Brought to Sicily by the Arabs, the wondrous sesame seed is still cultivated by hand today, and with great effort, in Ispica, a town close to the southernmost part of the island. The guardians of its future are two brothers who are undeniably fond of those sunburnt fields.  Arranging a time to chat with the Gambuzza family is almost impossible: the...

The largest cannoli in the world is the one made in Caltanissetta: the ascertained and certified length is 21.43 meters, which destroys the previous record recorded in the "Guinness World Records" of 5.75 meters. The spectacular "feat" was achieved yesterday afternoon in Corso Umberto where, anticipating the creation of a record cannoli, a 30-meter...

Thursday, September 29, 2022. 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT. I AM Books - 124 Salem Street - Boston, MA 02113. This is a ticketed event with limited seating. Please purchase your tickets here. Join I AM Books for an evening of traditional and modern Sicilian music with I Beddi! "Di folk in folk" is a performance with sounds, songs, lyrics and tales belongi...

A local author will be visiting the East Bank Regional Library in Metairie (4747 W Napoleon Ave) to talk about her book, exploring a local nonfiction theme. Elizabeth Williams, founder and president of the Southern Food and Beverage Museum, will discuss her "Nana’s Creole Italian Table: Recipes and Stories from Sicilian New Orleans" at 7 p.m. Wedne...

A newly renovated Golf Mill Park in Niles was home to the return of the 122nd annual Feast of Maria SS Lauretana of Altavilla Milicia festival over Labor Day weekend with thousands in attendance. The event celebrates what the faithful see as a miracle that took place off the coast of Sicily in the year 1623. The legend says a ship with a heathen pi...

There are two parallel culinary worlds in Palermo: traditional home cooking and street food. Palermitans are very proud of their traditional food, and I’d advise a stop at Trattoria da Nonna Dora for pasta con le sarde, which celebrates local ingredients sardines, pine nuts, raisins and wild fennel. A generous portion costs €6. After fresh fish? Tr...

Rolling hills covered with wheat fields and dotted with wind turbines stretched into the distance as far as the eye could see. Occasionally, a stone village appeared among them, terraced along the hillside or sitting atop a ridge overlooking the ochre-and-gold landscape. The scenery could have been out of Val d'Orcia – the Tuscan region of The Glad...

The National Biodiversity Future Center (NBFC), Italy's first national research center for biodiversity, hosted at the University of Palermo, opened on Thursday. The announcement was by the Council for Research in Agriculture and Agrarian Economy Analysis (CREA), which is taking part in the project.The center, provided for the National Recovery and...

The legend of the Testa di Moro or Moor’s Head,  is one of the best known of the Sicilian tradition. To tell the truth, there are two versions of this same story, linked to an important symbol of Sicilianity. In fact, the Testa di Moro represent Sicily all over the world. Beautiful and colourful, with attention to detail and precious, are chosen no...

In Valle d’Aosta, the harvest has been going on since mid-August, but in Sicily, on Etna, it will perhaps begin in mid-September, at least 10 days late. An Italy literally split in two: from North to South, that of the heroic harvest, or the maneuvers, mostly manual, that are being set in motion for the harvest of grapes in the most inaccessible an...