Every Sicilian city has an epithet, Palermo is known as ‘Felicissima’, or ‘the very happy city’, probably because of its wonderful location. But it would be somewhat optimistic to even consider saying everything there is to be said about Palermo in an evening, much less a magazine or even a single word. It is essentially impossible to capture the city’s variety of human faces, gestures and voices, its contrasting joy and fury, fatigue and enjoyment or luxury and poverty in a defined number of pages. This issue of Alla Carta takes on the difficult task of representing, albeit only a tiny part, the sensations that Palermo gave us over the course of our childhood and adolescence. The issue features breakfast with photographer Letizia Battaglia, lunch with fashion designer Marco De Vincenzo, dinner with gallerist Francesco Pantaleone along with FW2016 collections and a special insert dedicated to Palermo street food..