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Taste of Palermo

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Via Vittorio Emanuele, 102, 90133 Palermo PA, Italy
For a satisfying mid-afternoon snack, seek out one of the city's ubiquitous walk-up counters. Nni Franco U' Vastiddaru is typical, serving classic street food like arancini (stuffed rice balls) and panelle. The latter is a Palermo specialty: These...
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Via Cala, 62, 90133 Palermo PA, Italy
Some of Palermo's most beloved snacks are hearty street foods, and none is more iconic than pani cà meusa, a sandwich layered with thin slices of fried cow spleen and topped with lemon and grated Caciocavallo cheese. The hole-in-the-wall Pani Cà...
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Via dei Biscottari, 90134 Palermo PA, Italy
by Fabrizia Lanza In the area of the Norman palace, near the market, there are still some little medieval botteghe (shops) below the level of the palace. Via dei Biscottari is where they used to make the pastries and cookies for the...
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Palermo, Province of Palermo, Italy
In mid-July, the streets around Palermo's Quattro Canti (Four Corners) fill with vendors preparing babbaluci for the feast of Saint Rosalia, the city's patron saint. Truckloads of these tiny snails are sautéed in massive pans with oil, parsley and...
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Foro Italico Umberto I, 1, 90133 Palermo PA, Italy
Gelato, the rich Italian ice cream infused with fruits and spices, is a deliciously unavoidable part of Palermo. There's no better place to sample the flavors of Sicily than the Gelateria Ilardo Giovanni, the city's oldest gelateria. It's said...
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Via Principe di Villafranca, 42, 90141 Palermo PA, Italy
Palermo has its own take on pizza, that beloved Italian dish. Sfincione is a deep-dish pie with a thick base of soft dough that resembles focaccia. The olive oil–infused bottom is dark brown and crisp; the topping is tomato sauce, sautéed onions,...