Connect To Sicily
The purpose of this page is to direct you to things that I find interesting, informative, well done or otherwise hard to find; to help my readers grow in their appreciation and love of Sicily. It will not be all inclusive, since the web is full of readily available information, but it will help to inform and direct you to Sicilian restaurants, stores and resources in the New York area and beyond and will certainly grow over time.
If you love biking and want to take a bike trip you will always remember, read Ciclismo Classico’s offerings. This established and highly respected team has many tours for varying skill levels and interests. The guides are wonderful and the planning impeccable. I have personally ridden Piedmont and Sicily, with a non-experienced rider and experienced riders. All agree that the trips were fantastic.
Have a glass of local wine while staring at the blue sea and the rocks that legend says the Cyclops threw at Ulysses. Swim in the pool, and grill vegetables from the garden, outdoors under the palm trees and giant cactus plants. Villa Uliveto Terreforti is elegantly rustic, has 5 bedrooms, each with its own bathroom, a large kitchen and living room. It is wired for WiFi and the bedrooms are air conditioned.
If you live in the New York area and would like to meet other people with an interest in Sicily and things Sicilian, come to an evening hosted by the New York’s Sicilian Food, Wine and Travel Group. Events are hosted at restaurants and other venues, can be educational or simply relaxing and tasty. They all enable you to “travel” without really going anywhere.
I am happy to introduce this recently launched site as a primer to help understand the unique wines of Sicily and winemaking in Sicily today. From indigenous varietals to new blends, tasting notes, pairings and recipes, this is a very good, easy to read, introduction to Sicilian WIne. My own introductory article appears here.
Joe Zarba is a talented photographer, passionate about his ancestral home, Sicily, and one of the nicest people you could meet. He has accumulated beautiful photos from all over the island and his observations make wonderful stories. I love his blog BEDDASICILIA and I am lucky to call him my friend.
The Times of Sicily is a project of Giovanni Morreale. This fabulous online newspaper is devoted to news, culture, food, wine and many other interesting angles all related to Sicily. Some of my stories are in the section titled Lifestyle.
I look forward to reading Sarah Kearney’s White Almond - Private Sicily posts when they arrive in my inbox. Sarah hails from London and is a Sicily part timer, loving every minute. She is a wealth of information and writes in beautiful detail about the varied topics she chooses. It is all an eye opener, and a great way to learn useful information.
Veronica Di Grigoli is an expat learning to live amidst different customs and lifestyles. She embraces it all with a little astonishment and a lot of good humor.
Rochelle Borrello blogs about the area near Messina she calls home. Her photography is beautiful, her articles are interesting and her experiences make me laugh.
Kate Bailward lives in Catania. Her posts tell us stories about life in Sicily and she approaches everything she describes with much humor.
Jann Huizenga moved to Ragusa, Sicily, is restoring a house and writes about her day to day experiences and observations with wit. Read about Baroque Sicily.
Subscribe to the Lost in Sicily blog. It has interesting tourist information, stories and news.
Alfonso Cevola is "obsessed" with Sicily and beautifully articulates his thoughts about why it is so magical in his blog On The Wine Trail in Italy.
Arriving from Ragusa when she was 10, Giovanna Bellia La Marca expresses her love for Sicily in her writing of books, her cooking and her teaching.
Arba Sicula is a non-profit international organization run by Prof. Gaetano Cipolla that promotes the language and culture of Sicily. Many interesting books and publications are available through the website.
New York University gives us Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò. At their home on 12th Street, they host wonderfully rich lectures, musical events, film, and exhibits.
The Calandra Institute is the Italian arm of Queens College. The excellent programming centers around Academic and Cultural events featuring Italian Writers, Documented Italians, and other seminars.
In Tuckahoe, NY, the Westchester Italian Cultural Center is a wonderful resource. They offer extensive programming and exhibits in a beautiful building directly across the street from the Tuckahoe Train Station.
