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Tropea Restaurants: 6 reviews and 3 photos

During high tourist season most restaurants are open every day.

Trattoria al Timone, Piazza del Duomo. No telephone. No credit cards. Moderately inexpensive.

This nice place faces the attractive Duomo on what is a relatively quiet piazza, except for the occasional passing motorino and the sound of children playing soccer in the courtyard. There are outdoor tables and good fragrances that greet your arrival. Start with bruschetta all'inferno, a toast topped with a spread of tomatoes, oil, and peperoncino. The filej, instead of being sauced with pork, come with a delicate combination of tomato, garlic, piquant green pepper, and grated pecorino. The spaghetti al nero di seppie (with cuttlefish ink) are also very good. The trattoria also serves spaghetti al uova di pescespada (swordfish roe), which I did not sample. You should certainly have the insalata tropeana-tomatoes, olives, bits of cheese, oregano, and the famous onions. The secondi feature all the local seafood. I was encouraged to try the surici, delicious little white fish caught locally and delicately batter-fried. You must beware of bones. Some people eat these fish whole; I preferred to cut off the head, split the fish lengthwise, lift out the bones, squeeze some lemon, and then eat. (The fish heads were a princely meal for a mendicant cat.) Local fruit was a good dessert. The waiters were the young sons of the family, barely into their teens, who are already more ex-pert than many professionals.


Favorite Dish: Ristorante Trr Fontane, Via Labirinto (just off Corso Vittorio Emanuele on a small piazza), tel 0963/603076. MasterCard, Visa. Moderate to moderately expensive.
Good for filej and swordfish.

Trattoria Vecchia Tropea, Largo Barone. No telephone. No credit cards. Moderately inexpensive.
Go down Largo Duomo to Via Vulcano. Turn left and go past the doorway where the old lady and small children are watching TV. You will reach a small piazza at Largo Barone. This back alley is a very suggestive spot that probably matches some preconceived idea you've had about what small-town Italy looks like. This is a great spot for outdoor dining on local specialties.

Ristorante Pimms, Largo Migliaresi, tel 0963/666105. MasterCard, Visa. Moderately expcnsive.
The food is good but the main reason to come is the panoramic view of the Norman castle and beautiful sunsets over the sea

Price Comparison: about average
Price: US$21-30
Rating: 0
Theme: Local

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written May 16, 2003
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