An extensive garden of Sicily's aromatic herbs set against the backdrop of the Mediterranean and a gracious, knowledgeable, and enthusiastic owner, Enrico Russino, are a winning combination at Gli Aromi. During the informative tour where we met several members of his family, Enrico explained that April and May are the prime months to visit because the herbs are in full bloom and his garden is riotous with color. Gli Aromi is a destination that horticulturists and chefs will not want to miss. In addition to tours of his gardens, Enrico hosts weekend wine tastings which feature some of the best wines and foods that Sicily produces.
During our tour we purchased several dried spices and a cook book, "Sicilia in cucina," which features, among other recipes, several created by Rita, the owner of a new restaurant in Scicli, a pretty little town about ten minutes away. At the restaurant we had a delicious lunch of ravioli stuffed with pumpkin and a pureed bean soup with ricotta, both offering the freshness and subtle, layered flavors of a truly gifted chef.
Both Gli Aromi and Rita's restaurant (contact Gli Aromi for the name) are well worth a return visit for us on future Sicilian trips.
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