If your appetite is small or you are watching your weight, at all costs avoid being invited to a Sicilian home for dinner. We were delighted to be welcomed into the home of Jeremy's Italian tutor for dinner this evening. We were shown straight into the small kitchen which was already laid out with servings of antipasto. With Anna-Maria's family of four and ours there were nine of us cosily seated around a small table. Antipasto consists of small portions of local produce including sun-dried cherry tomatoes, olives, artichokes, ricotta and one other cheese, ham and very thin grissini.
Next is the pasta course. We are having Spaghetti alla Etna. The sauce is a vegetable mix of tomato and eggplant representing the red and black of the flowing and cooled lava while the sprinkling of white hard ricotta represents the snow which covers Etna's summit for much of the year.
We have three more courses after this, scallopine fungi, watermelon and millefeuille with panna and forest fruits. Even though I have asked for minuscule portions I can barely move.
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