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At Home with Dolci Siciliani in Mazara del Vallo

The tray of dolci siciliani is set seductively on the dinner table. Wearing nothing but a thin sheet of paper, it teases the eye with a hint of roundness that lays beneath.

Profitterol - Mazara del Vallo

“Take a photo of the name of the Pasticceria,” someone yells out from around the dinner table. I smile, pleased that my relatives who have a home in Mazara del Vallo‘s Kasbah no longer consider me odd for pointing a camera at food every time it is presented.

Profitterol is the best in Mazara,” Cousin D affirms, slowly peeling the paper and watching my face for a reaction.

Profitterol Sicilian sweets

A feast of sugary goodness unravels before me. There are dolci I recognise, others pique my curiosity.

Baba al rum

For a start, I choose a babà al rum. Napolitan in origin, this mushroom-shaped babà is soft, sweet and swimming in a pool of rum. Of all the babas I have eaten, including their French cousin, baba au rhum, this is the only one doused with enough alcohol to make me giddy. Not that I complain.

Bombe di Ricotta

“Try the Bomba di Ricotta!”

Bombe di Ricotta

Before I have a chance to protest that I am not a fan of ricotta cheese, a piece is thrust on my plate. I am assured this is “nothing like the ricotta you eat in Sydney”. E vero, I nod as all it takes is just one mouthful to convert me.

cassata siciliana

“E questa?” I ask, pointing to the temptation in green and white, wearing a pretty skirt topped with a candied cherry and fruit.

Cassatina siciliana. Not the cassata ice cream you know,” Cousin D hastens to add.

I am in marzipan heaven.

Profitterol – Pasticceria Gelateria
Via Vittorio Veneto n.77v
91026 Mazara Del Vallo
Sicily – Italy


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Corinne Mossati

Corinne Mossati is the Founder/Editor of popular online magazine Gourmantic and Cocktails & Bars, a website dedicated to cocktail culture and the discerning drinker. She is named in Australian Bartender Magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential List since 2013, is a member of The Academy responsible for judging the World’s 50 Best Bars. She has also judged the inaugural Australasian Whisky Awards and various national cocktail competitions.