I’m arriving in Sicily from New York on Tuesday, which is very exciting; however, that means I’m going to miss this: The Sherbeth Festival Internazionale del Gelato Artigianale. You got it right: an international festival of artisanal gelato! Right in Palermo’s city center on Corso Vittorio Emanuele at Via Maqueda to Piazza Bologni, all weekend,…
Finish It Off
Because one can never have enough gelato on a stick.
Some Things Don’t Change
My father, who was 8 years old when this photo was taken, happily gets a gelato (probably chocolate, knowing him!) from the guys (Nicola, Toto, and Toto “Il Grande”) at Bar Aurora in Bagheria. The photo was taken by my uncle Stefano in 1950.
This Way, You Can Taste More than One
In recent years, gelato in Sicily has taken on a new form. It still is in the old form too (in a cup, a cone, or my favorite, stuffed in a brioche!), but these small portions on a stick (pictured), offer us the advantage of being able to try multiple flavors in one sitting!
We Kiss Hands
Gelato ad, Palermo. “Don Gelato. We kiss hands and you lick your mustache. New, for gourmands.”
Forget Time: Brioche con Gelato
Sicilians are deeply rooted in the cult of the Madonna. They possess a profound respect for motherhood, because as an agricultural society, their livelihoods have always depended on Mother Earth. (Keep in mind that Sicily’s hinterlands have supplied wheat to much of Europe for multiple millennia.) Therefore, it’s no surprise that images that pay homage…