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This is a view of St. Agata, the cathedral of Catania, in the window of the Bar Duomo, just in front of the church.
I was there eating a wonderful "arancino" and my eyes catch the reflection of the black/white dome in the glass. I can't resist and I shot this one. Hope you like it.

"The temple has been repeatedly destroyed and rebuilt after earthquakes and volcanic eruptions over time. The first building dates back to the period 1078-1093 and was built on the ruins of the Terme Achilliane dating back to the Romans, by the Count Roger, acquiring all the characteristics of an "ecclesia munita" (that is fortified). Back in 1169 a catastrophic earthquake demolished the church almost completely, leaving intact only the apse. In 1194 fire created a significant damage and finally in 1693 the earthquake that struck the Val di Noto, destroyed it almost completely .
The Norman remains consist in the transept, two towers hubs (perhaps of the same time as the primitive plant) and the three semicircular apses, visible in the courtyard of the archbishop palace, and are made of large ashlars formed by lava rock, most of whom was recovered from Roman buildings of the imperial age. Portions of the wall and the wall of the prospectus have been incorporated from the eighteenth century reconstruction."

"Arancini are a typical speciality of Sicilian cuisine.
They are fried or, less commonly, baked rice balls, having a diameter of 8-10 cm, filled usually with ragout (meat sauce), but also with tomato sauce, mozzarella, peas, and other things. On the outside they are simply coated with breadcrumbs.
The main type of arancino sold in cafes is an arancino con ragout, which has meat, peas, rice and mozzarella (typically). Often many cafes will also have arancine con burro (arancine with butter), and there are even many cafes that have a varied range of specialty arancine freshly made. (i.e. arancina con funghi (mushrooms), arancina con melanzane (eggplant)...)
The name derives from their typical colour, which reminds the one of an orange (the Italian word for orange is arancia, and in Sicilian, arancine means "little oranges"). Arancini is masculine plural, the singular is arancino, but there's a feminine name too, especially used in western Sicily: arancine (plural), arancina (singular).
There are a number of local variants, different in both fillings and shapes.
In Italian literature, Inspector Montalbano, the main character of Andrea Camilleri's novels, is a well-known lover of arancini and he has contributed to making this dish known outside of Italy."

In Northern Italian cuisine, supplì are similar, but typically are larger, have fewer vegetables, use gravy, and the rice used is generally leftover risotto rather than specially made.

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