Out of curiosity, which one do you prefer?
Sicilian Ceramics Polish Pottery
Well, anyway, we live in Sicily now, and Sicily do I love! Even her ceramics. When my friend Becca invited me to join her and her sister on a trip to Caltagirone this week to visit the home of Sicily ceramics, I eagerly said yes.
Caltagirone is about an hour’s drive from Motta, where we live. I admired the passing scenery, including herds of sheep (had to stop for them to get out of the road) and random castles on hilltops, like this one:
We arrived in the town of Caltagirone around 11am as crowds of school children converged on the center of town. Caltagirone is most famous for the 142 steps in the middle of town. The walls on either side of the staircase are lined with ceramic shops.
Lena was hungry so I sat out on the steps with her for awhile. These steps are amazing: each of them is lined with hand-painted tiles. Take a look at this:
After loading ourselves down with purchases, we stopped in a restaurant on the steps for lunch. Becca’s sister and I both ordered pasta di pistachi, a winter classic in Sicily. The pasta is cooked in a heavy cream and sprinkled with mild, crushed pistachio nuts. Becca has the recipe and is going to pass it on to me, meaning it will be on the menu when you come visit!