Quick Palermo Report
Back from a long weekend in Palermo. Thanks to everyone who has ever said a good word about Sant'Andrea on this board. It is a truly excellent restaurant and perhaps one of the best I have visited in Italy. Aside from this restaurant here are a few more Palermo observations.
Antica Focacceria San Francesco is closed until April for renovations.
Trattoria Shanghai featured in Fred Plotkin's "Italy for the Gourmet Traveller" is definitely not gourmet but pretty close to Italian "Roadfood" if that's your thing. It was like going to someone's house for lunch. They have a catbird seat above the Vucciria market. Side note on that, I wasn't adventurous enough to sample the boiled octopus being sold off a broken table in the middle of the square below but quite a few people dropped by to scarf a limb.
Wanted to visit Maestro di Brodo which is in Touring Club Italy's "Authentic Sicily" but it is closed Sun. nights. As a follow up, Sun evening in Palermo is not the best time to dine.
Even if you only have a long weekend in Palermo go to Agrigento if history and ruins are your thing. It's two hrs on a pretty scenic train and an amazing destination.