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“Superlative food, Trapanese with a twist. ”
Review of Salirosso

Salirosso
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Ranked #16 of 446 Restaurants in Trapani
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$24 - US$47
Cuisines: Italian, Mediterranean
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Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Reservations
Description: When we started to work on the SALIROSSO project,t many people thought we were naіve adventurers, like Don Quixote or Garibaldi... maybe also fools. Those who know us better asked us: 'Why this insanity, why open a restaurant in a moment of crisis, when dozens of Sicilian companies are closing down?' And we replied: 'Because the art of cooking "alla Trapanese" is culture, eating "alla Trapanese" is culture, the products of our land and sea are culture, because our wines and now also our beers are culture... and only our culture can save us Sicilians'. 'So you are going to do traditional Trapani cooking?' 'Yes...no, well... we are also going to do traditional Trapani and Sicilian cooking, but we want to do more, we want to cook "alla Trapanese". And we also want to cook "alla Trapanese" what is not from Trapani, what we have eaten around the Mediterranean, food which was unknown to us but which we felt was close to us. We want to be guided by the smells of the market, by the wind, by the Trapani sunsets which are mirrored in the salt pans...' 'Then go ahead guys, go like a train that nobody can stop. You are truly mad, but mad people are also lucky'. It may be so, let's hope so. We know we wanted to satisfy a passion, our passion for good food and good wine, for the traditional Trapani cooking, for our food culture, our passion for hospitality. We wanted to create something which there was not in Trapani yet: an elegant restaurant which smells of home, where children take precedence also on Saturday nights, where you pay only what you eat and drink - therefore no cover or service charge at Salirosso - a restaurant that does not offer you dubious tonic liquors once you have finished your meal but a list of hard liquors selected among the best offered by world distillation. At this restaurant a wine list made up of only Sicilian wines from native grape varieties, a list of beers selected among the best Sicilian and European craft beers and a water list are available. By way of summary, Salirosso was created so that we could have fun letting our guests having fun: what is better than fascinating and satisfying with a dish cooked with love and respectfully served with the right wine?
Reviewed 30 September 2016 via mobile

Having read a few of the previous reviews on Trip Adviser we booked last minute a meal for two on Friday evening.

The restaurant was easy to find amongst the narrow lanes of old Trapani and the waiting staff friendly and welcoming and spoke a reasonable level of English (our Italiano being quite basic).

As if was early (8:30pm) the restaurant was not busy but more diners followed us and I noted there was further dining space available at the rest of the restaurant.

Menu was mostly fish based (which I adore) with veal choices and wild boar special of the day alternative for meat lovers.

I chose the sardine appetiser which was very unusual - the fish balls presented in a 00 flour batter with pine nuts soft raisins and gentle spice, all very tasty. My partner had the salsito with figs and pine nuts which he loved.

For mains I chose the swordfish steak layered on aubergine spinach with prawns and a Trapanese tomato sauce - the best presentation of swordfish I have had here in Sicily (and I have tried many). Wild boar for the man in my life he declared it delicious.

We selected a red wine to accompany our meal an Etna Rosso recommended, not too heavy but with a lovely nose and flavour of berries.

We loved that the maitre 'd was obviously very knowledgeable and passionate about the menu, he described the dishes extensively and separate ingredients were all listed in the menu for those with allergens or food intolerances.

After a small break we ordered desserts mine a hot cool pistachio affair very nice, although I tasted my partner's chocolate and pistachio slice and like that even better!

Our bill came to approx €96 which for the quality of food, the excellent wine, the originality of the menu selection and overall experience was very appropriate and we were happy to pay.

If you visit, check out the original art work from a Palermo artist displayed on all the walls adding to the quality ambience of this lovely Sicilian restaurant.

Thank gillypalmer
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Reviewed 30 September 2016

This was our first visit to Trapani. We made reservations for Salirosso on the basis of TA's reviews and finding the restaurant on The Fork website.

The restaurant is housed in a fairly elegant building and service provided by who we assumed to be the owner was friendly welcome and good. The restaurant has an extensive wine list and the Sicilian red wine (a blend of Syrah and Nero d'Avola) we chose was very good. But, the food was disappointing. We chose tuna and figs and octopus for our starters. Both were stewed, neither was freshly cooked, just warmed up, and in consequence pretty tasteless. Secondi were better: freshly cooked and tasty, but both came with too much stew that detracted from, respectively, the freshly cooked and tasty swordfish, prawns, and Parmigiano, and the veal and chestnuts. I suspect the latter was also not cooked in olive oil so was a tad greasy. For dolci, we chose the pretty ordinary hot/cool pistachio, which came in a wine glass - which a tad naff. Fresh fruit would have been a better choice.

Unfortunately, then, I cannot recommend Salirosso. I cannot help thinking if this is #9 in Trapani, I cannot think what the lower scored outlets are like. Tonight, we'll try Al Vicoletto, which is #2.

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Thank JohnEO
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Reviewed 28 September 2016 via mobile

We loved everything about Salirosso. Food is amazing: re-invented Sicilian food respecting ingredients and traditions. Every bite is a surprise (a good one!). Beautiful ambiance, very good service

Thank Moreno_chicago
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Reviewed 23 August 2016

Group of 6 4 adults 2 kids, the restaurant was easy to find in the heart of Old Trapani ( a gorgeous Barocce city)
Very neat tastily restored place-
Food; we had 3 appetizer 6 first courses and a nice bottle of insoglia wine-139Euro a fair price
The tuna with mint and Fighs were excellent starter, preceded by a complimentary taste of Trapani sauce (maybe a bit too garlichy- a recurrent theme, but very tasty).
The first course were execellent with some differences; Myspagetti spezzati alla trapanese were super and so was an unusual dish based on the spertic envelope of a tune-absoulteley delicious.
the Cavatelli with tuna piustachios were very and so were the one with shrimp and a bunch of other intriguing spices
The spaghetti with vongole with a radicchio sauce were excellent, but the owner did not want not to add the sauce (overly proud of his creation?) whihc was too extreme for a 9 years old kid (not for an adult)
Overall a very nice atmosphere and in charming location, and fairly priced-worth certainly a visist
The bathroom were clean but the smell of mold was overpowering and one of them had a desert like temperature (unbearable)

1  Thank gscita
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Reviewed 31 July 2016 via mobile

It is hard to put words to something as delicious as the seafood couscous at Salirosso. The sauces for all their pasta are to die for. The Salirossa tarte for desert is heavenly. The service was impeccable as well. One of my favorite Sicilian restaurants!

1  Thank le_fino
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