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…

La Dolce Vita University

Experience Sicily friend Carla Gambescia recently published a wonderful book, La Dolce Vita University: An Unconventional Guide to Italian Culture from A to Z. We love entries such as G for Greek Soul of Sicily and N for Norman Arab Sicily! On Monday night, we enjoyed a fun evening of trivia in New York City…

She Gives Them Fever

Ever since I read “The Stone Boudoir” by Theresa Maggio, I’ve dreamed of going to la Festa di Sant’Agata in Catania. Maggio describes in detail the rituals of the event that is a combination of cultish religious devotion, prayer, folklore, fireworks, and culinary delights. The celebration is two nights and two days long, representing the…