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Gelato in Sicily

The snow of Mt. Etna provided lots of sorbets, ices and gelato-making coldness. The snow was so valuable that once a ship filled with snow on its way to Malta was captured by an ice cream hungry mob in Siracusa because their supply had run out. Sicily's old parliament was nicknamed the "ice cream parliament" because the barons were more concerned with eating frozen treats than acting.

Oct 11, 2006
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Gelato in Sicily

I'm lucky - I'm going tomorrow! Have any more suggestions for gelato or anything in Modica besides the chocolate and latte di mandorle?

Oct 11, 2006
Lacorsa in Italy

Yucatacan Markets for Cooking

We will be staying in a hacienda 45 minutes south of Merida for 10 days at Christmas time. Can anyone suggest good regional markets and/or specialty food shops in the region? We plan to eat out at several restaurants and haciendas - and have been reading the comments - but also want to experiment with some cooking of our own.

Oct 07, 2006
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Two foodies going to Palermo

I haven't been to Palermo in 6 years (spending more time in SE Sicily) but at the time I truly enjoyed Osteria dei Vespri (Piazza Croce dei Vespri beneath Palazzo Gangi of the famed ballroom scene in The Leopard). The squid stuffed with ground toasted almonds and oranges was amazing. Some traditionally-minded Sicilians have told me that they don't like it, but I found it my favorite in Palermo.

Another chef who visited recently recommends:
Antica Focacceria San Francesco
Paradiso
Trattoria Sympaty
Antica Trattoria Franco u Pescatori

Oct 03, 2006
Lacorsa in Italy

Gelato in Sicily

Interesting about the bananas! The fact that I Puritani uses only fresh fruit in season is what I found so appealing - and the taste of the nut gelato more than made up for the lack of fruit choices.

Oct 03, 2006
Lacorsa in Italy

Searching for a cook near Merida for Christmas

Our group of six friends will be renting a hacienda south of Merida for Christmas and would like to have someone cook some regional meals for us at the hacienda. Any recommendations for chefs or (more likely) local cooks who would be interested? We are not looking for fancy fare, just interesting regional dishes - and are willing to pay holiday rates and transporation. Probably looking for 2-3 dinners and/or lunches including prepared food that can be dropped off and finished by us.

Oct 03, 2006
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Gelato in Sicily

In Catania after an evening at the opera, the gelato at I Puritani at Piazza V. Bellini, 8/9 is amazing. I was there last in February when I noticed that all of the flavors featured chocolates or nuts - the only fruit flavor was banana. They replied that they would not have fruit flavors at that time of the year. The nut flavors - mandorla and nocciola - were warm and toasty as well as cold and creamy.

While you're looking for sweets, also try Nonna Vicenza and Truglio in Catania.

Oct 03, 2006
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Taormina, Siracusa, Ragusa, Agrigento, Erice restaurants?

In Modica Alta, past S. Giorgio is a good small neighborhood Hosteria called Hosteria San Benedetto: Via Nativo, 30 (www.hosteriasanbenedetto.it)with delicious regional foods and especially cheeses with condiments.

In Noto (not on your list) is Baglieri Trattoria del Crocifisso in the upper town at Via Principe Umberto, 48 with good regional food and nice wines: www.trattoriadelcrodifisso.it.

When flying in or out of Catania (which is worth a visit - it's beautiful) try the amazingly fresh and flavorful gelato at I Puritani near the Teatro Massimo Bellini on Piazza V. Bellini 8/9. In the winter they only served nut and chocolate ice cream since fruits were not in season (except banana). They all tasted freshly roasted.

Oct 03, 2006
Lacorsa in Italy