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Cefalu: Il Normanno

Via Vanni , 9 , Phone: 0921925903

Reviewed by: TuttidiMare from USA, review #3007

When: 2008

Great family run restaurant on side street near the duomo.

After dinning at a few restaurants in Cefalu with seafront terraces we decided to explore the historic quarter. We stumbled upon Il Normanno which more than made up for their lack of a view with their excellent cuisine.

The owner Gaetano waited on us and he was as charming as the restaurant. We ordered an antipasti of insalata di mare and grilled vegetables with mint followed by grilled cernia and fettuccine with mushrooms, pistachios, cherry tomatoes, and bacon. For dessert an orange parfait with berry custard.

The meal was one our favorites and the fish was better than the more expensive restaurants we dined at. Our meal with a bottle of water and two beers was 52 euro. Gaetano treated us to lemoncello.

Reviewed by: TimW from UK, review #1549

When: 2005

A small side street restaurant with some interesting items on the menu. Food very good, and the owner very friendly without being pushy.

While wandering around Cefalu', we had seen an interesting looking menu posted on the corner of the main Corso Ruggero. The gothic font of the printed menu made us a little wary, but there were enough "unusual" items to make us want to visit.

It is smallish restaurant of maybe ten tables - four outside on the street, and another six inside. I remember the restaurant as being quite brightly lit. The service was good, and we felt neither presured nor ignored.

We shared a starter: ham and goat cheese with a honey and orange marmalade. It was very good, and an interesting combination of flavours. We had finished most of the bowl of bread with the starter, and this was immediately replaced with a fresh serving.

As a main course Jenny had grilled stuffed squid and I had sausages with a red wine and olive sauce. Both were excellent as were the selection of grilled vegetables we had with them. Onion, zucchini, aubergines, tomatoes and celeriac, all drizzled with balsamic vinegar. The wine list was quite extensive. We shared a bottle of “Etna Rosso” , and litre of water. With two coffees and a glass of a “local liquor” which was strong, dark and slightly oily, the bill came to €46

Overall a very pleasant experience. I would definitely come back here.

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