“La Grande Bellezza”: reflections of an Italian abroad

Per noi Italiani residenti in Nord America, la premiere di “La Grande Bellezza” nei grandi schermi non poteva arrivare in un momento migliore:  lo sbocciare di una primavera che ha stentato ad arrivare e che ancora e’ a suoi bagliori.   Curiosa di constatare personalmente i giudizi misti e opposti {“e’ straordinario,”  “la grande bruttezza”, etc}…

SICILY: rare exhibit at Cleveland Museum of Art !

Like all things Sicilian, it claimed its own tempo.  Clevelanders had been anticipating the coming of “Sicily: Art and Invention between Greece and Rome” to the Cleveland Museum of Art but news of a halt from the Sicilian government arrested everything.  Then, when we had almost given up, it miraculously appeared.  In true Sicilian fashion. …

Ferragosto in Sicily / New Blog Design!

Buongiorno e Buon Ferragosto a Tutti!!!  Most Sicilians revere “Ferragosto” {August 15} as an almost “holy” holiday …starting from yesterday {August 14} – when we begin celebrating this time off by throwing a “catu d’acqua” {a bucket of water} in front of  each entrance door in our homes to refresh the souls of those long…

Findlay Market: “Little Europe” in the heart of Cincinnati

Buongiorno Buongiorno…..hope everyone is enjoying their summer….during my booktour this year, I’m visiting some amazing places and want to share with you some of my most favorite spots.  Today, I’m thinking about “Findlay Market,” a fun, lively and vibrant environment where I had the feeling of being in “Little Europe”.…with most European gastronomic specialties and…

Food History: The Link Between Sicilian and Arabic Cuisine

GRAZIE to my cousin, Yvonne Maffei, Chef, Food Writer and Publisher of My Halal Kitchen (www.myhalalkitchen.com) for allowing me to write and share a reflection on Mediterranean food history and the connection between Sicilian and Arabic cuisine with her readers, and now you.  You may read the article on Yvonne’s website directly at the link below – I also…

Augusta: Passion and devotion for San Domenico

This weekend, especially on May 24 and 25, I wish I was in Augusta.  My native town, dressed in all the shades of spring, and its scents comes together to celebrate San Domenico, Patron Saint of our city.  Music fills the streets, church bells ring loud and clear, they announce “la festa”.  Celebration and spring…

Mamma ~ Mother: Synonym for Amore in every language.

MAMMA ~ sinonimo di AMORE in ogni lingua…..vi auguro di essere amate e apprezzate non solo oggi ma ogni giorno dell’anno per tutto cio’ che siete, che rappresentate, che date, e che moltiplicate nella vostra famiglia e nel mondo intero sempre e solo con vero AMORE…..Buona Festa della Mamma! MOTHER ~ synonym of LOVE in…

March 8: Buona Festa della Donna!! Happy International Women’s Day!!

Buona Festa della Donna!! Happy International Women’s Day!! A tutte le Mamme, le Nonne, le Sorelle, le Zie, le Cugine, le Amiche, le Donne che con il loro AMORE, PAZIENZA e CREATIVITA’ sono il SOLE di tanti piccoli-grandi UNIVERSI !! Vi auguro una meravigliosa giornata!! To all the Moms, the Grandmothers, the Sisters, the Aunts, the Cousins, the…

Buon San Valentino….con tanto Amore genuino ;)!

L’Amicizia e l’Amore richiedono un’ Arte simile alla danza…..augurandovi di indossare sempre un ottimo paio di scarpe da ballo ;) e tanto amore genuino……Buon San Valentino ;)! Friendship and Love require an Art similar to dance…wishing you to always wear an excellent pair of dancing shoes ;) and much genuine love……Happy Valentine’s Day ;) !

11,000!!! Santa Lucia and il profumo/the scent of your land…

11,000 readers on my blog!!! GRAZIE to Santa Lucia – Patron Saint of Siracusa – celebrated yesterday and today in this quaint maritime hamlet.  Saint Lucia is the Saint of the “blind,” of sight and vision – her name comes from the Latin “lux” = light. This morning’s reflection…. Anche tu lascerai la tua terra,…