frittura

A frittura mista can be roughly translated as “mixed fried things” and it’s never better than when said fried things are fish. A couple of weeks back, I met my friend Luigi and his girlfriend Elisa at Da Toto’ (aka Da Zio Enzo) in Palermo’s Vucciria Market for lunch. It was the hottest day of the year to date, a steamy 90 degrees, in the middle of a garbage strike no less, so we were definitely in need of something light and refreshing. Thankfully in Italy, fried food can be light, so we ordered a frittura mista di pesce and received a huge platter of cuttlefish, squid, prawns, and tiny fish that had been lightly dusted in flour and deep fried in olive oil. Squeeze a bit of lemon on it all and you’ve got the consummate summer lunch.