Frying and Stuffing

Join me on Facebook Live on Saturday, April 21 sometime after 1:35 PM EDT and before 2 PM for a look into our New York Cannoli Crawl.

Burgio: A Souvenir And A Story

Bringing home a unique handcrafted piece of pottery for yourself or your loved ones is a fantastic souvenir. Sicily has many centers of ceramics, perhaps the most famous are Caltagirone, Santo Stefano di Camastra, and Sciacca. Burgio, where I photographed this image, is also well-known for its earthenware. For an off-the-beaten path stop, it’s a…

Sant’Angelo Muxaro’s Golden Bowl

This golden bowl is a patera (libation bowl) from the 6th century BC. This particular one is a copy of the original (now in the British Museum) that was found in a cave-tomb on the hillside of the mountain village of Sant’Angelo Muxaro, north of Agrigento. Discovered in the late 18th century, the bowl sports…

It’s All About The Ricotta

As I prepare to lead this Saturday’s New York City Cannoli Crawl (Sorry folks, this edition is sold out! ), I thought I’d share a photo of one of Sicily’s top three cannoli, in my humble opinion… From Euro Bar in Dattilo. What makes these so good? Many things, but primarily, the very fresh sheep’s…

Temple E Is Electric

Today considered Europe’s largest archeological site, Selinunte was a Greek city built on the southwestern coast of Sicily by colonists from the eastern Sicilian Greek outpost of Megara Hyblea. Founded around 651 BC, it displayed its power by building massive temples dedicated to various gods, like this one pictured, Temple E, which scholars believe was…

Lo Zingaro Makes Me Feel Fine

Dreaming of the summer breezes of Lo Zingaro Nature Preserve in western Sicily that make me feel fine … (Photo by Filippo Buttitta)

The Siren’s Echo

After an acclaimed European tour, Sicilian musician and songwriter Carmen Consoli will release her live double CD, Eco di Sirene, on April 13. Regretfully, I will have to wait until I’m in Sicily next month to get my hands on this acoustic recording, but from the fan videos I’ve seen, it will be worth the…

Ancient Meets Contemporary

Quattro Canti, where the four ancient quarters of Palermo meet at the intersection of Via Maqueda and Corso Vittorio Emanuele, is also known as Teatro del Sole. As you can see from this photo by my cousin Filippo Buttitta, throughout each day and throughout each season, the sun lights up the statues on the four…

Diamonds Under the Soles of Your Shoes

The spellbinding inlaid floor of the La Chiesa di Santa Maria dell’Ammiraglio (c. 1143) or, the “Martorana” Church, in Palermo is a splendid example of Arab and Norman architectural and decorative styles. Semi-precious stone and marble pieces create dizzying and spectacular mosaic designs.