Pastella: Another Dream from Palermo’s Menu

A snippet from the article I wrote for Dream of Italy‘s April issue about Palermo and its street food… Pastelle, pictured, are deep-fried, hand-held dreams. Vegetables such as broccoli, carduna, artichoke hearts, eggplant, and squash are coated with a thick flour-and-water batter, while sardines are lightly battered. One could compare them with Japanese tempura, yet with a thicker coat of semolina flour. 

The vendor will hand them to you half wrapped in a piece of thin paper. Ask for a few extra pieces to catch the juices that will drip down your arm as you sink your teeth into them. You’ll find these in Il Capo market, right near Porta Carini. 

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