Cooking with Chef Carol Frazzetta in Sicily – It’s a Beautiful Thing
by Nancy S. Mure
My mother’s parents were born in Palermo and my father’s in Messina. When I visited Sicily in 2006 it was a dream come true – I was finally going to the place of my roots. What was doubly exciting was that I went there to do what I loved – to cook – with my cooking teacher Carol Frazzetta and some other students.
We stayed at a quaint villa named Villa Lionti, located near Mount Etna but closer to Catania. There we learned to cook foods of the region, shop local markets for seasonal ingredients and enjoy the fruit of our efforts afterward by cooking a delicious Sicilian meal.
At the base of Mt. Etna, Carol and I bought lemon honey the likes of which I will never taste again until get back there. (I still kick myself for not buying more) We tasted sea salt directly from the sea and the mines, and experienced a Marsala at a 10am tasting that I will never regret tasting that early. Ever.
If you have ever dined in Carol’s Cafe, you know that Carol is famous for her aprons (see above). You can own one of Carol’s embroidered aprons for yourself ( I do!) http://www.carolscafe.com The cost for is $34.95 plus tax & shipping. (Please call for exact pricing ~ 718~979~5600) and allow 4 weeks for delivery.
Quote of the day: ”Drink in the sea, the salt and the air of Sicily, then eat later”.