There is no place better for gastronomic adventuring than Sicily. In my years of loving and visiting that incredible island, I discovered Pantelleria, a tiny volcanic island is just 67 miles southwest of Sicily and 37 miles east of Tunisia. Known as the Perla Nera, the black pearl of the Black Pearl of the Mediterranean, Pantelleria exists on the very limits of Sicilianness as its very own being. And it’s here on this tiny black rock that I had the most unforgettable and amazing kiss of my life: il bacio di Pantelleria.
The bacio a delicious pastry that (when not cut in half) resembles an intricate wheel made of light dough and filled with sweetened ricotta. And though you may have seen it in restaurants, true bacio can only be found in Pantelleria, so sit back and get hungry. Sicilian journalist and food connoisseur Salvatore Spatafora joins me in a very sweet talk about Pantelleria and Sicily.
In this episode
[01:16] Intro to Sicily, Pantelleria, and our guest journalist Salvatore Spatafora
[07:07] Bacio Pantesco
[08:29] Pantelleria’s Passito
[11:04] Sicilian Culture