Wearing Sicily

For a unique gift for the Sicilofile in your life, stop here! Gelsomino Imports carries handmade paper jewelry inspired by Sicilian art, landscape, and lights produced by The Foxies. This bracelet is made from the 1154 planisphere of the Mediterranean (specifically Sicily) drawn up by thinker and geographer Muhammad Al-Idrisi (1099–1165). Known as the Tabula…

Ridge Over Common Forchetta

Cavatelli pasta–a fresh pasta from Sicily–is formed with ridges using your thumb and a fork. Give it a try with Experience Sicily and GoSicily this September 15-22 during our Stirring Sicily trip in conjunction with Zest! Thanks to GoSicily and Gelsomino Imports for another fantastic event today!

Stuffed Sardines Siciliana

Sarde a beccafico, or stuffed sardines, is arguably my favorite “secondo,” or second dish. Tonight at Zest!, GoSicily: Sicilian Cooking Experience’s Annalisa Pompeo taught us how to make this signature Sicilian recipe. With assistance from beloved teacher Nino Elia, we learned how to make the stuffing mixture, prepare the fresh sardines, and fry them up….

Passing on Love

As we were reminded yesterday by Annalisa of GoSicily, Sicilian Cooking Experience, the traditions of food preparation and recipes are passed from one generation to the next. Grandmothers to mothers to daughters and sons… Here, Cacio e Vino’s owner, Giusto Priola, is showing one of our New York event’s guests how to make fresh cavatelli…

Cooking Sicily in NYC

We are so fortunate here in New York City because our friend Annalisa Pompeo from GoSicily Cooking Experience is here visiting from Agrigento. But not only visiting–she’s here presenting a handful of cooking demonstrations as part of various events that Experience Sicily is co-hosting with GelsominoImports.com, importers of fine Sicilian artisanal products. Tonight Annalisa wowed…

Sicilians Fill My Heart

After traversing Sicily yesterday, I spent today in Castelvetrano (Trapani Province) with my good friends Sebastiano Chiofalo and Niki Masino, the owners of Gelsomino Imports. It has been the last full day of this adventure, and the theme that keeps filling my heart is the immense generosity of Sicilians. I know I’ve mentioned this before;…

Silver Girl

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…

Hand Picked

Olives are ready to be harvested in October and November. In early October, farmers pick them for eating. Now, at the end of October and into November, they pick them to make olive oil. These beautiful Nocellara del Belice variety of olives from Castelvetrano are picked by hand in order to best preserve the integrity…