Saturday, April 9, 2016
Capo market sprawls across whole neighbourhood
This was the spot to sample some of the street food. We saw men with wicker baskets draped with fabric to keep their contents warm-ish and relatively fly-free. People walked up to the basket man and order frittola, a sandwich made with the meat bits (cartilage, fat and tendons, too) he plucked from his container and stuffs into a roll. If you are watching your carbs, you can get the chunks in a paper cone. Another favourite street food is sliced sesame seed rolls filled with slices of spleen cooked in lard. Needless to say we gave these particular foods a miss.
In Italian literature, Inspector Montalbano, the main character of Andrea Camilleri's detective novels, is a well-known lover of arancini, which has helped to popularize them all over the world.
By the time we had finished wandering through the food market and giving the tacky clothing market a quick look we were in need of some refreshment. Since it was hot and very humid we stopped for a granita, which was originally a Sicilian drink made of sugar, shaved ice and in our case blood orange juice, one of my favourite things. Perfetto.