Italian in Odesa

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You'd need to hire an army of culinary detectives to find better pasta between here and Italy, but your chances would still be low. The restaurant occupies a large wooden terrace with an open kitchen, which churns out platefuls of magic – try spaghetti with local sardines. Waiters are humorous and if you understand Russian, you'll appreciate their Jewish-influenced 'Odesa speak'.

Warning: they'll attempt to put a hilarious paper napkin on your neck, which makes serious people look like toddlers.