I’m in a dessert lover’s dreamland. Zeppole and sfingi surround me. A baker brushes glaze on tarts topped with fresh fruit. Three perfect lemon pies with sky-high swirls of meringue are coming out of the oven in a minute. I’m in the kitchen at Pasticceria Monteleone, a traditional Sicilian bakery in Carroll Gardens. I have a lifelong obsession with...

A Milwaukee father and son set out on a journey to learn as much as they can about their ancestors, with the help of NBC's " Today" show. Steve Balistreri's father and uncle started Sendik's. If you were part of the family, you likely paid your dues at at least one of those stores.  "All of us, all of my brothers and sisters, we all worked there, m...

L’Italia e gli albori del «secolo americano»: questo è il titolo del nuovo libro di GianPaolo Ferraioli, da oggi disponibile in libreria a cura delle Edizioni Scientifiche Italiane. GianPaolo Ferraioli è un vecchia conoscenza della redazione di Sicania News, che ha già avuto il piacere di recensire tanti altri suoi libri, a testimonianza della prol...

The Aeolian Islands or the Lipari Islands is an archipelago of volcanic islands located north of Sicily. The Islands are known to be a very popular tourist destination during summer, and attract more than 200,000 visitors each year. The islands are a world heritage site since 2000 because of their unique geological features. There are 8 main island...

Whether it was “When the saints go marching in,” My girl” or “Stand by me,” the high-energy performances of the U.S. Navy “Topside Brass Band” at the “Almond Blossom Festival” were a memorable success! As part of the annual ten-day Festival celebrating cultural diversity, our Consulate arranged for an ensemble of seven Navy Band musicians to perfor...

Until recently, my only knowledge of Mount Etna was Evelyn Waugh’s parodic description of it, when he visited in the Twenties: I do not think I shall ever forget the sight of Etna at sunset; the mountains almost invisible in a blur of pastel grey, glowing on the top and then repeating its shape, as thought reflected, in a wisp of smoke, with the wh...

Frances Mayes has spent years traveling through Italy and writing about it in her best-selling books like Under the Tuscan Sun. Her latest book, See You in the Piazza: New Places to Discover is a travelogue about all the undiscovered and overlooked gems in Italy, which she reveals to us here. Writing See You in the Piazza: New Places to Discover in...

Ever dreamed of owning your own Italian private island? An aristocratic family is selling one in Sicily for a lot less than the price of a Tuscan villa or a Manhattan loft apartment. Isola delle Femmine, a wild pristine atoll near Palermo with a 17th century crumbling stone tower, is up for sale with offers invited of more than €1million -- about $...

Organizers of Abbeville’s Sicilian Festival are excited following a successful first year. The free cultural celebration was held Saturday at the Sam Guarino Blacksmith Shop Museum. Seven teams participating in the cook-off prepared Sicilian/Italian meals. Beverages, muffalettas, pizza, and ice cream were also sold. Live music entertained the crowd...

Gabriella Pinel, class of 2017, studied Italian at Chapman University while completing her B.F.A. in Television Broadcast Journalism. Motivated by her fruitful study abroad experience in Italy, she decided to move to Sicily after graduation to live in the small fishing village where her mother was born and raised. Recently she completed the short f...