Tag Archives: Sicily

Panna cotta all’arancia e pistacchio di Bronte

Some days, I tell Stefano that I might just drop everything and become a pastry chef.  Specifically, an Italian pastry chef.  A pasticciere. There’s truly nothing more spectacular, in our humble opinion, than Italian pastries and desserts.  Delicate, nuanced flavors; … Continue reading

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La Sicilia! A Photo-Essay

The fall colors are at their peak, and local newspaper headlines warn, Some Minnesotans Could Wake Up Saturday to a Blanket of Snow. Our Sicilian vacation is a distant memory.  With the fire place radiating warmth and and a glass … Continue reading

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Bed and Breakfast Mammaliturchi

Minneapolis to Frankfurt. Frankfurt to Rome. A loud and crazy birthday party in Rome for three splendid 5-year-olds, and then off the next morning to Catania. With Etna in the distance rising above the hilly landscape, we drove through the … Continue reading

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Pasta alla norma

We’ve been trip planning. This July we will return to Italy, stopping in Rome to visit family and then proceeding on to Sicily. The largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, Sicily has been at the crossroads of Western civilization for … Continue reading

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An Italian Vacation

We had driven kilometers and kilometers along curvy mountain roads after leaving the Autostrada A1.  Outside, the July Tuscan heat was stifling. When we finally pulled up to Il Borro and saw the stately cypress lining the gravel path leading … Continue reading

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The Best Gelato

Journalist Joe Ray just had the assignment of a lifetime – traveling around Sicilia in search of the perfect gelato, for The Wall Street Journal. He found true master artisanal gelato-makers: using local-sourced ingredients: “Gelateries worth their salt follow the … Continue reading

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