Let’s Make “Maccarruna”!

Let’s Make “Maccarruna”!

In the old days, let’s say until the 50s or even the 60s, my mother tells me that they made their own fresh pasta at home every day. Quite a job, I should say! But in the past being a “matri ri famigghia” (mother of the family) or as we say now, a homemaker, was […]

The Flashing Eyes of the Dancing Satyr

The Flashing Eyes of the Dancing Satyr

The Enigmatic and Fascinating 25 Century-Old Dancing Satyr of Mazara del Vallo (Trapani) “Atruvammu ‘a statua, attruvammu ‘a statua” (“We found the statue, we found the statue!”) cried the fishermen, breaking the quietness of the night on the high-sea. This happened the night between the 4th and 5th of March, 1998, when the crew of […]

At Santa Lucia…You Eat Cuccìa

At Santa Lucia…You Eat Cuccìa

As tradition says “a Santa Lucia si mancia ‘a cuccìa” (at Santa Lucia you eat cuccìa), but where does this custom find its origins? In Sicily all traditions, especially the culinary ones, trace their origins to the distant past and are very often pertinent to religious belief. According to legend, in the mid-seventeenth century a […]

Pasta alla Norma, a Homage to Bellini? A Masterpiece Whatever!

Pasta alla Norma, a Homage to Bellini? A Masterpiece Whatever!

Although Pasta alla Norma is internationally well-known and appreciated, not everyone knows the story of its name. This simple but delicious Mediterranean dish finds its origins in Catania, the Sicilian province where the lively Etna volcano lies. A true emblem of Sicilian culinary tradition, Pasta alla Norma is a very simple dish where maccaroni are […]

Sicilians Celebrate San Giuseppe…Deliciously!

Sicilians Celebrate San Giuseppe…Deliciously!

During this period, if you peek into a Sicilian woman’s kitchen, attracted by tempting aromas, you will certainly find someone mixing and frying then filling the delicious Sfince di San Giuseppe. It is said that the tradition of preparing this pastry dates from as far back as ancient Roman times, when Saint Joseph fleeing to […]

Revealed: The Secret of Palermo’s Famous Mummy Child

Revealed: The Secret of Palermo’s Famous Mummy Child

What is the secret of the perfect preservation of the corpse of a little Sicilian girl who died almost a century ago? The body of Rosalia Lombardo – Palermo’s famous ‘mummy child’ – is considered by experts to be one of the best preserved mummies in the city’s Capuchin Catacombs. It seems as though the […]

A Great Vintage Year in Sicily

A Great Vintage Year in Sicily

Vineyards are bustling, getting ready for the grape harvest that is taking place in Sicily’s vineyards. The island has the largest viticulture area in Italy and is unique for the diversity of wine producing territories. They range from sea level vineyards to those 1100 meters above sea level in the Etna volcanic region. Different soils, […]