Pigs in the Street…Cows in the Road

5 May

Fresh pork delivery to the door.

We came upon this early morning delivery outside of a Sortino meat market. These are half sides of pork that are carried by very burly delivery men across the sidewalk into the market dripping blood on the way.  As you can see the truck is a standard size but the streets are Sicilian standard and  considerably smaller.

Every delivery snarls up the street leading to many blown horns.  Sicilians love to blow their horns at the slightest provocation or sometimes for no reason at all.  In this case the delivery is quite a long process that involves extensive conversation between the butcher and the delivery driver.

Other times the beef may be on the hoof. We came upon this herd of cows while navigating a road with many hairpin turns in the mountains. The cows were unimpressed with our SmartCar and ambled on by at a local pace. Each had a bell and this traffic noise was quite magical.

As seen through the windshield

3 Responses to “Pigs in the Street…Cows in the Road”

  1. Leah May 6, 2012 at 5:42 pm #

    Thank you Jill and Dana. It all looks so wonderful. I love the pictures and hearing of your adventures. All is well here on the Lane and the all important chicken debate is still raging. The pear pizza sounds amazing….. keep eating for us….Leah and Jeff

  2. californian May 5, 2012 at 4:09 pm #

    Great stuff! Is a Sortino meat market a place or a type of market?


    • jill54321 May 5, 2012 at 4:52 pm #

      The meat market is just that a little butcher shop in the town of Sortino. People here, as it was in Utica, New York when I grew up, pick their cuts of meat and have them custom cut. When we go to the fish market in Ortigia, the fish are fresh caught. The fish mongers whack steaks off these huge slabs of fish as the women buying closely inspect the process and discuss it with great gusto. Food and the quality of food is so important to people here. As we walk the streets we smell bread baking and tomato sauce simmering. It is olfactory heaven. J

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