October 10th, 2013
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World-renowned chef, author and Emmy-winning television personality Anthony Bourdain visits Sicily in the next episode of "Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown," airing Sunday, October 13, at 9 p.m. ET. Follow the show on Twitter and Facebook.

Mangia! Mangia! Anthony Bourdain follows Michael Corleone's footsteps to savor the Sicilian way of life.

The usual suspects are there: wine, salume, olives, cheese and, of course, pasta. In this case, tossed with a fresh haul of sardines from the Mediterranean.


Pasta con Sarde
Recipe reprinted courtesy of Mario Batali

2 pounds fennel bulbs, greens removed.
3 pounds whole fresh sardines
Semolina flour, for coating
1 1/2 cups extra-virgin olive oil
2 medium onions, minced
1 teaspoon grated nutmeg
Salt and pepper to taste
1 pound dried spaghetti
7 saffron strands or 1/2 teaspoon powdered saffron

Boil the fennel in salted water until tender, about 20 minutes. Drain, reserving ¾ cup of the cooking liquid. Finely chop the fennel and set aside. Remove the heads of the sardines and pull out the backbones and entrails. Select several sardines for garnish. Season the sardines to taste with salt and pepper and coat them with the semolina flour. In a small saucepan, heat the ½ cup of olive oil over medium heat. When the oil begins to smoke, cook each flour-coated sardine until a light golden brown, about 1 minute on each side. Using a slotted spoon, remove the sardines from the pan and set them aside to drain on a paper towel.

In a 3-quart saucepan, heat the remaining oil over medium heat until shimmering. Add the minced onions and cook until soft and a light golden brown, about 8-10 minutes. Add the fennel, anchovies and nutmeg. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Bring the sauce briefly to a boil and then lower to a simmer. Add the remaining sardines and cook, stirring occasionally with a wooden spoon, until the sardines have broken into pieces and are thoroughly mixed into the sauce, about 10-15 minutes. If the sauce appears too thick at this point, add a little of the reserved fennel water.

Bring 6-quarts of water and two tablespoons of salt to a rolling boil. Add the spaghetti and cook until tender but still al dente. Drain the cooked pasta, and pour into the pan with the sardines and oil. Toss quickly over high heat until combined. Pour into 4 warmed pasta bowls and top with the fried sardines.

Previously on "Parts Unknown":
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Bourdain cops to mistake on Frito pie canned chili claim
10 things to know before visiting New Mexico
- Granada, Spain
Traditional tapas in Granada
11 things to know before visiting Spain
Israel, the West Bank and Gaza
In Jerusalem, even food origins are contentious
10 things to know before visiting Israel, the West Bank and Gaza
Bourdain has traditional Palestinian meal
– Congo

SPAM and coq au vin on the Congo River
Peru
Peruvian food, from guinea pigs to pisco sours
Peruvian food is having a moment
Make perfect pisco sours and ceviche
South America's pisco enjoys North American revival
Libya
Breakfast in Libya
Where fast food tastes like freedom
Morocco
iReport: In Morocco, eating is the spice of life
Street snacking in Morocco
Canada
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Come for the strip bars, stay for the poutine
Colombia
Colombian cuisine – from aguardiente to viche
Americans just don’t understand the potato. Colombians do.
Los Angeles Koreatown
The ever-changing flavor of L.A.'s Koreatown
Bridging generations and cultures, one blistering bowl of bibimbap at a time
Los Angeles food trucks are in it for the long haul
Myanmar
Fall in love with Myanmar's cuisine
In Myanmar, drink your tea and eat it too



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  1. sue

    Does anyone have the recipe for the stuffed potatoes that Tommaso's mom made? Are they whole potatoes that are boiled, then stuffed, breaded, and fried? What is the stuffing, is it the chopped egg,cheese? Grazie.

    May 10, 2014 at 10:10 am |
  2. Dawn

    As a fellow functioning Bipolar, there are not words to explain the incredible mental strength it requires to even walk and talk when an episode washes over us, never mind shoot a show, and yet, because of this show, Sicily will be on my list when we land in Rome. :)

    December 1, 2013 at 12:13 am |
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    November 2, 2013 at 9:35 am |
  4. M L Girardi

    Loyal viewer here. Is it my imagination or did Anthony get really raw and down right nasty post Emmy Awards? You lost me after I suffered through Sicily. Anthony's not smart or original anymore. The pig, the horse, the potty mouths, etc., not appealing to this viewer. And I really used to like his work!!!!! Now it's slimey, not interesting, and boring!

