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Il Sapore Siciliano (Typical Sicilian Food and Wine)

Surrounding this peaceful land of orange blossom and citrus fruit are seas full of swordfish and tuna, inspiration for many famous Sicilian dishes: tonno alla cipollata, tuna fried with large quantities of sliced onions; swordfish alla messinese, swordfish cooked in oil with tomatoes, onions, celery, capers and potatoes; and either, with caponata, the sweet-and-sour sauce […]

VIN SANTO AND CANTUCCI – to dip or not to dip

Is there anything more satisfying at the end of an Italian meal than an almond-studded biscotto (or two  =  biscotti) and a glass of Vin Santo? Hard biscotti become sweet and moist after being dipped for a short period in the sweet late harvest wine.  It’s not dessert, not too filling and just right when […]


Christmas just has to include some sparkling wine don’t you think? The classic Italian sparkling wines of Prosecco, Moscato or Franciacorta are very much at home at the Christmas table. In Franciacorta, we love Bellavista, particularly their Cuvee Brut, recently re-christened ‘Alma’ and re-packaged in Hermes burnt orange. Franciacorta is to Italy what Champagne is […]