7 04, 2011

A Brief Guide to Dining in Palermo

2016-01-09T13:30:35+01:00April 7th, 2011|Categories: Carbs, Culture, Fish, Food & Wine, Fried Foods, Gastronomic Traditions, Offal, Restaurants, Sicily, Sweets & Dessert|30 Comments

After five days in the fatherland, I can officially say that I’m full. Palermo is a place where it is unthinkable not to indulge. There are fried things everywhere, the fish is amazingly fresh, and you just can’t duplicate those amazing ricotta-filled pastries off the island. […]

1 04, 2011

Five Days in the Fatherland

2016-01-07T03:36:35+01:00April 1st, 2011|Categories: Culture, Food & Wine, Gastronomic Traditions, Sicily|7 Comments

My nonno in front of the Cattedrale in Palermo In 1899, my great grandfather Niccolo’ Cipollina was born in Palermo near La Cala. His father worked in the port as a steamfitter and in 1906, he packed up his big family and moved to New York City. Little Niccolo’s name was changed to Nicholas at [...]

15 03, 2010

Published in Southern Flourish Magazine

2016-01-07T03:42:00+01:00March 15th, 2010|Categories: Basilicata, Culture, Food & Wine, Gastronomic Traditions, Naples & Campania, Puglia, Sicily|0 Comments

Today, the premier issue of Southern Flourish Magazine, a digital publication all about life and culture in the American South, went live. When the editor asked me to contribute a piece about the Italian south, I naturally wrote about eating […]

25 02, 2010

Lo Sfinge

2016-01-07T03:42:05+01:00February 25th, 2010|Categories: Carbs, Daily Food Photo, Fried Foods, Gastronomic Traditions, Naples & Campania, Rome & Lazio, Sicily, Sweets & Dessert|0 Comments

My love of ricotta in all its sweet forms is no secret. I couldn’t turn down a cassata, crostata, or cannolo to save my life. My obsession with lo sfinge is no less intense. And while many are busy avoiding such things for Lent, I’m eating […]

18 02, 2010

Crostata di Ricotta

2016-01-07T03:42:08+01:00February 18th, 2010|Categories: Culture, Daily Food Photo, Gastronomic Traditions, Rome & Lazio, Sicily, Sweets & Dessert|6 Comments

For me, ricotta desserts are more than just rich, delicious temptations. They are slices of history that tell of Rome’s past. A sliver of ricotta crostata (tart), cassola (pancake), or torta (cake) brings two eras of Roman history to mind. The first […]