Loving the beaches of Sicily even in the Winter
Last Sunday, we attended a get together lunch with old and new friends at the meeting hall of Chiesa di Santa Maria di Portosalvo in the beautiful resort town of Pozzallo. There was a long array of delicious potluck food and dessert but my attention was drawn to this crusty chiacchiere, It is normally prepared in strips so this rosette shape is really special.
Days prior, I’ve always heard and read about this speciality as a very popular ltalian pastry traditionally served during the Carnival season. I finally got to taste it here and love it! Wonder if they’re still selling it at our local pasticceria now that the Carnival is over….
It’s the Carnival season in Italy so expect to see children in their costumes walking the streets accompanied by their fashionable mamas (and sometimes papas)
We are bingeing on some pastries to go with our midmorning coffee so I made it the theme of my walk today to do pastry-shop-scouting that incorporates strenuous walking. I was not disappointed because the one I chose amongst the many pasticcerias around Noto as shown on Google map had me scaling up to the top of the town through steeply ascending alleys, panting and puffing in the rain, yes, it was drizzling but that’s part of the thrill.
Reaching my destination I noticed the store’s signage with an image of John F. Kennedy as the one we regularly drive past but never thought it to be a pastry shop. A bar, yes, but not a house of sweets although it would be interesting to know the connection between the US President and their passion for pastries and that I would have to wait until I can speak better Italian as the 90-year old signora who runs the shop couldn’t understand the way I was speaking her language.
Entering the shop is like walking through an art gallery and what’s more, their cannoli are so good I promise to go back despite the strenuous climb to get there!