In Marsala, you cannot resist the allure of the "cassaro" (main street), which transforms in the morning into baroque film set where Marsala's residents stroll around and engage in vivid conversations. And we will be no exception, embracing the atmosphere as the main protagonists.
From Porta Nuova to Porta Garibaldi, we will uncover the city's myriad shades, culinary delights, and inhabitants, accompanied by an extraordinary guide: a wine expert and a surprisingly skilled cook.
On the way between these two gates, everything will carry the essence of local street food. The iconic "Panellaro" at the fish market, is a must-stop for every true Marsalese before lunch. And then, there's the bakery, renowned for its exceptional arancine! Have you ever caught the sound of an arancino's crust yielding as you delve into that first bite? That sound might linger in your memory for quite a while.
Yet, our private culinary experience would be incomplete without a glass of Marsala wine, a delight you'll savor and learn about from a very special siren, who enchants passersby with the melody of words and Marsala wine-filled glasses.
Sicily, however, also boasts a realm of sweetness. While the cannolo takes the spotlight nearly everywhere, in Marsala, it's ricotta that rises to prominence in the guise of "cappidduzzo," a delectable fried sweet ravioli gracing the windows of each bar, pastry shop, and bakery.
The exploration of the city centre will merely set the stage for the day's unfolding. Our guide will welcome you at his recently renovated home. You will prepare together a meal from recipes that have been safeguarded within his family since the 1940s. Amid this culinary journey, you'll not only rediscover tastes that have faded from local memory but become entranced by the stories that connect food and cooking with his family's heritage.
All that's left is to take a seat around the table and delight your taste buds!