On our final night in Palermo, we ate at another Trip Advisor find: Il Mirto e La Rosa (The Myrtle & the Rose) - a very typical Italian restaurant, not too far from Politeama.
The best way to describe the restaurant is olde-worlde, not in a derogatory sense, just that the decor is quirky and the architecture and furnishings, quaint. The archways between each dining area are adorned with frescos of myrtles and roses, while old books and roses hang from the ceilings. The restaurant is incredibly spacious and extends a long way back - keeping the staff incredibly busy, which may explain the level of service we received... but more on that later.
As it was the final night, I decided to go all-out and have pasta - something I would never order in a restaurant! The portion sizes are always far too large for me and at home, I cannot eat white pasta. Il Mirto e La Rosa do a fantastic job of catering to dietary needs though and there's a whole section of the menu dedicated to those that can't eat gluten - with free versions of most (if not, all) of their pasta dishes. The spaghetti with clams immediately caught my eye and it definitely lived up to my expectations! There were plenty of clams, cooked in a beautiful white wine, garlic and herb sauce - and although there was far too much spaghetti for me (I usually only eat about 50g), it was cooked perfectly. Ashley chose the fillet of pork with apple sauce and that's exactly what arrived to the table - no other accompaniments. When I've been to restaurants abroad, main meat dishes have often come with some form of potatoes and a small side of vegetables or salad - but this was literally just a plate of meat. I honestly think I was as disappointed as he was - especially as there was no indication on the menu and the waitress didn't ask if he wanted any sides or accompaniments. The dish was presented well, but in essence, was only half-done.
Like the title suggests, it was a final night blow-out and we both decided to have dessert. Unfortunately, this is where the service continues to deteriorate - after a long wait, we had to ask to see the dessert menu as we weren't offered anything else to eat or drink and the menu didn't automatically come to the table. However, the list was extensive and each offering came with a recommended after-dinner drink - which I thought was a great idea, even after a bottle of wine.
I had the pistachio parfait with calvados cream and crushed pistachios - alongside a shot of calvados, which I simply could not shot in one go! The parfait was creamy, not too rich and just the right consistency. The calvados cream was subtle and I polished off the dish incredibly quickly! Ash chose the orange & pistachio mousse with dark chocolate and shot of Cointreau - which he managed to down in one! I'm not a fan of chocolate orange, or orange-based desserts generally, but the mousse looked light and lovely.
Trying to get the waitress' attention to get the bill was a bit of nightmare and we needed to ask twice before actually receiving it. A shame, as everything but the service was fine, in my opinion - and the cost of the meal was more than reasonable. Would I recommend the restaurant? Possibly. Would I return? I doubt it.
Love, Lucy xx