Festa di Santa Lucia


Join us in New York City to celebrate Santa Lucia on Sunday, December 10 at 2PM at Cacio e Vino Sicilian restaurant.


When: Sunday, December 10, 2017 at 2PM to 5PM
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, tax, and gratuity



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)
[second choice TBA]

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)

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


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.

The afternoon will include 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.


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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