I travel for food. There, I said it. And there is no place better for gastronomic adventuring than Sicily. In my years of loving and visiting Sicily, I discovered Pantelleria, a tiny volcanic island 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. 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, a delicious pastry that (when not cut in half) resembles an intricate wheel made of light dough and filled with sweetened ricotta. A 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
[13:27] More food talk: Caponata