Italia – Sicilia Part 3


Barrels and barrels of Marsala wine (from ThinkSicily)

Let’s go back to discovering a little more about Sicilia!

Our own mlla, MN continues, “Sicily has been a grain-producing territory for the Ancient  Romans. As today, oranges, lemons, olives, capers,  almonds and pistachio, grapes and figs, but also tomatoes, eggplants and peppers broccoli  are just a part of its large agricultural production.  To be noted the production of cheese namely the famous Ricotta, the Pepato or the Caciocavallo.  Honey is also produced in large quantities and flavors due to the richness of the flora.


Fisheries represent another  part of the economy as well as tourism, the latter, due to beauty of the natural landscapes, the baroccan cities, the numerous archeological sites and of course the food and the wines like Nero d’Avola or Marsala or the sweet Passito and Zibibbo are known world wide.

At the end of your dinner you will likely to be offered the tasty Almond flavored white wine.Tourists and voyagers can enjoy the typical dishes like the home made pastas recipes:  Pasta alla Norma (named out of Vincenzo Bellini opera), Pasta con le sarde, Pasta con acciughe e finocchietto, as well as the famous Arancini, la  Caponata, le Melanzane alla parmigiana, not to mention the well known pastries and cakes: Cannoli siciliani, Cassata, Frutta Martorana and the Modica chocolate to name a few.”

Thank you MN for your contribution to Sicilia Part 3!
Additional Resources:
“Marsala, wine town and landing point of Garibaldi’s 1000 men”

“Ricotta Salata cheese”  Everyday Food Ricotta  4/17/2014

“Cannoli Siciliani”   bakepedia  3/3/2014

21 thoughts on “Italia – Sicilia Part 3”

  1. Thanks for this lovely “food journey”. I have a friend that loves wine so this year for Christmas will try to find some from Marsala. She has endured my IL VOLO information campaign and deserves a ‘thank you’.

  2. Hey, friends,

    I haven’t had time to read the blogs or comments, and now here I am asking a couple off-topic questions…. I promise to share the results afterwards.

    So… I am putting together an IL VOLO party around the Taormina concert (holy moly that was spectacular!) I’m creating a playlist with names of songs, their video time-markers, and when each song was first “published” or if not that, which tour it was introduced.

    Maybe someone can help me with the few bits of info I’m missing:
    On the recording available by searching YouTube for
    at 59:50 the ragazzi, I didn’t get the name of their band or the name of that song
    and the name of the next song at 1:04:31
    at 1:20:33 the Italian name of the song is Anema e core. Is “Until” the correct name for the English lyrics? and does anyone know the spelling of the accordion player’s name? Is it Daniele Palaska? (also mentioned in the last few minutes of the videos, when IL VOLO is thanking the band)

    If you haven’t seen the concert vid, you will love it!!

    Thank you for any help on this! Any place where I thought might be more appropriate to post was too far back in the blogs.

    In gratitude,
    ~ Jeanine, Compassion’s Doorway

    1. Hi Jeanine,
      Regarding the song Anema e Core, it seems to me that the English title should be “Heart and Soul” but I have never seen it written with regard to Il Volo. I also never saw it called “Until.” As for the accordionist, his name is Daniele Falasca. And yes, I love that concert too! I have watched it several times. I think it is one of the best, if not THE best, Il Volo concerts anywhere! They just get better and better – waiting to see Pescara next week!

      1. Thank you, Laia!

        I can see how I mis-heard Daniele’s last name. Much appreciation!

        And, though a site mentioned “Until”, the words didn’t match what Gianluca sang. (More reply below Loretta’s comment.)

        I’ll have the playlist info ready by Tues. if not before. (Party is Monday and lots to do before then!)

        And, mlla an mfa, thanks for this delightful blog. I checked out the food, too. I’m with you, Loretta… who wants to make these foods for me? 😉

        ~ Jeanine, Compassion’s Doorway

  3. I also have a request.I have not the computer savvy to post videos and I wonder if someone could do a “Throwback Thursday” with two 2009 videos of the boys.
    One is Piero and Ignazio singing “”Avena un cuore che ti amava tanto” and the second Ignazio and Gianluca being part of the video “The Priests” singing “You raise me up” Thank you.

