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Dec 31, 2007 06:56 AM

Authentic Sicilian food in Gloucester!

After returning from nine months living in Rome and Palermo I was craving some authentic Sicilian and Southern Italian cuisine and, I have to say, I was pretty impressed with La Trattoria on Main Street in Gloucester.

I got the Pasta a la Trattoria, which I could have easily been served up on Via Roma in Palermo. And I had my boyfriend order the Arrabiata, which was well-reminiscent of a dish I used to get at my favorite Roma bistro.

Both dishes were under $15 and we had enough to take home. Sadly, we were too short on time to order appetizers or dessert. I wonder if anyone else has been recently and what their thoughts are.

La Trattoria seems to be in a "doomed" storefront. It never seems that restaurants there last; they just can't seem to fill the tables. It would be a shame to lose such an authentic restaurant, especially in a city that touts its Italian heritage. All of Gloucester's other places are pretty much pizza joints and sub shops that serve pasta dishes. La Trattoria is the real deal and, in my humble opinion, a gem.

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  1. When I was in Erice and around Trapani I had the most wonderful pesto called Pesto Trapanese. I tried to make it myself once and it was a disaster, and I've yet to find it at any restaurant here. Maybe when I win the lottery I'll fulfill my dream of opening up an authentic sicilian restaurant. Pasta alla norma, pesto trapanese, spaghetti con la sarde, stinco (braised pork shank), linguine con pesce spada, yum

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    1. re: tamerlanenj

      I've seen Imported Pesto Trapanese at the Lawrence location of All Things Sicilian:
      They carry some high quality items. Wonder if it's worth trying out to see if it's close to what you had in Italy?