The whole world is aware of Sicilian blood oranges and of how good they are. They are used by the leading beverage producers and are even commercialised in the US. Unfortunately, however, there is no guarantee for consumers on the origin and composition of the fruit juices that reach their tables.  The citrus fruit sector is very important for the...

Vittorio De Sica chose Ispica – known as Spaccaforno until 1935 – to film part of his last movie, which reached cinemas just a few months before his death in 1974. He directed the wonderful Sophia Loren in the role of Adriana, the leading character in Luigi Pirandello’s “The Voyage”. Inspired by the novella, De Sica shot the movie of the same name...

Only in Italy would a tribute to an American president take the form of a big dollop of ice cream. As Donald Trump prepares to descend on the clifftop town of Taormina in Sicily for the G7 summit, a gelateria has come up with a special ice cream it is calling The Trump Cup. Three scoops of gelato in red, white and blue represent the US flag, while...

When Gianluca Butticè moved from his native Sicily to the U.S., he faced the challenges of learning English and American culture. Surmounting that learning curve inspired him to make the journey easier for others. So after spending the past several years teaching Italian, he is branching out into offering tours of Italy that encompass language and...

Nel feb­bra­io del 1917, esat­ta­men­te un se­co­lo fa, ve­ni­va re­gi­stra­to dal si­ci­lia­no Nick La Roc­ca quel­lo che è con­si­de­ra­to il pri­mo di­sco jazz del­la sto­ria. Cen­to anni dopo ca­pia­mo quan­to an­co­ra ci sia mol­to da sco­pri­re in­tor­no alle ori­gi­ni di que­sto ge­ne­re, che ap­pas­sio­na vec­chie e nuo­ve ge­ne­ra­zio­ni,...

When modern bikini hit the shelves in Paris in the summer of 1946, Mediterranean women quickly snatched up it. One year later the world’s smallest bathing suit was introduced to the United States. Unleashed on the world, it conquered both America and Europe. A woman’s love affair with it lasts for 71 years. Bikini never lost its allure. However, it...

What are we talking about, when we discuss “Italian food?”  It’s the age-old question: Italian vs. Italian American. We get so caught up in the details of what the difference is between the food of Italy and the food developed by Italy’s immigrants that we often forget about the behemoth of cuisine that sits just at the toe of Italy’s boot: Sicily....

There’s a reason Rome and Venice are on just about every traveler to Italy’s bucket list. These cities are special and we love both of them for different reasons. If you’ve never been to Italy before, one or both should definitely have a place on your itinerary. But if you’ve been there and done that, Italy has a lot more to offer than La Città Ete...

When: May 22nd at 7pm - Where: St. John's University, D'Angelo Center, Room 416A, 8000 Utopia Parkway, Jamaica, NY 11439. Sponsored by ARBA Sicula. The event is FREE and open to the public. Rosa Tatuata presents a concert of the Folk and Roots Music of Sicily with a special guest performance of la Scherma in stile Sanataria by Maestro Giuseppe Bona...

Sicily’s Jews were banished from this island in 1492, the victims of a Spanish edict that forced thousands to leave and others to convert to Roman Catholicism. More than 500 years later, a nascent Jewish community is planting fresh roots in the Sicilian capital, reclaiming a lost, often painful, history, this time with the aid of the local diocese....