Sicily is located in the Mediterranean Sea in the southwestern part of the Italian Peninsula, and you can enjoy small plates called "Assagini" ("tasting" in Italian) and pasta made with fresh seafood with wine. It seems that it is a method of.
Even in Taormina, about 30 people are lined up along the outer wall from the entrance, but the total number of seats is 81, so it seems that you can enter in the first round. After that, when the store opened, there was a line of about 40 people. Even after the store opened, the number of customers did not stop, and about 10 people were always in line.
Inside the store, the table seats are on the right and the counter seats are on the left. There are 8 seats at the counter, and if you go with two people, you can choose a table or a counter if it is available. Even one person could easily enter, and three groups of "one person" visited the store on that day.
The kitchen is open and you can watch the chefs cook outside the store or at the counter.
The lunch menu is available in 3 sets with different contents. "Pranzo A" is salad + primo. "Pranzo B" is 3 kinds of appetizers + primo + dolce. "Pranzo C" is 3 kinds of appetizers + primo + second + dolce. All sets come with bread, coffee or tea.
Primo means "first" in Italian, and in Italian cuisine it means pasta, risotto, soup, etc. The second means "second". It is said that they eat meat dishes and fish dishes, which is the main dish in French cuisine.
At Taormina, you can choose from 8 primos, 2 seconds and 3 dolce (desserts) to order.
The most recommended primo is "raw sea urchin spaghetti". It is a popular menu at the Waikiki store in Hawaii, and it is said that you can enjoy the taste of fresh sea urchin because it is soaked in water with the same salt concentration as seawater. It seems that it became a hot topic among foodies around the world.
Another recommendation is the Sicilian specialty "sardines and fennel bucatini". This is also a popular menu at the Waikiki store. Bucatini is a noodle that is thicker and longer than usual, and is characterized by a chewy texture.
The most popular item at the Grand Front Osaka store is "Pearl Mozzarella and Marinara Spaghetti with Small Shrimp", which is accented with the scent of garlic.
In addition, there are plenty of non-pasta menus such as pizza fritters, risotto, and brioche sandwiches.
I ordered "sardines and fennel bucatini". Fennel, which is abundant in the sauce, is a herb native to the Mediterranean coast and is often used to deodorize fish. In addition, the sauce contains raisins and pine nuts to eliminate the fishiness of the sardines and enhance the taste. The thick noodles with a chewy texture are often entwined with sauce and have an exquisite taste. It is a Sicilian dish that often uses seafood.
The bread for lunch is onions and tomatoes. Onion bread is spicy and goes great with pasta sauce! Please try it with sauce. The tomato bread is bright red inside, but it is not spicy and you can enjoy the moderate tomato scent.
By the way, I entered the store at the same time as the store opened, and it was around 11:45 when I finished the checkout and left the store. There were about 20 people in the line.
On weekdays, lunch time is from 11:00 to 15:00, cafe time is from 15:00 to 16:30, and dinner time is from 17:00 to 23:00, and it seems that lunch time is especially crowded. It is highly likely that you will have a short waiting time if the store opens at 11:00 or between 14:00 and 15:00.
It is said that the store is always full on holidays, and the only time to enter it relatively smoothly is when the store opens, but like weekdays, it will settle down a little around 14:00. It seems that you can order the lunch menu if you enter the store by 15:00, so if you can't make it in time for 11 o'clock, you may want to aim for the 14:00 level.
Of course, the other shops on the 7th floor are also in a long line! Not to mention the large procession of Brasserie Rubin, most of the other Western and Italian restaurants had a waiting number of around 15 people. It's been about two months since the opening of Grand Front Osaka, but it seems that the line of restaurants will continue.