Asset Publisher

Palermo search

The grattatella

It has a story of its own, with true grassroots origins

"Grattatella", on the other hand, has a story of its own, with true grassroots origins; if you want to be insulted by a native of Palermo, call it granita. No mistake could be more disastrous, and a true native would never forgive you!
Grattatella is a sweet made from a large block of ice, scratched (using a special tool, a kind of grappling hook), then flavoured in a variety of ways.
The ice is grated, wrapped in a cloth called a "mappina", then poured into the glass and completed with the addition of juices. In this way, the ice is not crushed, but retains a delicate consistency, rather like sorbet. Grattatella originated among the poor, who looked longingly at the sumptuous ice creams and granitas consumed by the wealthier classes.

You might also be interested

Related contents