Golossary: Granita

Italian for slushy, but so much better! Theory is that the Arabs brought this sweet icy concoction to Sicily where they mixed their flavored syrups with the snow and ice of Etna and without a doubt, Sicily still has the best granita to be found. Paired with brioche, it makes a typical summer breakfast both cool and refreshing, and appealing in the hot Sicilian summer. … Continue reading Golossary: Granita

St. Joseph’s Day Frittelle

March 19 is St. Joseph’s day, when Italians celebrate Fathers’ Day. It is also a day when they eat Frittelle di Riso throughout Tuscany. These delectable treats were once reserved for this special day; now you see them throughout the Carnevale season and leading up to Easter, but you see them especially on St. Joseph’s Day when all the bakeries offer them. Fritelle di Riso come … Continue reading St. Joseph’s Day Frittelle

Gelateria della Passera

This pocket-sized gelateria is nestled into a cozy little piazza in the Oltrarno. Space is so short that canisters of gelato are stacked one on top of another. The menu reads like a dance twirling through the Mediterranean and flirting with the Middle East. The aromatic ingredients used could have come straight from the spice bazaar. The nut flavors are unsurpassed. This is the place … Continue reading Gelateria della Passera

Golossary: Fritelle Veneziane

Travel around Italy, especially in the weeks up to Carnevale, and you will see fritelle for sale in many of the pasticcerias. Taste one or two and you will soon learn that the fritelle in Florence are very different from the fritelle in Venice. One could create a Carnevale tasting tour of Italy just sampling all the different fritelle and cenci throughout the boot. Whereas … Continue reading Golossary: Fritelle Veneziane

Golossary: Fritelle di Riso

A bit similar to beignet, fritelle di riso are a special bite-sized seasonal treat that you can find in the period between Christmas and Carnevale; and which make a special one day appearance in March for the day of San Giuseppe or Father’s Day. Soft cooked rice is mixed with eggs, milk, sugar, olive oil, orange zest (or lemon) and raisins and then fried and … Continue reading Golossary: Fritelle di Riso