To Tomato? or Not to Tomato?


There is an argument among Sicilians–to put tomato sauce or not in the recipe for pasta con le sarde (Pasta with sardines). Usually, I am in the “without” camp, but this dish, which was what I ate for dinner on Wednesday night in Palermo, made me think twice. I loved how the waiter repeated twice that it had tomatoes in it, just to make sure I knew what I was getting! Next Friday, April 17, 2015, Experience Sicily is co-hosting a dinner-event in New York City: Sicilia Bedda. Although this won’t be on the menu, other wonderful Sicilian dishes cooked by Majella Home Cooking’s chef Michelle Capobianco and her Sicilian mother will be. And as part of Villa Palagonia, I’ll be performing some Sicilian folk songs. More info about registering at

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  1. Wish I could come to your dinner at Sicilia Bedda – food and music. Yum! Buena suerte (Spanish, but closer than French bonne chance)!

    1. Thank you Dana! Italians would say, “In bocca al lupo!” Which is like saying, “Break a leg!”

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