Sweet and filling. Light and daring. Deep-fried, frozen, and whipped into a frenzy. That's just a taste of Catania according to Erica Firpo, Popupla's Rome-based contributing editor.
CATANIA, Sicily – For years, Sicily has been my happy place. Just thinking about its salty water (a perfect turquoise and sea-foam blue) can calm me during the mean reds of winter. Only an hour plane ride from Rome, most of my trips to God's Kitchen have been a decisive dedication to beach towns and local food — fresh sea urchin on the beaches of Cefalu, oysters at the fish market in Ortigia, and pannelle in Model. I thought I'd change perspective with a few days in and around Catania.
DINING, HIKING, AND SIGHTSEEING
See the many sides of Catania. (Slideshow)