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…

Cassatelle Sweet Calzones From Sicily

Cassatelle (pictured) are sweet calzones stuffed with a mixture of fresh sheep’s milk ricotta, confectioners’ sugar, and chocolate chips. They are fried, and upon being served, are dusted with confectioners’ sugar. When eaten warm from the fryer, they melt in your mouth. Cassatelle follow cannoli in terms of my favorite Sicilian dessert (Yes, more than…