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San Martino day: Biscotti di San Martino, sunshine, vino novello and frittelle.

San Martino day: Biscotti di San Martino, sunshine, vino novello and frittelle.

Every year, on San Martino's day, Italians celebrate eating frittelle and enjoying the first taste of novello wine. In Sicily San Martinu is a very popular day and, like in the rest of Italy, each area prepares traditional sweets from Biscotti di San Martino in Palermo to crispeddi (special frittters) in the South-East of Sicily.

Interview to filmmaker Philipp Kaindl

Interview to filmmaker Philipp Kaindl

Two weeks ago I wrote a post about a really interesting blog and documentary project called Sgarbiville that I had found, dealing with the town of Salemi and the art critic Vittorio Sgarbi, who is not Sicilian and does not live in the town, becoming mayor and putting some old houses up for sale at €1 each.

Stragusto, Street Food Festival and Panelle Recipe

Stragusto, Street Food Festival and Panelle Recipe

Last week-end on the opposite side of the island, in Trapani, the event Stragusto celebrated street food with the first Mediterranean street food festival.
Sicily is famous for the quality and variety of traditional street food. You buy them from street hawkers in the markets, especially in Palermo and Catania, or in dedicated shops (rosticcerie). There is an amazing range: panelle, arancine, scacci, sfincioni, focacce, crespelle, pane ca meusa, etc.

Did you know a Sicilian guy created the first café in Paris in 1686, the famous Café Procope?

Did you know a Sicilian guy created the first café in Paris in 1686, the famous Café Procope?

I recently realized that many people in Sicily and abroad do not know that Sicilian born Francesco Procopio dei Coltelli is undoubtedly one of the most influential individuals in the history of gelato and the founder of the oldest café in Paris(1686): "Le Procope".

Procopio perfected a machine invented by his grandfather Francesco, a fisherman who dedicated his free time to the creation of an ice-making machine able to produce top quality gelato.

Interview to Toni Lydecker

Last October (2007) we had the great pleasure of meeting food writer Toni Lydecker during her trip around the island doing research for her forthcoming book on Sicilian fish and seafood.

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