Bad as the Italian economy is, Italians can still allow themselves a few culinary pleasures - call them luxuries.
Pasta Reale or Martorana Fruit is a pastry made of almond marzipan shaped and decorated to resemble actual fruit. It's popular during the cooler months. Sooner or later, Winter arrives even here in Sicily. Read about Martorana Fruit in Roberta Gangi's article in the December magazine.
Another of her articles published this month is dedicated to sea urchins. Like Martorana Fruit, these are a Winter food in Sicily.