Eating Our Way Through Sicily

13 Nov

We began the day in Castroreale, a charming medieval town, too small to be included in any guidebook, but tops on our list of favorite places in Sicily. A coin toss in a cafe on the church piazza decided which of our cousins would host us for a homecooked meal. The coin toss winner was our cousin Giuseppe and his wife Lina who live in Barcellona. Lina prepared us a full course meal: pasta, followed by meat and veggies. The next course was a plate mounded with sliced Melinda apples. Then Lina placed a platter heaped with cannoli on the table. I didn’t think I’d be able to do it, but I managed to eat one large cannoli — but that wasn’t enough for Lina, who insisted we have a second cannoli. A round of horseplay ensued as Lina grabbed me and began to force feed me that extra cannoli! We were sent home with more gifts — a couple of bars of Lina’s homemade olive oil soap and a platter of dolce for each of us.

After our visit with Giuseppe and Lina we popped in to visit with Carmelo, Josephine and Silvana. we were presented with another platter of cannoli (!) but were allowed to politely decline the sweets. Even so we were each sent home with a bottle of Limoncello.

Our visits with our cousins always involve eating to excess, but plenty of laughter and good conversation always accompany the meals.

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3 Responses to “Eating Our Way Through Sicily”

  1. jody November 13, 2011 at 1:21 am #

    Great photos, I can practically taste all that good food, enjoy the rest of your trip!

  2. Tricia A. Mitchell November 13, 2011 at 6:31 am #

    Lovely images from a special place – I’m dreaming of Cannoli just seeing your pictures!

  3. silverandsage November 13, 2011 at 12:22 pm #

    You’re killing me with these food descriptions. FEED ME!!!!!

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