Gelato Dreams

What’s your favorite flavor? Because on this, a day scientists have cited as the most depressing day of the year, dreams of gelato in Sicily can cheer us all up. Here’s a selection available from one of my favorite spots: La Rotunda in Casteldaccia, Palermo Province.

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…

Palermo’s Hand-held Cuisine

This weekend in Palermo was the Panoramvs Street Food festival. Organized by Palermo’s civic government with support from the Milan Expo 2015, the Street Food Festival celebrated the city’s world-famous hand-held cuisine including pane cà meusa (veal spleen sandwich, pictured), panelle (chickpea flower fritters), cazzilli (potato fritters) arancine (rice balls), sfincioni (flatbread baked with tomato/anchiovies/caciocavallo…

Here Comes the Cassata

There is much debate about the origins of cassata cake, but one thing is clear: it is as elaborate as the Baroque architecture one finds throughout Sicily–and it is as decadent. So much so, that until the mid-20th century, cassata was only eaten by the masses on Easter Sunday. Cassata is made up of sponge…