Sicily’s Breast Shaped Pastry

When you see this pastry show up in every pasticceria in Sicily, you know February is upon us. Minna di Sant’Agata (or Minna di Sant’Aita in Sicilian), or Saint Agatha’s Breast, is made and eaten in honor of the Sant’Agata, Catania’s patroness. The breast-shaped pastry represents the virgin martyr who is the patron saint of…

Cassatelle Sweet Calzones From Sicily

Cassatelle (pictured) are sweet calzones stuffed with a mixture of fresh sheep’s milk ricotta, confectioners’ sugar, and chocolate chips. They are fried, and upon being served, are dusted with confectioners’ sugar. When eaten warm from the fryer, they melt in your mouth. Cassatelle follow cannoli in terms of my favorite Sicilian dessert (Yes, more than…

Say Yes To Sicily In 2020

Whenever I’m in Siracusa, I make a point to stop by the Antico Mercato in Ortigia to say hello to Angelo. Perhaps my roots as the great-granddaughter of fishermen from Porticello make me feel right at home in amongst the swordfish. TIP: Life is slower in Sicily, so when you are visiting friends and family…