What is an antipasto? If you come to Lillicu, a traditional and long established Cagliari restaurant (we went to via Dei Carroz 14 in Cagliari, tel +39-070-502959, although the main venue is considered to be the one in Via Sardegna 78, still in Cagliari, tel +39-070-652970), don’t expect one of those penurious oh so pretty micro amuse bouche that sometimes begin your starvation in Michelin starred establishments. Here at Lillico, a mixed fish starter is something for real men (and women):
Cozze (i.e.mussles) marinara, succulent, yummissime.
Tuna ‘Scabeccio’, where sweet and sour marry harmoniously, with great tomatoes, and behind, a different combination of tuna and tomato, in excellent olive oil.
‘Gianchetti’, baby fish, fried in the lightest of batters and with utmost delicacy – a real cooking lesson to some pretentious restaurants we know of.
Not satisfied yet? Well there is also this:
Prawns presented in a scallop shell and garnished with béchamel sauce.
This, ladies and gentleman, is an antipasto in a traditional, basic Italian trattoria.
To fuel our gigantic amounts of swimming we need gigantic amounts of food. So we don’t stop there. We also have
Tasty, not at the same level as Da Barbara but almost, and this is a big compliment.
And also a mixed grill (we asked for a reduced portion…)
It’s a cernia chunk, a squid, and king prawns: all local, all fresh, all cooked perfectly, all delicious.
Want to clean your mouth after all this fish?
Here is a bite of vegetables:
And now, really, there’s only room for a coffee.
The cost of all this, including house wine, €70. Lillicu is a very basic place where you should not take your poshest friends who wish to stay away form the inferior classes: only come with people who enjoy real, great, flavoursome seafood.