    October 21, 2013 at 2:42 am |
  5. Vaughan

    I love this show. unapologetic, raw, honest. Anthony is hilarious and blunt about things like getting load in Sicily while the camera crew sets up, nice insight into extortion and protection of restaurants by the mafia. Fun show keep it up.

    October 20, 2013 at 11:15 pm |
  6. Biscotti13

    Just got back from Catania. Had the best seafood and olives I've ever eaten. I enjoyed seeing the fish market and especially like the fact that the swordfish monger in the market is in my own photos. Nice to see none of those shots were staged like the fishing trip at the beginning of the show. Suprised Anthony didn't call him out right then, but after all he did have an episode to film. If you love seafood and are headed to Italy don't mis Sicily!

    October 20, 2013 at 11:52 am |
  7. yvesny

    Sicilian cuisine is all about seafood and fish... It's missing here!!!!

    October 18, 2013 at 5:01 pm |
  8. Katrina

    I don't know where Anthony and CNN's Sicily is............Not where my Sicily is..........The only thing on Anthony's mind was The God Father, The Mafia, and horse meat! I am so glad I have been to Sicily many times and can't wait till I visit again. One of the most beautiful places in the world. I hope that those that have Sicily on their bucket list DO NOT scratch it off after seeing this..........What a shame Anthony, You passed up beautiful scenery, beautiful architecture, the lemon,olive, and fig trees. Why didn't you stop to smell the fragrant jasmine ( maybe you were having a bad week, you would have felt better) The unbelievable pastry shops, and restaurants with food you come back and dream about. Some one needs to show you....... Our Beautiful Sunny Sicily.

    October 17, 2013 at 11:23 pm |
    • NCIndependent

      I wholeheartedly agree! I watched this segment and his obsession with the Mafia, corruption, etc. was offensive (tourists get ripped off by schemes and scams EVERYWHERE!). And his line about his NJ neighbors being from Sicilians - "from Milan they were not" reeks of his own bigotry and prejudice. Two of my Italian grandparents were born in Sicily (the other two in mainland provinces) and I have visited this enchanting and beautiful place more than once. He did the island a disservice.

      October 20, 2013 at 10:55 am |
  9. Sea2Sicily

    I wish I could see the expression on Turi's face when he finds out that he was BUSTED and this is going to be all over the internet. He always tells his customers about how fresh his food is and how he goes and gets it himself now no one will believe that No one who watches this will ever go to his restaurant.

    He was trying to be "furbo" sneaky but ended up "lo scemo del villaggio" the village idiot!

    October 16, 2013 at 6:47 am |
  10. Lilly Rose

    I toured Sicily over 40 yrs ago,& to me it was more advanced than Bourdain displayed. I did not. see nor hear of anything about HORSEMEAT. Mr Bourdain did a diservice in portraying Sicily!

    October 15, 2013 at 7:38 pm |
    • Sea2Sicily

      I live in Sicily and have for 12 years so I feel qualified to comment. Horse is common in Catania and the provence you can find it grilled on the street as you saw it but also in restaurants.

      They got take for a ride by Turi who proved again that Taormina is a tourist trap and reality is not what they sell. Sicily has its good and bad sides unfortunately they had the cheep tourist experience. The person that did the disservice was Turi and his fakery!

      October 16, 2013 at 6:39 am |
  11. Sea2Sicily

    First mistake made by this show was to go to a restaurant in Taormina and go "fishing" with Turi! The fake fishing is just a symptom of the falseness of the over hyped tourist town. Turi is a fake and how can anyone trust him as a Chef? I have eaten in his restaurant, it is average nothing special. It is too bad with all the authentic places to visit the show took the easy route. I live in Sicily, it is a shame it wasn't presented in the beautiful way it can be away from the tourist traps!

    October 15, 2013 at 12:04 pm |
  12. JellyBean

    What's up with the massive cone head in photo #4?

    October 14, 2013 at 7:44 am |
    • AleeD® @ JellyBean

      RichardHead forgot to stop by the pet shop for his weekly grooming.

      October 14, 2013 at 7:47 am |
  13. Diana

    This documentary made Sicilian people look like wild animals who happen to know how to cook, hardly the impression one might have on holiday there. Also, horse meat is NOT on the menu or in the homes of most Sicilians! It is a shame that CNN feels information must be sensationalized in an effort to attract an audience. Thumbs down on this program!

    October 14, 2013 at 5:57 am |
    • Santo Galati

      Diana, I could not have said it better. I'm a first generation Sicilian,CNN depiction of Sicily was insulting to a beautiful culture. Sad !

