If you try going out for dinner on a Friday night in West without a reservation, you won’t be getting a table anywhere worth eating. In Oost, on the other hand, there’s a good chance you’ll wander into somewhere half empty (at least in my buurt), assume that means it’s terrible, and walk straight out again. Which is a mistake I’m glad I didn’t make last Friday at Sicilian restaurant Le Due Sicilie, just down the road from my new Eastside abode. We walked past looking surreptitiously through the windows at the basic décor and wondering whether the one other table with a customer at it might make for enough atmosphere. Luckily for us, we chanced it – and we were richly rewarded.
After the largest antipasti known to Italy we barely needed anything more, but we were desperate to try the pasta. So we opted for a bowl of Ziti spezzati alla Genovese, which in layman’s terms denotes tubular pasta with a slow-cooked beef ragù and lashings of pecorino. It was perfect, and was excellently complemented by the Nero d’Avola.
Dinner came to around €70 for the two of us, and they even put a cork in our bottle of wine so we could take the remainder home with us. In fact, the servers were lovely all round. I’m not sure if we actually met “le due Sicilie” who own the place, but if not then I hope to next time. Because there will definitely be a next time – and the sooner the better.