Giovanni Meli: A Poet Remembered

Giovanni Meli: A Poet Remembered

By Gaetano Cipolla Professor Emeritus, St John’s University President and Editor of Arba Sicula   2015 marks the 200th anniversary of the death of Giovanni Meli, Sicily’s most celebrated poet, who died of pneumonia on December 20, 1815. Prof. Giovanni Ruffino, director of the Centro di Studi Filologici e Linguistici Siciliani, in collaboration with Sicily’s […]

Standing up to the Mob in Sicily: The Case of Capo d’Orlando

Standing up to the Mob in Sicily: The Case of Capo d’Orlando

By Gil Fagiani The merchants of Capo d’Orlando, a town of 13,000 inhabitants, made history in December 1990, when locals formed the first anti-racket association in Sicily. The Associazione dei commercianti e imprenditori orlandini (ACTO) successfully resisted mafia infiltration; yet, but for a small mention in The New York Times, and a slightly longer article […]

Trabia: Ancient Home of Spaghetti

Trabia: Ancient Home of Spaghetti

  If you ask a Neapolitan about the origin of spaghetti he probably would claim that they were made in Naples or Pompeii. And we know that Marco Polo claimed that spaghetti were invented by the Chinese. But Sicilians can claim that the stringy pasta was already plentiful in the town of Trabia as early […]

Arthur Dieli, Sicilian Proverbs: Review by Charles Giordano

Arthur Dieli, Sicilian Proverbs: Review by Charles Giordano

Professor Arthur Dieli’s Proverbi siciliani/Sicilian Proverbs is an interesting book for those who want to know some truths about Sicily and Sicilians, but for the hundreds of thousands of Sicilian-Americans, especially for members of Arba Sicula, the book is a “must have.” The vast majority of Sicilian immigrants such as my parents came from the […]

A Sicilian Cannolo in Space!

A Sicilian Cannolo in Space!

In the last issue of Arba Sicula we published an article about the first Sicilian astronaut, Luca Parmitano, who spent six months in space, working in the International Space Station. We are happy to report that Mr. Parmitano is now back on earth after successfully completing his excursion in space. Now, we have another Sicilian […]

Remember me Young

Remember me Young

Below is a passage from Cecelia Tumminello De Luso’s book Remember Me Young Ah! Sicilia Bedda 2009 Was it the earth shaking under my feet or was it my knees? The anticipation had now become reality. Childhood stories swirled in my mind. Feast for the senses was repeated by all that came from Sicily. I am […]

A Sicilian in Space

A Sicilian in Space

Everybody knows that Sicilians are in every country of the world. Wherever you go, you are likely to find some Sicilians. It happened to me when I was invited to give a lecture in Hawaii. After I finished my presentation, a dozen Sicilians came up to me. Arba Sicula has at least one member in […]

Sicul-English: the National Defense Institute Sicilian Textbooks: a Disservice to Sicily

Sicul-English: the National Defense Institute Sicilian Textbooks: a Disservice to Sicily

By Gaetano Cipolla As president and editor of Arba Sicula, a non profit international organization that promotes Sicilian language and culture, I am always looking for materials that can help me fulfill the objectives of the association. So I was pleased to purchase the entire set of publications prepared in the sixties by the National […]

A Dream Realized: A Modern Grammar of Sicilian Is Now Available

A Dream Realized: A Modern Grammar of Sicilian Is Now Available

      One of the most important objectives of Arba Sicula, indeed the reason for which it was founded, has finally become a reality. A comprehensive and interactive Grammar of the Sicilian Language that can be used to teach Sicilian to students in a regular classroom or to use as a self-teaching tool. Arba Sicula has […]