Amuse Bouche

Steaming platters of swordfish carved shuddering into slabs and delicate wobbles of eggplant and dishes of Sicilian macaroni thick with peppers and tomatoes and pork under a golden crust. Twists of bread still hot and soft. Calamari wrapped in brown sugar. 
Plato said, of Agrigento, that we build as if we expect to live forever and eat as if we expect to die tomorrow.
If we eat even half of this, Giuseppe said dryly, we likely shall.

from Lampedusa by Steven Price (2019). Very Highly Recommended. Available on Borrow Box