‘Mum, I could eat these for every meal.’ We’re in the back streets of Palermo in Sicily and my 11 year-old son has just had his first taste of arancini, a popular Sicilian dish. Arancini are fried rice balls which are stuffed with ragù sauce and peas or mozzarella and ham and which my husband and son devour enthusiastically. Meanwhile my daughter and I (I’m vegetarian) share a cannolo, a delicious tube of pastry filled with sweetened ricotta cheese.
Street food tour
We’ve been invited by villa specialist soloSicily to take part in a street food tour of the vibrant Italian city of Palermo. We’re staying with relatives in Central Sicily and are happy to head to Palermo for the day. We drive into the city centre on a roasting hot day in July to meet our guide. We find a parking space easily despite dire warnings from Sicilian cousins. We park just around the corner from the stunning Teatro Massimo (whose front steps were used for the dramatic shooting scene at the end of The Godfather Part III film), feed the parking meter with a few euros and then go to meet Chiara, our guide.