Like many reviewers, we too got the last free lunch table - only twenty minutes after they opened, on a very low-key Thursday lunch. I can assure readers that this is not a ploy - during our lunch, there must have been twenty disappointed couples turned away. I stress this point to advise booking, if you intend making Nerodiseppia your destination for lunch or dinner - and boy, you really should.
The restaurant looks innocuous from the outside but the interior is cozy and charmingly eclectic. I must add that while the temperature outside was over thirty degrees centigrade, inside was an air-conditioned oasis. Worth a visit for that alone.
The menu is concise and primarily fish focused. I started with an astonishingly good trio of anchovies, which were as far removed from what you believe anchovies taste like, as you could get. The most surprising rendition was a twist on the Venetian classic “sarde in saor” but this time, done with anchovies - utterly delicious. As I babbled on about how wonderful my starter was, my wife sat with a look of awe on her face and she said, “Never mind those, taste these aubergine "fries”. How the chef had prepared these aubergine “fries”, was miraculous. As a keen amateur chef I can assure you that I could not have duplicated the sweetness of the aubergine and above all, the absolute lack of excess oil. Dry, crisp, sweet and utterly delicious, which actually overshadowed the focus of her starter - tuna carpaccio - also first class.
We both had a pasta course, with my wife's linguine with vongole, courgette and tomato beating my spaghetti dressed with tuna bottarga. You have to like fish a lot to choose this, as the flavour of bottarga is quite strong - but still delicious.
Desserts were of the same high standard. The Italian food guide that recommend Nerodiseppia noted that the chef’s speciality was “millefoglie” and as soon as my wife heard this, (and spotted it on an adjacent table), she ordered it. Complete with Chantilly cream and fresh “fruits of the forest”. I had an equally delicious whisky semifreddo with nuts.
Coffee was as good as you would expect from the home of coffee and the meal was accompanied by an excellent Friuliano from Livio Felluga. Service was exemplary. The entire meal cost €95 which was, (in my humble opinion at least), an absolute bargain. This is the kind of place my wife and I love. Not a place where the food has been made (shudder) “Instagram-able” but where ingredients and craft are the focus. I couldn't give it more than five but if I could - I would. If you're in Trieste and you miss this place, it would be a huge mistake.
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