Palermo is Hot 

As I mentioned over the past weeks, after years of working to change the city, the citizens of Palermo are embracing a Renaissance. In the April issue of Dream of Italy newsletter and blog, there are two articles I composed about the ancient port city: one about street food and why it’s a fantastic time…

When the Pavement Is Dry

Quanno i balati ra Vucciria s’asciucanu … is a Sicilian expression that means, When the pavement of the Vucciria [market] is dry. In other words, we would say, When Hell freezes over. The irony of this well-known Palermitano idiom is that today, the significance of the Vucciria market is fading and the pavement, which was…

Warm Sfincione

Warm sfincione, or “sfinciuni” in Sicilian, served directly from the street vendor is a real treat. Palermo-style (There are different recipes in each town.) is a flat bread with a sauce of tomatoes, anchovies, and Caciocavallo cheese baked into it with some oregono and breadcrumbs sprinkled on top. This one has a tomato slice baked…

La Vucciria market is a feast for the eyes. Dried fruit and roasted nuts are only some of the hundreds of delights available daily in this outdoor maze of stalls and vendors hawking their bounties. #palermo #lavucciria #vucciria #driedfruit #fruttasecca #nuts #noce #dates #datteri #sicily #sicilia #sicily_tourism #italy #ig_sicily #italia #siciliaph #siciliafoto #igerssicilia #instasicilia #ig_sicily…