Casa Belvedere, a beautiful landmark building in Staten Island, is dedicated to Italian culture and heritage. They hold events, exhibits, and classes.
In Little Italy, The Italian American Museum offers exhibits and cultural programming.
Through the online newsletter, you can explore the Italian American heritage. They sponsor and support events, readings, and exhibits.
Gelsomino Imports is a new company full of love for Sicily and enthusiasm to share artisanal Sicilian products with us, from jewelry, to food, to ceramics. The lovely selection is unique.
Sicily In New York
Giuseppe Nicolosi, Proprietario
354 E. 84th St.
New York, NY 10028
Giuseppe Nicolosi is the consummate Sicilian host in this "Critic's Pick" gem. He goes table to table regaling his happy patrons with stories, whetting their appetites and then feeding them the freshest and most delicious food. You will go again and again. And make sure you try the stuffed artichokes, the gnocchi, the tortino, the… everything!
Unico Taste of Sicily
156 Sullivan Street
New York, NY 10012
Giovanni has given New York City a gift with this small storefront serving Sicilian specialties. In it one can find arancine, cannoli with sheep’s milk ricotta, gelato made from imported milk, a cornetto with espresso, an inspired panino, and more. You can eat at the few indoor spots, or get something to take away. Giovanni can cater, too! A small storefront with a huge Sicilian heart.
Cacio e Vino
Giusto Priola, Proprietario
80 2nd Avenue (4th Street)
New York, NY 10003
There is a wood burning oven here to make authentic pizzas and create a lovely warm environment. The menu is full of traditional Sicilian dishes including Arancini and Bucatini con le Sarde. The beautiful work of photographer Joe Zarba hangs on the wall and you will think you are there…
Bella Gioia Restaurant
209 4th Avenue at Union Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217
A wonderful addition to the Sicilian restaurant scene, the enthusiastic chef Nico Danielle is bringing his heartfelt talents to traditional and updated dishes. A full list of Sicilian wines accompanies an ambience of Sicilian farmhouse rustic, all done in reclaimed materials.
Piccola Cucina Osteria Siciliana
196 Spring Street, 184 Prince Street, & 75 Thompson Street
New York, NY 10012
There is no mistaking that Chef Philip Guardione’s homeland is Sicily (along with the entire staff) when the menu at Piccolo Cucina Osteria Siciliana boasts things like Sarde alla Beccafico con Finocchio e Arance, Polpo alla Griglia, and Spaghetti al Nero di Seppia Con Seppie. The two locations are on the small side but both are full of Sicilian hospitality, warmth and deliciousness. Three restaurants - Osteria, Trattoria and Estatorio. All wonderful.
665 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10025
Gennaro, whose family hails from Lipari, has been a fixture on the Upper West Side for years. Perpetually packed, the restaurant has expanded twice and it is now easier to get a table. It is as dependable as the Sicilian sun, comfortable as home. Maurizio has brought in more Sicilian wine offerings and on Fridays, there is Sarde Beccafico.
Bar Eolo Sicilian Kitchen
190 7th Avenue
New York, NY 10011
Melissa Muller Daka is bringing attention to Sicily, its food, and wines with great thoughtfulness. She hosts periodic events to showcase the island and its traditions and she's created a Sicilian wine list that is extensive and wonderful. She's recently opened a sister restaurant, Pastai, at 186 9th Avenue between 21st and 22nd Streets, a pasta restaurant in the typical family tradition.
Fabrizio Di Mitri, Proprietario
63 Lafayette Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11217
Across from BAM, this good sized restaurant serves specialties Palermo style, wonderful homemade pastas, sardines and octopus and piatti tipici. The food is terrific and there’s a nice selection of wines, too.
Listen To The Music
A rare find; a Sicilian American that is dedicated to keeping alive traditional Sicilian music. Michela performs with great talent and heart. Her knowledge about the history of Sicilian music, and the songs themselves, is rich.