Share Caponata During Sicily On Long Island

We’ll start our Sicily on Long Island luncheon on Sunday with caponata. Caponata is a traditional starter or side featuring Sicily’s sweet and sour flavors known as agrodolce. Usually with an eggplant base, it’s a combination of tomatoes, celery, capers, olives, onions, raisins, pine nuts (this one has some peppers), vinegar, and sugar… And oh,…

The Bust Of Sant’Agata Of Sicily

Replicas of the bust of Sant’Agata appear all over Catania. The actual bust is made of precious metals and is encrusted with jewels, making it extremely heavy. During these days of the feast, February 3 to 5, Catania’s faithful engage in back-breaking activities to illustrate their devotion and honor their patroness, Sant’Agata. Through rituals, they…

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…