Forget cappuccino and the croissant-like brioche/cornetto. In Sicily, locals start their summer days on a sweet and refreshing note, breakfasting on granita câ brioscia, or granita with brioche.  Granita for breakfast A Sicilian specialty, granita is a cold, sweet treat made from water, sugar, and fruit that is never completely frozen. It's mixed c...

Aztec Chocolate in Sicily: An online cooking lesson presented by Annalisa Pompeo. Introduction to the history of the Aztec chocolate in Modica by Pierpaolo Ruta. Moderated by Teresa Fiore (Inserra Chair, Montclair State University). Closing remarks by Floriana Di Gesù (Università degli Studi di Palermo) When: Monday April 19, 2021   11:00am-12:30pm...

Every Good Friday in Trapani a centuries-old tradition representing the Passion and death of Christ is repeated: the twenty-four hours Procession of the Mysteries (Misteri). The Procession of the Mysteries (Misteri) of Trapani still arouses great emotion and excitement in town. The Mysteries are eighteen sculptural groups and two simulacra made bet...

Dear friends, today I start this editorial with a good news about me and I want to share it with you: I received the first dose of anticovid vaccine, and next April 2 I will have the second one. I believe that for me it was fate that a wonderful Italian nurse, Celeste Radatti, inoculated me with an American vaccine. Two flags, One vaccine! On this...

We publish this article, in its English translation, courtesy of the author and of the magazine HuffPost, which we thank, where it was published in the Italian version on March 9th. It's March 11, 2020. The World Health Organization declares that Sars-CoV-2 is a pandemic. The world stops and our habits change: distancing and limitations to mobility...

Lasagne, one of the most popular Italian dishes, has a long and interesting history and  traces its origin to the ancient Greeks. Lasagne with pistachios pesto is a delicious vegetarian dish, something to try!  Bronte Pistachios, from a small village in Sicily, are smaller then other pistachios but tastier and with a brilliant emerald color!  Pista...

John Carollo grew up in a small town in Sicily before immigrating to Brooklyn at the age of 14. There were no organized sports where he lived, a very small town, but all the boys loved to just kick a ball around together. Upon his arrival in Brooklyn and enrollment in the local High School one year later, he was stunned by the school soccer teams,...

Inhabited by the Siculi even before the Greeks arrived on the Sicilian coast in 734 BC, Taormina, then known as Naxos, is a Sicilian jewel that combines the looks of a medieval village, the feel of its ancient Greek soul, the sights, colors and scents of the typical Mediterranean vegetation.  Located near the strait that separates Sicily from the I...

We’re celebrating International Women’s Day by exploring one of Italian history’s most-neglected protagonists, Margaret of Navarre, the Norman Queen of Sicily. We’re joined by Jacqueline Alio, an Italian American now living in Palermo, Sicily, who has written a dozen books on Sicilian history, focusing on the island’s long-overlooked queens.  She’l...

The final episode of the police television series Il Commissario Montalbano was aired last night on Italy's national broadcaster RAI, attracting an audience of more than nine million viewers. Titled Il metodo Catalanotti, it was however only the eighth most-watched episode in the two-decade series which attracted a record 11.2 million viewers in 20...