Speak Sicilian: Lesson 1

This is “pani ca meusa maritato” because it has “furmaggiu” coupled with the “meusa.” That is, the spleen sandwich that is “married” because it has cheese coupled with with spleen. Now you’ve learned four words in Sicilian: 1. pani, 2. meusa, 3. maritato, and 4. furmaggiu.

Roasting on an Open Fire

Chestnut season is in full swing. Sicilians who live in the Nebrodi Mountains in Messina Province enjoy this king of nuts in pasta dishes, sweets, or simply roasted on an open fire. They make chestnut flour from them in their mills, and of course, many towns celebrate its harvest with gastronomic festivals that include music,…

Seeking Poetry

“He who seeks poetry should come to Sicily.” Yes, this is true. There is much poetry in Sicily–the land, the sea, the wind, the sun, and the people themselves. But the language too–Sicilian–is also poetic. And Sicilians have a strong tradition of poetry, literature, and song. Together, we’re going to learn more about it in…