Pizza In Napoli And So Much More

Join me, Allison Scola of Experience Sicily, and Danielle Oteri of Feast on History for 10 days of beyond-the-ordinary Italy that includes savoring authentic Neopolitan pizza in Napoli! During Southern Secrets: Campania and Sicily’s Hidden Corners, we’ll spend five days south of Naples in Campania and five days in Sicily sparking your senses and immersing…

Buona Madonna!

Buona Madonna! This is how my cousin Evelina in Sicily greeted me by text today. So, Happy Feast of the Immaculate Conception or la Festa dell’Immacolata to you! Today’s feast recognizes that the Virgin Mary, the mother of Jesus, was conceived without original sin — something with which, in Catholic dogma, every person is considered…

At Ease In Lo Zingaro

Close your eyes and take a breath. When you open them, imagine that you are here, at the sea of Lo Zingaro Nature Preserve feeling the wind in your hair as your catamaran boat takes you along the Tyrrhenian coastline. Imagine feeling totally at ease and refreshed. It can happen in Sicily. This moment can…

Sicilian Poetry Reading At Seaton Hall University

Ni viriemu! See you! Thurs., Nov., 8 at Seaton Hall University, actor Michael Badalucco will read the poetry of Sicilian poet Nino Provenzano (from Castellammare del Golfo, pictured), translated by Professor Gaetano Cipolla. Co-sponsored by the U.S. Delegation of the Constantinian Order and the Alberto Italian Studies Institute, the event is at 6 p.m. in…

Mazara del Vallo

Piazza della Repubblica, pictured, is the heart of the city of Mazara del Vallo in southwestern Sicily. Mazara del Vallo is considered the most important fishing port in Italy. Founded by the Phoenicians as a trading post, it was significant during the Arab era, when it was the capital of Val di Mazara, one of…

Let’s Talk Cheese: Part 9

In the Valle del Belice in Trapani Province, Sicily, they produce a DOP (Denominazione d’Origine Protetta or Protected Designation of Origin) certified “pasta filata” (stretched/pulled) cheese called Vastedda della Valle del Belice. The name, vastedda, comes from the local Sicilian language–vasta means “gone bad.” In other words, the cheese is made from pecorino cheese that…

The Black Pearl of Sicily

I wish I could say I took this photo from Pantelleria, the largest of Sicily’s off-shore islands, but alas, I have yet to go there! Thanks to my friend Alessandra B., who is vacationing this week on the wind-swept “Black Pearl of the Mediterranean,” for sending this image and more to me. Note the dammuso,…