Sicilian specialties: Chef Andrea Cavaleri shares home cooking at Napa Farmers Market

Sep 19, 2023 165

"That Enzo, he always has some food in his mouth,” Chef Andrea Cavaleri said. He was referring to an Italian boy devouring Cavaleri’s soft Sicilian almond cookies at a recent Farmers Market. Cavaleri sells these and a wide array of other Sicilian delicacies weekly at the Napa Farmers Market. His main gig, however, is cooking as a private event chef throughout the Napa Valley.

Originally from Palermo, Sicily, Cavaleri said he fell in love with food at an early age. “I saw my momma, grandmomma, sister, always cooking,” he said. “I grew up on a market street; I lived on the second floor, and the first floor was a mom-and-pop restaurant. I asked them to do anything I could to be around the food. When I was 11, I started doing little jobs, making bread, baking, butcher, chopping, slicing.”

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