Oh, how much La Vucciria market in Palermo has changed over the last few years! It gets its name because it used to be a butchery (fish and meat) with vendors singing their sales at the top of their lungs from crowded stalls and carts. Not so much anymore (at least during the day). Now,…
Drinking Sangue In Palermo
Yes, “Sangue,” meaning blood. It’s a sweet wine typical to Palermo–a cross between Marsala and Zibibbo. The locals drink it at the Taverna Azzurra in La Vucciria market. And here, Eric and I are raising a glass–definitely to a sweeter time. Hang in there, we’ll get through this! I got through drinking Sangue, after all….
The Other Vucciria in Sicily
This sea cave in Lo Zingaro Nature Preserve is called the Vucciria, just like the market in Palermo, because when the birds are hanging out here, they create a cacophony of sounds, much like those heard in the storied meat, fish, and vegetable market. Speaking of markets… Experience Sicily will be at the New York…
Tuesday Afternoon At The Market
Afternoon at the Vucciria market, Palermo
Vucciria Market’s New Energy
Last September during our street food tour of Palermo, I spotted this T-shirt while we were in La Vucciria market. It exemplifies how different the market is today than it was years ago (and that I am a geek for anything Palermitano and cannoli-related!). La Vucciria gets its name from an ancient Sicilian word for…
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…
Form and Function with La Vucciria
If I rode a scooter in Sicily, this is the helmet I would want: One that has Renato Guttuso’s (1912-1987) renowned painting La Vucciria (1974) imprinted on it. I saw this one not far from the entrance to the famed Vucciria market on Via Roma in Palermo.
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…
Pane cà meusa and Me… and You
A photo of yours truly in Palermo’s Vucciria street market reveling in the glory of assembling my pane cà meusa (veal spleen sandwich) with Unti e Bisunti’s Chef Rubio. Don’t forget to splash it with lemon juice for an extra tang! As you can see, I delight in experiencing Sicily. I also delight in sharing…
Photo of Photos in La Vucciria
Old photos of some of Sicily’s Arab-Norman gems (middle left: Cefalù’s cathedral; lower right: Chiesa San Cataldo) photographed in Palermo’s Vucciria Market.