      October 14, 2013 at 8:19 pm |
    • PR

      If you knew the life style of the Sicilians then you would be able to comment on the old history of this beautiful island. Yes true there are many beauty of this isle including the season now for harvesting the grapes and olives. I have been waiting for AB to come to SICILY an dher ehe comes and I 've been here for a century and didn't get to meet and tour with him and TOMMASO! What a shame he didn't make a guest appearce to the Military Familie shere that love him!!! Ab need to travel back to Sicily during the harvesting of grapes and olives and artichoke festivials.

      October 15, 2013 at 6:41 am |
    • Sea2Sicily

      I live in Sicily and have for 12 years so I feel qualified to comment. Horse is common in Catania and the provence you can find it grilled on the street as you saw it but also in restaurants. As for the pork it is also a well known food though most of us don't go to see it slaughtered. They got take for a ride by Turi who proved again that Taormina is a tourist trap and reality is not what they sell. Sicily has its good and bad sides unfortunately they had the cheep tourist experience.

      October 15, 2013 at 12:10 pm |
    • NCIndependent

      Amen!

      October 20, 2013 at 10:58 am |
  14. Gian

    I have been to Sicily many times and no one that I know eats horse meat nor do we kill pigs and eat them, where did he find this stuff? there is plenty of other good food and scenery they could of shown to the American people..

    October 13, 2013 at 10:48 pm |
    • Sea2Sicily

      I live in Sicily and have for 12 years so I feel qualified to comment. Horse is common in Catania and the provence you can find it grilled on the street as you saw it but also in restaurants. As for the pork it is also a well known food though most of us don't go to see it slaughtered. They got take for a ride by Turi who proved again that Taormina is a tourist trap and reality is not what they sell. Sicily has its good and bad sides unfortunately they had the cheep tourist experience.

      October 16, 2013 at 6:36 am |
  15. andrea

    .... those aren't hair, but parts of the "bottarga" (tuna eggs!!!)

    https://www.google.it/search?q=bottarga&rls=com.microsoft:it:%7Breferrer:source%3F%7D&rlz=1I7ADFA_itIT468&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=iepaUqbiDeWF4AS_uoCIBA&ved=0CAkQ

    October 13, 2013 at 2:47 pm |
  16. Chele

    Sometimes you have to see a country through the eyes of a dreamer to truely appreciate the beauty it has to offer not only in the food but the people who prepare it and the land that creates it.

    October 13, 2013 at 1:20 pm |
  17. Sally Sicily

    It's Angel Hair Pasta-What do you expect?

    October 12, 2013 at 1:46 pm |
    • Steel On Target

      The angel should wear a hair net.

      October 12, 2013 at 2:05 pm |
  18. Steel On Target

    Did anyone else notice the hairs in the first pasta dish picture?

    October 12, 2013 at 1:39 pm |
    • meemee

      It could be cheese and not hair. At least that's what I hope that it is. Yucky.

      October 13, 2013 at 11:24 am |
  19. OldSchool

    Now that is my kind of food!

    October 12, 2013 at 1:22 pm |
  20. jay beaudin

    Too often Bourdain seems like such a Dick.

    October 12, 2013 at 12:09 pm |
    • grace

      Agreed...he does act like a dick too many times on his show. I won't watch it anymore.

      October 12, 2013 at 2:04 pm |
      • NCIndependent

        I can't stand his personality and only watched because it was Sicily. Sorry I did. He's an obnoxious, arrogant idiot. Someday I'll tell you how I really feel. :-)

        October 20, 2013 at 11:00 am |
    • ?

      so you've also seen his porn movies?

      October 12, 2013 at 9:01 pm |
  21. Randall

    Unfortunately the picture shows two hairs in the food!

    October 12, 2013 at 10:50 am |
  22. andrea

    The usual suspects are there: wine, salume, olives, cheese and, of course, pasta. In this case, tossed with a fresh haul of sardines from the Mediterranean. Erroneus ..........
    Spaghetti with Bottarga (tuna eggs)

    http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/mario-batali/spaghetti-alla-bottarga-recipe/index.html

    October 12, 2013 at 1:36 am |
  23. Danno

    I lived there for three years just outside of Catania with the military. What a great place! I was too young to really enjoy being there. Now that I'm older I would absolutely love to go back for another 3 years...

    http://dannodog.blogspot.com

    October 11, 2013 at 6:46 pm |
  24. Sal

    Italians have the best foods in the world. 

    October 11, 2013 at 11:41 am |
  25. Zombie Boy

    " I like turtles...."

    October 11, 2013 at 8:25 am |
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