So today I found yet another little coffee shop, or more correctly a little cake shop. It is called The Sicilian Collection, and is at 51-51A
It is run by a young Sicilian woman, Emilia Strazzanti, who has been trained in cake-making by a five-star Michelin chef. Her beautiful cakes are certainly proof of that. I have rarely tasted cakes which are so light to the palette, rich in taste and utterly fresh.
At the moment the shop is tiny, with just room for a couple of people to sit inside and drink her delicious, freshly made coffee and eat a slice of her cake, and with a bench outside for when the weather gets warmer. She told me, however, that she will soon be extending the shop to the back of the premises, where there will be tables for lunch as well as coffee and cakes.
After enjoying two cups of excellent coffee with a slice of one of her cakes, I asked for a selection of three different cakes to take away as a treat for myself. Emilia told me they were slices of:
1. A Sicilian hazelnut and chocolate cake, made from hazelnuts from the north of
2. A Sicilian pistachio and lemon cake with crema di pistachio from Bronte
3. A Sicilian almond cake with almonds from Val di Noto
I left her little shop with a smile on my face.