|Eggplants at Mercato di Capo - Palermo|
This is complete vanity. Palermo is a fascinating place. These are the highlights. The wine will follow. But there is a saying in Sicily, “Porta cu tia e mancia cu mia” (Bring the food and eat with me).
Without food, wine is incomplete.
Palermo is a walking city and walk we did. All around the old historic center, two of the important open markets, a special selection of local spots and a trip to a macabre spot, the Catacombe dei Cappuccini. It’s always good to remember we will not be here forever, regardless of our wealth or our station in life.
That said, these last two days were a dream. Every time I thought I was near someplace I was looking for it was a matter of a block or two away. My life as a tour guide, albeit a short one, is looking good so far.
For now we are on our way into the country of Sicily. Harvest is on. We are here also for the wine. For now, feast your eyes on the food, some of the most glorious food in Italy. But we are in Sicily, which is another reality. You must come.
|Zucca, Broccolo and Cuccuzza at Mercato di Capo - Palermo|
Gioacchino Campanella - Buon “quarumaru” and the search for the quintessential Pane ca Meusa
|Gioacchino Campanella ~ Buon “quarumaru” outside Mercato di Capo|
|Sausage Paul enjoying a beer and Gioacchino Campanella's Pane ca Meusa|
|Street Food - Pizzette and Crocchè Palermitane|
|Street Food - Caponata di Melanzane|
|Street Food - antipasti- pomodori, funghi, melanzane|
|Street Food - Panelle, fritelle|
|Street Food - Parmigiana di melanzane|
|Street Food - Sarde fritte|
|Trattoria Ai Cascinare - polpette di melanzane|
|Trattoria Ai Cascinare - Insalata Palermitane|
|Trattoria Ai Cascinare - Panelle & Fritelle Misti|
|Trattoria Ai Cascinare - Pesce Spada al trancio|
|Insalata di Mare - Osteria Ballarò|
|Gamberoni marinati alla "Siciliana"|
|Spaghetti alla Ballarò - vongole, ricci, gamberi|
|Espresso ristretto - not lungo, not doppio...|
Thanks to Manuela Laiacona for her always invaluable guidance...
Sicily 2013: Palermo "Full Immersion"
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