Ciambra Ristorante Monreale

21 Mar

Meet Michela and Marco, owners, and Gino, master chef of Ciambra, a two-month old seafood restaurant in the oldest part of Monreale.

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Coming to Sicily, we had expected that finding fresh seafood would be easy. But not so true for Monreale, which is on a hill overlooking Palermo and not adjacent to the sea. And then as luck would have it, we learned of a recently opened restaurant and met its owners. We had two nights left and ate at Ciambra both nights. Besides, for seafood lovers, their sign says it all.

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The decor of the restaurant is lovely with great attention to detail including the flowers, table settings, artwork, etc.

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But it’s the food that brings one back to Ciambra, and for good reason. Len said this might be some of the best seafood we have ever eaten. I agree.

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After we were seated, we were presented with fresh sardines, mixed with scallions and red peppercorns, on grilled toast. At home, I won’t touch a sardine, but I happily ate these.

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We asked Marco to select a bottle of wine for us from their large selection.

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For our appetizer, we ordered the seafood caponata consisting of fresh swordfish, eggplant, celery, tomatoes, onions and olives. Wonderfully seasoned.

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Then for Primo, we had linguine con vongole, one of the best we have ever eaten!

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For secondo, we chose sea bass on a bed of pureed potatoes and a vegetable torte. Delectable.

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Too full for dessert, we made a reservation for the following evening, when we repeated the linguine con vongole and then chose grilled swordfish and red gamberetti for dinner. Perfect.

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Although they were not on the menu, we asked for roasted potatoes.  If only my Dad could have tasted these! Amazing, and I have a feeling Chef Gino made them up just for us.

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Since it was our last night, we also shared a tiramisu for dessert. Luscious.

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What an unexpected find in a small town overlooking Palermo, but we are so very happy we did.

Our compliments to Chef Gino, and our very best wishes to Michela and Marco for a hundred years of success in both your restaurant and your soon to be married life together!

I nostri complimenti allo Chef Gino, ed i nostri migliori auguri a Michela e Marco per un centinaio di anni di successo sia il vostro ristorante e la vostra vita presto per sposarsi insieme!

And finally, given that we ate the linguine con vongole twice, I think I’ll leave you with another picture…if only I could share the taste and aroma! Heavenly.

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Ciao,
Judy and Len

8 Responses to “Ciambra Ristorante Monreale”

  1. Patricia March 21, 2016 at 12:52 PM #

    My mouth’s watering!
    Lots of love and Buona Pasqua, just in case I forget to say it nearer the time!

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  2. jean March 21, 2016 at 4:08 PM #

    Oh no! Linguine con vongole! Al’s favorite! And TWO pictures! You sure know how to make us envious!

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    • blogginginitaly March 22, 2016 at 4:08 AM #

      I didn’t even like the dish until a few years ago, and this was incredibly good!

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  3. karenincalabria March 22, 2016 at 9:35 PM #

    Delicious! Those potatoes look grilled – very thinly sliced so I wonder if they were parboiled first or just done on the grill. They’re gorgeously presented – as was everything!

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    • blogginginitaly March 23, 2016 at 3:41 AM #

      I do have to find out if they cooked them first, I thought the same as you. They were so good!

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  4. Larsen, L R March 23, 2016 at 3:17 PM #

    The photographs stimulated the appetite and imagination
    Delicious!
    Travel on

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  5. Jane mcbryde April 4, 2016 at 2:08 PM #

    The best meal I ate in Sicily was in this town. Happy u discovered this gem!!! Luv the pics!

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