I have had the opportunity to visit twice already the region of Catania in Sicily, where this dish pasta alla norma is originary. It is a delicious dish of pasta with eggplant, tomato sauce, fresh basil and salty ricotta. The latter is also a product from Catania. One story tells that the name of this dish was given by a Catanian comedian who allways said “É la norma” (the standard) regarding this preparation. The last time I ate this pasta was in the very city of Catania, and it was one of my best Italian dining experiences. We had lunch in a small Italian trattoria run by a mother and her daughter who treated us wonderfully and everything was delightful.
Pasta alla Norma Recipe (Pasta with Eggplant and Salty Ricotta Cheese)