18 01 2012

Adrano is a comune in the province of Catania on the east coast of Sicily. It is situated 41 km northwest of Catania, which is the capital of the province to which Adrano belongs. It lies near the foot of Mount Etna, at the confluence of the Simeto and Salso rivers. It is the commercial center for a region where olives and citrus fruit are grown. Neighbouring towns include: Biancavilla, Bronte, Paternò, Randazzo, Santa Maria di Licodia and Centuripe.

The Castle-

The city has a rich cultural and historical structures that draws thousands of visitors a year. Among these is the castle founded in 1070 by Roger the first.

Among the beautiful monuments to visit, there is the Norman Chiesa Madre, the Monastery of S. Lucia erected in 1596, today residence of a public school, the Chiesa di S. Lucia rebuilt in 1775, and the Chiesa di S. Agostino preserving an engraved marble altar.

Clam Stew was served in all of the trattorias I visited.

Sicilian Stew of Clams

1 lb small potatoes

1/4 cup olive oil

3 cloves of garlic, minced

3 tablespoon of chopped parsley

1 cup white dry wine

3 cans of tomato sauce

3-4 pounds of small clams

Salt and pepper to taste

Boil potatoes. When completely  cooked through cut into quarters.  Set aside.

Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. add the minced garlic and stir. Cook until garlic begins to color and add parsley.

Raise heat and add wine. Cook for about 4 minutes and add the tomato sauce and bring to a boil. Season with salt and pepper.

Add potatoes and clams and cover saucepan. Cook until clams open and discard all unopened clams.

Adjust for taste with additional salt or pepper if needed.

Serve with crusty Italian bread.




2 responses

18 01 2012
joseph damato

are you coming an historian?

18 01 2012

Thanks for the interest, but if you want to read Sicilian history, go to click on books and look at Seeds of the Lemon Grove. The blog was the research for this Mafia novel.

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