Festa di Santa Lucia

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Join us in New York City to celebrate Santa Lucia on Sunday, December 9, 2018 at 2PM at Cacio e Vino Sicilian restaurant.

Celebrate La Festa di Santa Lucia

When: Sunday, December 9, 2018 at 2PM until 5:30PM
What: Feast, short folk music concert, and presentation about Santa Lucia
Where: Cacio e Vino, 80 Second Ave (between 4th and 5th Streets). East Village, New York, NY
Price: $60/person, includes full Sicilian feast menu, wine, entertainment, raffle ticket, tax, and gratuity

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MENU

**Antipasti**
Zuppa di Maccu di Fave (Fava bean soup)
Arancine di Carne (Rice balls with meat ragu)
Arancine di Spinaci (Rice balls with spinach)

**Primo (Choice of…)**
Risotto di Pesce (Fish Risotto)
Risotto ai Funghi (Mushroom Risotto)

**Insalata**
Insalata Mista (served family style)

**Secondo (Choice of…)**

  • Polpette Salsiccia e Costolette di Maile
    (Meat balls, Italian sausage, and spare Ribs with tomato sauce and housemade fresh focaccia)
  • Baccala’ alla Ghiotta
    (Sautèed cod fish, baked potatoes, olives, and tomatoes)
  • Scaloppine di Pollo Organico
    (Organic Chicken Scaloppini with Marsala sauce, mushrooms, and mashed potatoes)

**Dolce**
Cuccia con Ricotta
(Sweet farro with ricotta, orange zest, and candied fruit)

THE PROGRAM

Along with the full menu above, the afternoon will include a short concert of Sicilian folk songs and folk music inspired by Sicily presented by the duo Villa Palagonia music ensemble.

Allison Scola of Experience Sicily will lead a presentation about the history and cult of Santa Lucia.

Your reservation cost also includes entrance into a raffle for artisanal products from Sicily, a gift from Villa Palagonia music duo, or a gift card from Experience Sicily boutique tours & creative travel planning. We’ll pass out raffle entry tickets during the afternoon so you can enter.

Transportation/Arrival Details

The closest Subway stop to Cacio e Vino is the 6 Train to Astor Place. Once out of the station, walk east to E 8th Street, which quickly becomes St. Mark’s Place. Walk east down St. Mark’s Place and once you arrive at Second Avenue, turn right. Cacio e Vino is between 5th and 4th Streets, on the east side of the street.

Alternatively, the F Train to 2nd Avenue offers a short walk to Cacio e Vino.

Street parking is available on Sundays. There are also a number of paid parking facilities within walking distance. Consult your GPS or navigation app for suggestions.

ABOUT THE FEAST OF SANTA LUCIA

In the days leading up to the Feast of Santa Lucia, December 13, many Sicilians refrain from eating pasta and only eat un-ground wheat grain, or “farro,” that is prepared as a dish called cuccìa. Devotees observe this ritual to remember the severe famine that struck Siracusa and Palermo in 1646.

During that time of Spanish domination, the faithful prayed to their patron saint, Lucia, seeking relief. Finally in May during a mass, a squawking quail flew into the duomo in Ortigia (NB, the name “Ortigia” comes from the Ancient Greek word “ortyx,” which means quail.). At the same moment, a messenger entered the church announcing that ships had arrived carrying wheat grain. All hailed it a miracle, attributing the relief to Santa Lucia having answered their prayers.

Now, annually for her feast day in December devotees process her precious silver statue through the streets and only eat cuccìa and arancine as homage to the patron saint of eyes, sight, light, and wheat.

Join us at Cacio e Vino for this special event!

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