Monday 19 August 2013

Al Giardino di Bianca, Donnafugata, Sicily

One of a clutch of restaurants and bars clustered around Donnafugata Castle, Al Giardino di Bianca offers a wide array of keenly-priced dishes. However, its upstairs terrace, overlooking the floodlit castle, can be half empty on a Sunday evening, even in August. Still, there are tasteful black and white prints of the Val di Noto on the yellow walls. And you should be able to find something appealing on the lengthy menu, which has a big selection of meat and fish dishes, plus respectable pizzas and pasta dishes. If you aren't that hungry, a good choice is a local Ragusa dish - decent ravioli in a thick tomato sauce containing a couple of big lumps of fatty pork. It isn't that large, but tastes good and costs only 7.50 euros.  The wine lists start at about 12 euros for a bottle and there are five wines available in half bottles at 8 euros apiece, but they can be a bit rough. The waiters, who wear white shirts and black waistcoats, don't speak much English, but they are friendly and welcoming. A worthy, but unexciting restaurant, Al Giardino di Bianca can lack atmosphere. 6/10
Black and white prints of the Val di Noto adorn the walls of Al Giardino di Bianca