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Antica Focacceria San Francesco, Palermo

58 Via Alessandro Paternostro
Palermo , Sicily
Tel: 39 091 320 264's insider take:

Open since 1834, this absurdly picturesque place—with its Juliet balconies, blooming window boxes, and frescoed, stained-glass facade—has wisely hitched its wagon to the Slow Food movement. (Founded in Italy, this school of thought advocates sustainable farming; local, seasonal ingredients; and minimally processed food.) Consequently, both the indoor dining room serving ready-made pastas and contorni (vegetable side dishes), and the covered terrace serving wood-fired pizzas, are excellent bets. The eatery's most famous dish is milza—focaccia stuffed with fresh ricotta, grated parmesan, and sautéed veal spleen—and, yes, it is delicious. If you're too full for dessert, get something to go from the bakery counter; the selection of cakes and artisanal breads is divine.

Closed Tuesdays.

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