Geeking Out Over Cannoli On The Ovunque Siamo Podcast

Thank you to Mike Fiorito and Ovunque Siamo for hosting me on the Meatball and Spaghetti Artist Podcast. We spend just over 30 minutes waxing poetic about cannoli–I really geek-out on this one, so be prepared! Look for it on Spotify at https://open.spotify.com/episode/4oUqU8Wj62lMiL54gKU35d?fbclid=IwAR1NkH4-sS_-LZzN3iTnm14dCFhhFkbo5Ueo0e3mpl1EX6yILWnjPmf_KLE

The Vendemmia In Sicily

Currently throughout Sicily grape growers are measuring the sugar, acid, and tannin levels of their grapes in preparation for the annual vendemmia, or grape harvest. Up to now, wine-making has been about caring for the vines, pruning the growth, and ensuring that the fruit has received enough air, sunlight, and water for an abundant and…

An Altar For Santa Rosalia

Normally on September 4, devotees of Santa Rosalia, Palermo’s patroness, recognize their protectress with a solemn pilgrimage to her sanctuary at the top of Mount Pellegrino. They pay homage to the maiden who died on this day in 1166, with prayers, solitude, and a trek up the mountain barefoot or on their knees. This year…

Ameri-Sicula: Sicilian Culture in America

I’m thrilled to have contributed a chapter to this book that has just been released! Ameri-Sicula: Sicilian Culture in America, edited by Mark Hehl and published by Legas. “Cannoli: The Gateway to Discovering My Sicilian Heritage,” discusses how my father’s sweet tooth opened a sublime world to me. “Because like the cow’s-milk ricotta-based cannoli sold…