The 2021 Brancati Olive Oil From Sicily Is Here

The 2021 olive oil from Sicily has arrived in the United States! I’m so thrilled to have this outstanding organic oil from Azienda Bio Brancati imported by Gelsomino Imports LLC. Once familiar with the care and love these olives received during cultivation, you realize the difference between mass-produced oil and Brancati’s phenomenal artisanal oil. It’s…

The White Cliffs Of Sicily

White and pristine, these seaside cliffs are coveted by Sicilians, and are a priceless gift from Madre Terra (Mother Nature). La Scala dei Turchi, or Stairs of the Turks, is a natural phenomenon of hard-mud material that is a combination of calcium carbonate and lime mixed with other types of clay and silt, called marl…

Presenting Him In Palermo: The Epiphany

Buona Epifania! Happy Epiphany! This magnificent depiction of the Nativity was commissioned by Palermo’s Oratorio of San Lorenzo in 1609. It illustrates the newborn baby Jesus with Saint Francis (top right) and Saint Lawrence (left) looking over the shoulder of the Virgin Mother. Painted by Caravaggio (Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571-1610)) in the chiaroscuro technique,…

Lasagne For New Year’s In Sicily

While sporting red underwear, enjoying lasagne for New Year’s is traditional in some parts of Sicily (NB there are many, many traditions according to your “church bell” zone, aka campanilismo.). Importantly, however, it isn’t the lasagne that you might think. This Sicilian-style lasagne is more like a broad tagliatelle cut how you like it… And…