From The Kitchen Of: Felicita Fichera

The first time I tried my friend’s homemade Sicilian pesto was about a year ago and I have been wanting to share it with you here ever since. It’s super easy and incredibly delicious, just be sure to use fresh, good quality ingredients. Fresh ricotta cheese is a very common ingredient here. You can find…

Pasta alla Norma

From the kitchen of: Pina Sambataro Vincenzo Bellini is a type of hometown hero in these parts. The Italian opera writer was born in the nearby city of Catania in 1801. One of his most popular operas is called, “Norma.” It is after the heroine of this particular opera, the well-known Sicilian dish, “pasta alla norma,”…

From The Kitchen Of: Agata Arena

I enjoyed a lot of fantastic food during the six months I spent in Sicily last year; three of my favorite meals were culinary masterpieces skillfully made by my friend’s mom, Agatha. Agatha’s namesake, like many women in the Catania area, is the patron saint of the city, Saint Agatha. There is a huge annual…

From The Kitchen Of: Fabio Coco

My good friend Stephanie and her husband Fabio are two of the neatest folks I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know over the past 8 months. They are extremely kind, talented, helpful, generous, sincere, inspirational, thoughtful, hospitable and lots of FUN! Just before I returned to Catania in October, Fabio did a cooking class…