Ragusano DOP is a spun curd cheese made with raw cow’s milk using traditional equipment. It is produced throughout the province of Ragusa and in some towns in the province of Syracuse during the fodder season, i.e. November to May. Historically referred to as “caciocavallo ragusano” (caciocavallo from Ragusa), it is one of the island’s oldest dairy...

Sicilian food may have a lot in common with Italian cuisine, but make no mistake: they are not the same. Sicily has been a coveted piece of real estate for 3000 years, and every invader left its mark on its culture and its cuisine. You might call Sicily the home of fusion cuisine. Every conqueror brought new flavors and ingredients, which were then...

Our ancestors likely found grapes delicious but imagine when they realized that fermenting them would lead to an even better (and boozier) delight! For years, winemaking has been a central aspect of Italy's rich enogastronomic identity, but its exact origins were relatively unknown — that is, until a cave discovery in the south of Sicily changed ou...

"Do not call me master, for heaven’s sake,” says Ferdinando Scianna, welcoming me inside his studio, a cosy ground-floor space in the centre of Milan. “I do not teach anything to anyone. Come in, take a seat.” Scianna has just turned 79. Photography, for him, was an obsession that lasted 60 years. “And it is over today,” he declares. He has not tak...

Ostensibly, I’m hopping on a ferry to Sicily’s remote Aeolian islands for a holiday: four days of sea swims, lazy pennichelle (naps) and endless coupes of mulberry granita. This is how I pitch it to Layla, my long-suffering summer holiday companion and necessary translator when southern dialects get too thick. Secretly though, I’ve half-written an...

Lunchtime is approaching and you have just arrived in Sicily, an enchanting and welcoming island with a history spanning thousands of years, rich in culture, mythology, art, and natural beauty, set like a precious gem among the crystal-clear waters of the Mediterranean Sea. Traditional Sicilian gastronomy is varied and it offers several delicacies,...

General George S. Patton, one of the most revered, skilled and yet controversial figures in American military lore, reached the coastal city of Messina and secured the liberation of Sicily on this day in history, August 17, 1943. The fall of Messina marked the end of the Sicily Campaign and set the stage for the invasion and liberation of the Europ...

Italian-American pop icon Madonna has marked her 64th and her son Rocco Ritchie’s 22nd birthdays in Sicily’s famed Val di Noto. She chose the town of Pachino near Siracusa for celebrating the birthday of the son she had with British film director Guy Ritchie on August 11, 2000. Madonna is also celebrating her own 64th  birthday in another nearby Ba...

Friday, August 19, 2022 7:00 pm. Madison Arts & Culture Alliance - 10 Lincoln Place - Madison, NJ 07940. Having given up on his American dream 20 years earlier, Nino Di Martino, a Sicilian lemon grower, returns in 1993 to seek treatment for lung cancer and is housed once again by his sister, Sali, in northern New Jersey. As this intimate immigrant...

Less than an hour from Palermo, Cefalu is one of Sicily’s top seaside towns. Cefalu’s top draw is its Norman cathedral with stunning mosaics inside, part of the UNESCO World Heritage site that also includes 7 Arab-Norman monuments in Palermo and the cathedral in Monreale. Its historic center sits between a sandy beach and a huge rocky cliff topped...