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Friday, December 22, 2017

Catania, Italy: Want A Great Meal? Try Orazio's Antique Courtyard ... NOW

Antico Cortile da Orazio
Via Monsignor Ventimiglia 15
95131 Catania, (Sicily) Italy
Phone number +39 324 5455887
Prices: €€€€

Wow! Great little trattoria off the beaten path with local recipes, fish and meat, friendly owners and reasonable prices ... HOOAH!

The homemade breadsticks, coated in sesame seeds were the best I have ever had and the accompanying fresh, local bread baked to perfection. A liter of vino locale, a deep red Nero d' Avola (€8), was the perfect accompaniment for my birthday meal.

For my primo, I had the Penne alla Norma (€8), a traditional and typically Sicilian primo (first course), a simple pasta with tomato sauce and eggplant. It was superb, so I did not have to add a thing unlike pasta dishes in many restaurants. and the Scaloppine alla Pizzaiola (€8) was, as my dad used to say, "tender as a whore's heart" and delicious.

My wife had the Spaghetti alla Carbonara (€7), telling the chef, Orazio, that it was the best she has had (except for mime of course), bold praise from a native Sicilian. Her Bistecca al Cipole (steak and onions - €8) was also tender a yummy.

We finished with a Chocolate Souffle (€4) that was to die for. Moist and warm, it rivaled souffles I have had at 5-Star restaurants on Rodeo Drive and at 1/4 to 1/3 the price! A nice glass of grappa (€3) rounded out the meal.

The owners are from Catania, recently having moved home from Frankfurt, opening this wonderful trattoria just two months ago. You will not find a better value in Catania whether it is meat or fish you are craving. A MUST if visiting or living in the beautiful City of Catania, Antico Cortile da Orazio is THE BOMB!
CombatCritic Gives Antico Cortile da Orazio 10 Bombs Out Of 10 And A Spot On My "Wall of Fame" ... More Bombs Are Better ... HOOAH!

Ten Bombs Equates To:

Translation for Civilians: 

HOOAH!: "Phonetic spelling of the acronym HUA, which stands for 'Heard Understood Acknowledged.' Originally used by the British in the late 1800's in Afghanistan. More recently adopted by the United States Army to indicate an affirmative or a pleased response." - Urban Dictionary

"The Department of Military Science and Leadership, University of Tennessee claim HOOAH 'refers to or means anything except no' ... Regardless of its meaning ... the term is an expression of high morale, confidence, motivation and spirit." -

"The U.S. Air Force stole 'HOOAH' from the Army because we were part of the Army until 1947 and rather than waste a bunch of time coming up with something new and unique like "ROO-YAH" or "HAL-A-LOO-YAH", we said 'screw it, let's go with HOOAH' ... thanks Army ... HOOAH!" - CombatCritic

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