For all the Italian restaurants on the island there are many whose sauces don’t stand up – or pasta that does when it shouldn’t! Al dente is great, chewy is not. In the south, we have Sandro’s in Palma and the sister Ritzi restaurants which we love. When we heard about Ostería N15 in Port de Pollença, we were hopeful. We had heard mediocre reviews of the restaurant in the past, but the new owners and co-Chefs Roberto Maggioni y Stefano Pellucchi have given a good reason to make the trek to the north.
On first arrival, one might be a bit taken aback by the sheer size of the terrace – enormous and often packed. Obviously lots of well-researched tourists and second-home owners in the port have heard about the good food at Ostería N15. We wonder if it has been oversold. Then we sigh with relief. The terrace of Ostería N15 turns out to be buzzing with loyal locals and returning regulars, along with a fair number of British tourists. The interior of the restaurant is tasteful with Italian memorabilia and black and white posters on the wall.
A favourite dish on the menu? The bruschetta, the antipasti, the trio of crostini – all Mediterranean – are melt-in-your-mouth delicious. The scallop and shrimp ravioli with lobster is a bit steep, but worth every rich bite. The orata alla ligure (seabream fillet in tomato sauce ) felt a bit bland in comparison. But all was redeemed with the Angus beef lasagne, the layers of flavour were hit with each layer of the pasta. For dessert, we had the Affogato al caffe, with delicious homemade ice-cream.We loved the selection of local wines, as well as the photos on the inside walls that say “we don’t take ourselves too seriously here”.
Why eat here? An after dinner walk away from the bustling harbour toward the pines on the boardwalk, where La Fortaleza glitters at night and the mountains of Formentor rise above the sea are a scene straight out of ’The Night Manager‘.