ESMERALDA is a newly-opened restaurant in Trapani, near Piazza Vittorio Emanuele and off Via Fardella in the center of the city. They have a variety of dishes…fish, meat, couscous and other Sicilian dishes.
Gnocchi with tomato sauce
Spaghetti alle Vongole
Limoncello …. made with Sicilian lemons
Cassatelle con ricotta ….fried dumplings with ricotta filling
When I was growing up in my little town in Sicily, often we didn’t have much to eat so my mother would prepare Pane Cotto…leftover, stale bread, cooked in salted water and drizzled with a bit of olive oil which my father made himself.
Cut off the hard stems from the fennel, and boil it for about half an hour. When cooked, drain and squeeze out the water from the fennel, and chop it finely. Put the chopped fennel in a bowl and add the breadcrumbs, pecorino cheese, egg and salt and pepper. Shape them into patties and fry them in the hot olive oil for 5 minutes each side.