Two Chefs From Sicily Will Get To Your Heart Through Your Stomach

These two lover boys, Chef Nino Elia and Giuseppe Sciurca — two chefs from Sicily, want to cook Valentine’s dinner for you on Saturday, February 16! Check out the updated prix-fixe menu for Experience Sicily’s Valentine’s Day Sicilian Style in New York City event. And don’t wait! This exclusive dinner is filling up. Register by…

Do As the Catenese Do

When in… Sicily… And today, more specifically, Catania… do as the Catenese do! Going deeper, as they say… So, yeah, I ate horse meat today. I know. I know. I normally don’t eat red meat or pork, but I am on a research trip, and in the spirit of an intrepid traveler, my Catanese friends…

Cannoli Documentary Now Viewable On Amazon Prime

It’s out! Earlier this year, I had the pleasure to work with Fusion Box Films as they created “Cannoli, Traditions Around the Table,” a documentary about my favorite pastry and Italian-American heritage. Now you can watch it on Amazon Prime! The film recently won Best Documentary at the NYWIFT’s Film Festival. Congratulations to Andrea Cordaro…

Best Wishes To Cantina Quattrocieli

Cantina Quattrocieli in Alcamo, Sicily, a winery I visited in September (pictured), reported that they tasted their novello (new wine) for San Martino, and they are happy with the results thus far. For the young wine makers, who are still growing their business and perfecting their craft, this is wonderful news! Bravi e auguri!

When Making Cannoli

Look at these beauties I came upon this evening in Acitrezza, Sicily at Eden Bar! “Holy cannoli” is right! As I get ready for our Experience Sicily hands-on cooking and wine tour, Stirring Sicily, (presented along with Zest Lititz, Penn. and Chef Antonino Elia) that starts tomorrow, a word of advice for when you make…

Gelato Dreams

What’s your favorite flavor? Because on this, a day scientists have cited as the most depressing day of the year, dreams of gelato in Sicily can cheer us all up. Here’s a selection available from one of my favorite spots: La Rotunda in Casteldaccia, Palermo Province.

Sfincione for Christmas Eve in Sicily

Very different from our Italian-American tradition for Christmas Eve, which is to have a large, family meal often featuring fish, the tradition my cousins in Bagheria, Sicily follow for “La Vigilia,” is to have sfincione Bagherese along with pan-fried cardoon (artichoke thistle) and maybe a small serving of pasta. Pictured is my cousin Evelina’s favorite…