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RESTAURANT OF THE WEEK
A PERSONAL REVIEW OF RESTAURANTS AROUND THE WORLD

TIO PEPE
SOUTHAMPTON, BERMUDA

This lively little place is a short taxi ride away from the Southampton Princess Hotel.  It's very popular with locals and tourists and was crowded when we ate there.

It's largely an Italian restaurant but with many other options.  And prices here aren't quite a steep as at many Bermuda restaurants.

For some reason it was hotter than blazes when we were seated here.  About mid way into the meal somebody got the bright idea to flip the air conditioning on.  Why they waited so long is a mystery to me.  But it felt a lot better.

To start this one out I had to sample the island specialty Bermuda fish chowder laced with hot sherry pepper sauce and black rum and it was great.  My wife ordered some calamari and we shared it.  Again it was quite good.

For my main course I got a seafood pasta dish and my wife "had" to order a special chicken breast with a cheesy sauce.  I say "had" to order it because her first selection didn't cost enough!  For some reason this restaurant puts a minimum limit on meals and don't hold me to this but I think it's $19 a diner.  My pasta---linguini with seafood---was absolutely phenomenal. The pasta came in a wonderful rich, buttery sauce with hints of garlic, tomato and wine and the pasta had already been mixed with generous rings of calamari and baby shrimp.  Neatly surrounding the entire, huge oval shaped plate were mussels and little neck clams in their shells.  Our server did what would have been unthinkable in Italy.  He offered freshly ground parmesan cheese on the dish.  Italians never put parmesan on seafood pasta dishes.  Don't tell anybody, but I let him shave a little on my dish and it was nice!  My wife's cheesy chicken breast was tolerable but not something she'd order again.

My wife finished her meal with some sinfully rich dessert.  We can't remember just what it was.  I finished with a cup of hot, steaming coffee.

I can't rave enough about the linguini with seafood.  It was---by far---the best Italian dish I enjoyed on the island and it was one of the best pasta dishes I've ever had in the world including visits to Italy!  It was that good.


THIS LAZY KITTY WAS AT THE ENTRANCE TO TIO PEPE

Dinner with wine came to $137. If you'd like to check out their web site, click here.

ADDITIONAL BERMUDA RESTAURANT REVIEWS:

Freeport Seafood Restaurant - Royal Naval Dockyards
Hog Penny Restaurant & Pub - Hamilton
Henry VIII - Southampton
Lobster Pot - Hamilton
Pickled Onion - Hamilton
Portofino - Hamilton
Swizzle Inn - Hamilton Parish (Near the Airport)
Waterlot Inn - Southampton
Whaler Inn - Southampton
White Horse Tavern - St. George