, the other with prawns) were excellent and the grilled fish was so fresh and tasty that it only needed a drop of oil and lemon as a condiment.

The desserts (only four of them) were typical Sicilian ones.

Our waiter had a good knowledge of wines and his choice was very good.

A four courses meal (with a shared large grilled fish as a main course) with wine and coffee was 60 euro for two people.

On a Monday night the restaurant was full with only three tables with tourist (ours included). All the other tables were of four and six people, all obviously local.

I wholeheartedly reccomand this restaurant.

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Thank Marcello666
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