The entrance to the restaurant, very closely located behind the beautiful Duomo di San Giorgio church is muted and understated. The interior is composed of little sectioned rooms with large tables and chairs, giving a definite air of luxury, privacy and space for the diners.
|Left - the church; Right - Duomo Restaurant|
We chose the 'gourmet rapid lunch', which suited me down to the ground in that it is a chef's surprise menu. Being a food lover, something like this is one of the best kind of surprises. Another happy surprise, for us leisurely tourists, was that it wasn't one bit rapid. It is supposed to include three courses, when in fact, between the little welcome course, petits fours etc., I think I counted nine distinct courses! We could happily graze and take our time over the delicious food and fabulous wine.
There is a strong focus on seafood and the authentic food of Sicily. Every course was well presented, carefully cooked and well thought out by the chef, who made an appearance on two occasions to say hello to diners, which I thought was a nice touch. Highlights were the pork served along with pork heart. It almost looked and tasted like beef - it was an extraordinary dish. The pasta with sardines was also very tasty, the cannoli as dessert was scrumptious and the homemade breads, in their simplicity, were fantastic.
A little visual selection of some of our dishes at Duomo...
|The bread plate - the mini pizzas were divine|
|Pork and pork heart|
|A lovely, sweet surprise|
|Typical Sicilian cannoli|
Our meal included three glasses of wine and we started with some delicious Sicilian fizz from the Palermo region. The knowledgeable sommelier explained that it was a Chardonnay grape variety. We then requested to move on to red and for our next two glasses we had the most delicious Nero d'Avola of our entire week on the island. It was a knockout with the food. Yum.
Duomo gets a thumbs up and for lunch priced at €60 per person (excl. tip) for this seriously high quality food including wine, plentiful bottled water and lots of extra courses, I believe it was very well worth it and a really special treat.