Sicilians don’t stoop to modesty.  Yesterday we had ‘the world’s best ice cream’ at Dolceria Costanzo in Noto.  An extraordinary mix of creamy deliciousness and nuanced flavors (my favorite was mandorla made with sweet local almonds).  Earlier in the day we had ‘the world’s best sandwich’ at Caseificio Borderi in Syracusa.  We queued for  an hour to get one. The sandwiches are stacked like skyscrapers with 5 different cheeses, layers of different cooked and cured meats and a salad bowl of lettuce, tomatoes, olives, eggplant, mushrooms and other vegetables. But the result was a cacophony of flavors, like someone had just cleaned out the fridge.

Noto stole my heart; not just the ice cream (Cafe Sicilia, just a block from Dolceria Costanzo also claims to have the ‘world’s best ice-cream’), but also the baroque old town (a world heritage site) and Ristorante Manna, a place so exquisitely designed that even the bathrooms make you swoon and the staff are so genuinely kind and the chef so generous you feel like you have stepped into Babette’s Feast.

Noto newly weds
Wedding promenade, Noto
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The bathroom door, ristorante Manna, Noto
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Chocolate-orange and almond ice-cream at Dolceria Costanza, Noto
Palazzo Nicolaci di Villadorata, Noto
Palazzo Nicolaci di Villadorata, Noto


5 Comments Add yours

  1. Loredana says:

    I wish I could taste the ice cream but I enjoyed reading your post and admiring the bathroom door. 🙂


  2. mary lou says:

    I think that I would probably ‘faint’. So much ‘soul feeding.’


  3. limola says:

    Never been to Sicily – little bit jealous.


  4. Toni vesco says:

    Omg, sounds so delicious!! Enjoy!!


  5. Jamie says:

    To the Heart through the stomach! I had a dreamy sugar rush just from the description.


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