Since we found out we were moving to Sicily, we knew right away we wanted to experience the true authentic Sicilian culture. Herbie is in the Navy and so we had the option to live on the military base. Although this is a good option for some, we knew we wanted to live with the locals.
Misterbianco is an authentic little town near Catania. It has given us the experience we wanted with its small town feel and charm. People do not speak English here, so if we didn’t know Italian before, we are learning it now! The roads are cobblestone and in every corner, you see a panificio (bakery). There are also bars everywhere. Now, bars in Italy mean coffee shops. People usually go to the bars for coffee (espresso) and a pastry.
My favorite bar in Misterbianco is Caffe Mazzini. It is a posh bar where you can order coffee and your pastry made from scratch everyday. The best thing about this bar is that it hosts happy hour every day from 5:30pm to 10pm and you get free appetizers with your drinks! And I’m not talking just peanuts…
Every Saturday, Misterbianco has a farmers market. Here you can buy your produce, meat, cheese and all your cooking necessities for the week. Not only do they sell food, but they also sell clothes and house ware items. It’s your one-stop shop. And for very inexpensive too!
Misterbianco is mostly populated by Sicilians and they are thee nicest people I’ve ever met. They always go out of their way to help out, especially when they find out you are American and your Italian is not great. My Italian friends have since become family and we spend the holidays together, the Sicilian way. Talk about southern hospitality!