In the past, artists would sometimes sign their works in an interesting way. For example, Bolognese painter Bartolomeo Passerotti (1529-1592) would paint a chubby little sparrow in plain sight in his paintings (his surname means “sparrow”), whereas sculptor Giacomo Serpotta (1656-1732), a Palermo native, would similarly adorn his statues with the i...

Il corto ispirazionale dal titolo Take my hand del filmaker trapanese Francesco Siro Brigiano s’è aggiudicato la vittoria del Los Angeles LA Film Awards, nella categoria “Best Inspirational”, e del festival internazionale Festigious, anch’esso di Los Angeles, nella sezione “Inspirational”. Si tratta di un racconto astratto ed autobiografico ispirat...

The recovery in southern Italy is continuing, driven by business. Gross domestic product (GDP) rose 0.9% in 2016, after +1% in 2015: moderate growth that should continue also in the first part of 2017. And it is industry in the strict sense which is fueling this trend: its value added rose in 2016 by 3.4%: two points higher than the Italian average...

You might hear a few people yell, “Baby John!” as they walk by John Delutro’s Caffe Palermo in New York City’s Little Italy. But if you ask “Baby John” himself, he prefers to be called “The Cannoli King.” That moniker is exactly why John Delutro was the perfect pastry chef to explain the origins of the crispy, creamy cannoli for Fox News' latest “O...

In the mid-nineteenth century Italy was a place of great social differences, varieties of intent and multiplicity of interests and fashions. Suffice it to think that half of the peninsula had been involved in the Independence Wars while the south was placidly on its way to the Bourbon decline that the movie "The Leopard" such beautifully taught us....

I've written about a number of different sweeter style wines. I am one that has a sweet tooth and enjoys a nice dessert wine. I'm veering off from the typical moscato d'asti and brachetto d'acqui in the north and taking you an island off the coast of Sicily for some passito di Pantelleria.

The arrival of a sleekly suited and enigmatic-looking man flanked by three watchful, headset-wearing bodyguards whose hands hovered above the meaningful bulges beneath their jackets did not, at first, seem that remarkable. After all, around 430 clients, many of them new, travelled from across the world to the Sicilian capital of Palermo to experien...

Sicily sits at the toe of Italy's boot, just 2 miles (3.2 kilometers) from the mainland, at its closest point, and a short ferry ride from the town of Messina. But our gateway to Sicily was on the other side of the island, flying into the capital Palermo. We have holidayed in Italy before, but now with my partner and our 6-year-old daughter Kitty i...

Both in reality and fiction the small Sicilian town of Corleone, 37 miles from Palermo, has gained notoriety over the years as a Mafia stronghold. Most people have heard about the town of Corleone, thanks to Mario Puzo’s book The Godfather and Francis Ford Coppola’s classic Godfather trilogy. Some of the most notorious real-life mafia bosses, inclu...

It’s hard to imagine Sicilian cooking without eggplant. You find it in every market, in every restaurant and certainly in every home kitchen. Having recently visited Sicily, I remember each eggplant binge fondly — and there were many. It is always fascinating to see how cuisines and cultures collide. Sicily has been fought over and ruled by many pe...