    1. Marie, any information about Ignazio’s composing? What about the song being sung by the “Duo Sisters” at an upcoming competition,,,,,what is the name of the song, It seems he is composing and arranging. Would like to know more about that. Just no end to his talent. (I’m sure you have a comment about that .)

    2. I enjoyed checking those out, Marie and Terese! I wasn’t able to play that link for You Raise Me Up, so I found this one (not edited) with The Priests, Ignazio, Gianluca, Mario Scucces, Veronica Liberati, Sara Pischedda. Search YouTube for
      Il Volo & The Priests – You Raise Me Up
      Perhaps it’s the same one you were looking for. It’s from Ti Lascio Una Canzone 2009.

      One of these days I’m going to have some nice Throwback Thursday playlists for you from 2009. Wish me luck on getting them done!

      ~ Jeanine, Compassion’s Doorway

  4. Mary, you know my Boy and I sometimes have trouble communicating. He’s not telling me what he’s doing right now. I think he’s mad about the me and Piero thing. There is no end to his talent! When he calls I’ll ask him about the composing.

    1. Marie, thanks for the tweet. I tweeted a picture of Piero and me from the Saratoga concert. While in Rome I’d love to go to Marsala and see Ignazio’s family restaurant but it would involve a flight & renting a car, don’t know if I’m that brave but I’ll sure let you know if I do manage it. Wish I knew their schedule for end of Sept & October.

  5. I would go to Italy for a weekend just to eat !!! The food there is absolutely delicious !! Yummy !!
    I found that when I was in Italy you could drink an entire bottle of wine and not get drunk or tired. I don’t think their wine contains sulfites. Maybe that’s why you can drink such large quantities and not feel the effects ? I really don’t know ? I do know that most people in Italy have wine with their lunch and are able to go back to work and function. I have one glass in this country and I’m done for the day !!

    1. I’m going to Italy Sept. 24 (I’m going alone – eek!). I don’t know where Il Volo will be but I’m so looking forward to seeing and enjoying Italy. Jeanine I’m anxious to read your future posts. Gerri

      1. Cool, Gerri!

        I’d love to be your travel buddy if I didn’t have a pocket full of other commitments right now.

        You have fun for the rest of us, Gerri, and here’s wishing that, miraculously, you run into IL VOLO, or at least one of the Guys, and have a very sweet connection. And of course, we want to hear all about it!

        I’ll keep it pretty simple, Gerri. The Guys speak so well for themselves! (a few harmonious notes, and we’re in heaven!)

        (; >) Jeanine, Compassion’s Doorway

  6. Jeanine Perry Como sung Anema e Coe under the name With All My Heat & Soul. Gianluca uses those English words to his song in different parts of the song along with Italian.

    I have been listening to Gianluca & its hard to stop listening he perfected his crooning power & that Anema e Core is the smoothest singing I have ever heard. He has found his power. Congratulations Gianluca looking forward to moe crooning.

    I soso wish we could get the solo CD’s of all 3 guys for the last 5 years

  7. Hi, Loretta and all,

    Ahhh… Now Those words match what Gianluca sang. Thank you so much! (You were right, and wikipedia was wrong.) Thanks for the lead, too, Laia.

    So glad, Gianluca, that you can sing the solos that delight your heart and your fans!

    It will be interesting to see what Sony does with IL VOLO’s 2015 album. I’m really hoping that some of the juicy new(er) beauties from Taormina will be on the album!

    And if anyone knows the part of the concert with the band the guys referred to as ragazzi (guys), starting at 59:50, band name and name of the 2 songs, I think those are my only remaining questions.

    It’s so sweet to be able to share our questions, insights, understandings, and delights here!
    ~ Jeanine, Compassion’s Doorway

  8. Jeanine I found some information for you. Look on All About Il Volo August 28 2014 the article says Il Volo & the Artists of their land. Scroll down to about the middle you will find the ragazzi group is called Sicciia in Folk 5 men singing with Ignazio & Piero on the stage at the concert. The song is E vui Durnuti ancora.
    I think the man who is head of the group is Vitti ne crozza – Sicclia in Folk.
    Check the spelling on the All About Il Volo site I wrote the titles on paper so I could tell you & my writing is not the best even I don’t understand it at times.
    From what I could see on stage the man beside Ignazio was blowing into a vase something like I used to have.
    Hope this helps you finish your work on Il volo

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