Palaiologou 52, 22438538, LEFKOSIA (NICOSIA)
Mon – Sun 7.15pm – 11.15pm 
Food: ★★★½☆ 3.5/5
Service: ★★★½☆ 3.5/5
Ambiance: ★★★½☆ 3.5/5

I have always thought finding proper Italian restaurants in Cyprus is a struggle. Surely there are standard pasta dishes and a few pizzas here and there, mostly as a part of the international (and –in my opinion- impersonal), menu Da Paolo restaurant Nicosiathat we seem to love. But I am talking about trattorias/osterias, wooden ovens, pastas and cotoletta alla Milanese. In my search for such a restaurant I realized that actually, there is one right in front of me and has been there for more than 15 years now. One that I have always loved but has recently been re-added to my “regular” restaurants list.
One of the reasons it is still going strong after all is I think the classic Italian atmosphere which still does the trick all these years later. The combination of high ceilings, red checked table cloths, brick walls and a wooden pizza oven create a pleasant, casual and buzzing atmosphere to be enjoyed on any day of the week. We went on a Tuesday night in February and it was almost full. I think this says a lot about the love “Lefkosiates” have for this place.
The menu is mainly Italian with a bit of a local touch. Pizza, pasta and some meat/fish dishes are of course on offer, together with a list of starters and salads. Our freshly prepared rocket salad with sundried tomatoes, feta and balsamic vinegar was quite tasty with a refreshing flavour while the bruschette with parmesan and chopped tomatoes were crispy and light with a nice touch of pesto. The highlight was as expected, the pizza. In fact it was even better Da Paolo restaurant Nicosiathat I remembered it. The crust was thin and crispy while the fresh toppings were sprinkled on top in generous amount. We also had the breaded fried chicken fillet (more like a cotoletta alla Milanese), which was tender and flavoursome with a crispy crust, while the flat-cut chips were a good addition to the dish.
Our experience was better than just a positive experience but more of a great surprise as I haven’t been to Da Paolo for some time. The prices were reasonable as almost all the dishes were less than 10euros, the ambiance was relaxed and easy-going but the buzz made one feel that it was a proper night out. Another restaurant has been added to the “regulars” list!

www.dapaolorestaurant.com

Pumpkin Coconut Soup

Pumpkin Coconut Soup

January 23, 2019
Beef Bourgoignon

Beef Bourgoignon

December 27, 2018
Mammalena

Mammalena

November 29, 2018
Buffalo Wings and Rings

Buffalo Wings and Rings

November 28, 2018
Roast Duck

Roast Duck

November 28, 2018
Salted Caramel Brownies

Salted Caramel Brownies

November 27, 2018
Pizza Mine

Pizza Mine

November 21, 2018

Share

About Author

proud cypriot

(4) Readers Comments

  1. Been there a few times, it’s just okay italian food, nothing to go crazy about, but quite reasonable prices, can’t see why the “€€€” on your critique.

  2. I usually pay aroudn 25-30€ each with a pizza or chicken souvlaki, and sharing starters and reasonable amount of drinks…Did you pay less than 20€?!
    PS they often host stand up comedy shows by Paris Erotokritou that is quite good (25€ including dinner and the show ticket).

  3. The pizza is baked in wooden oven, which is good. Unfortunately, cheese used for the pizza was very bad, like rubber. Chicken (Pollo alla Romana) lacks taste, I’am afraid even the one served in IKEA is better.

  4. Really missed that place!! Probably the only Italian restaurant in Nicosia that has it all

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *