Osteria Antica Marina
28 April 2014 | Catania
We took a few days holidays from our boat and drove to Catania to breath some city air. This place has a lot to offer, but........
We followed the Lonely Planet recommendation and went to the Osteria Antica Marina today for lunch. As a starter we shared the large marinated seafood, which was more or less tasteless. Some shrimps, chopped red tuna, kind of seaweed etc. , everything fresh, but tasteless. We tried to improve it by adding salt, pepper and olive oil, something we never had to do before on our various visits to restaurants all over Sicily, but it didn't help much. Oh , yes, I forgot to mention it, the pepper mill was put empty on our table. We ordered a bottle of Fondo Forlo Etna Bianco and they didn't bother to put it into a cooler. Okay, the wine was not good either, but I have to blame myself, because I ordered something I've never tried before. And for € 18.- surely overpriced. The grissini were almost black. We fought with the starter, the face of my beloved wife was getting longer and longer and before we could finish, they served already the primi piatti. I really can not remember that has ever happened to us before: either we have been asked, if we are ready or the waiters waited until we finished, cleaned up the table and then served the next course. The pasta , shrimps with almond pasta and spada with melanzane were both soso, each with € 13.50 overpriced for the quality. When I explained all of this, he asked, if I don't like swordfish pasta with eggplant. For sure I like, but this here was just not good. I politely declined his offer to serve us another pasta dish.
There are many good restaurants in Catania, no need to come here again.