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ISO Traditional Sicilian Restaurant

MellieGal Dec 29, 2008 04:44 PM

I am in search of a fabulous Sicilian restaurant specializing in traditional Sicilian cuisine. I am also in need of suggestions on traditional dishes and desserts, particulary those which highlight Arab influence.


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  1. bobjbkln RE: MellieGal Dec 29, 2008 07:46 PM

    Ferdinando's in the Columbia St. Neighborhood; Joe's of Ave. U in Bensonhurst. Not sure about the Arab influence in either.

    Joe's of Avenue U
    287 Avenue U, Brooklyn, NY 11223

    Ferdinando's Focacceria
    151 Union St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

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      MellieGal RE: bobjbkln Dec 30, 2008 06:38 PM

      Thanks for the info. Which is the nicest of the two for a sit down dinner with guests, and which is the more relaxed? Is one more pricey than the other?

      1. re: MellieGal
        bobjbkln RE: MellieGal Dec 30, 2008 07:48 PM

        Ferdinando's is a very comfortable, homey place. Joe's is larger and somewhat more, how should I put it, "upscale plasticky". Perhaps you would prefer that with guests. Joe's has a much larger menu, too. But I prefer Ferdinando's for it's old world charm. They are both quite inexpensive, Ferdinando's more so.

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      razeup RE: MellieGal Dec 31, 2008 08:45 PM

      The meat in the arancina at Ferdinando's is spiced similiarly to some middle eastern places I've been, especially an Afghan place on St. Marks in Greenwich Village (Khyper Pass?). Not sure about Joe's, I haven't been yet

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      1. re: razeup
        MellieGal RE: razeup Jan 2, 2009 04:32 PM

        Thanks, "Bobjbklyn" and "Razeup" for your advice. I will try Ferdinando's first and let you know.

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