Sicily + Pantelleria

Tips and Articles in Sicily + Pantelleria

Remember the days when flashing a few greenbacks—even singles—made you look like a big shot overseas? Alas, those aren't these days. In Western Europe, one euro costs you nearly $1.50, and in Great Britain, the pound now costs a whopping two buck...
Last year I was invited on a seven-day walking trip in Sicily. It sounded sensational: up to 10 miles each day through that fierce and ancient landscape. We'd spend two days near Syracuse, on the southern coast; two in Taormina, in the east; and t...
If you like having your cultural compass skewed, you'll love Pantelleria. The map says Italy, but everything about the island spells North Africa. Villages have names like Bukkuram, Bugeber, and Gadir. Dwarfed by palm trees and built of rough vol...
Rocco DiSpirito, star of NBC's The Restaurant, filmed the reality show in his kitschy Manhattan trattoria, Rocco's (12 E. 22nd St.; 212/353-0500; dinner for two $70). There he riffs on his Italian-American heritage: eggplant parmigiana, Foosball, ...
Before coming to Sicily I made a vow to resist the usual orgies of description: no octopuses gleaming in slick mounds at street markets, no ineffable gelato, no marzipan candies shaped and colored to imitate artichokes. How droll food writers alwa...
Viviana's tomatoes have been drying on a plank for the past three days. Their flesh looks molten, like congealed drops of magma that have fallen from the sun and landed here, in Modica. They're Pachino tomatoes, the small ones you can find in almo...
It's not often you uncover a Fountain of Youth in your backyard. But for his new skin-care line, launching this month, Giorgio Armani turned to Pantelleria, where he has had a vacation house for over three decades. "It's the only place where my fa...