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Marsala: Sicily’s King

When most think of Marsala, they imagine a cooking wine that needs chicken and mushrooms to become palatable.  But on the contrary, Sicilians are returning to the highly admired and coveted production methods that once made Marsala great. Generally made from the native Grillo, Catarratto, or Inz Details

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Sicily: Donnafugata Wines

Donnafugata has been making beautiful and expressive Sicilian wines for the last 160 years.  With cellars and estates born in Marsala, their Contessa Entellina vineyards in the heart of Western Sicily, and their hypnotizing production of Zibbibo Passito on the island of Pantelleria, DonnaFugata Details

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February 4, 2013 3:39 am
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Via Alloro ~ Sicily in Beverly Hills

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Via Alloro is like visiting Sicily but it’s in my own backyard.  This Beverly Hills restaurant is just another creation of the culinarily gifted Drago brothers. Giacomino and Tanino created this gem to celebrate Italian cooking, eating and a true passion for living.  Via Alloro is Details

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Fava Beans ~ Meet the Italian ‘Queen of Beans’

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Fava beans have delectable qualities which Americans have been slow to appreciate.  If you have never prepared them, you will soon understand why. Admittedly, preparing fava beans may be a bit laborious, but do not underestimate their culinary worth. Their creamy texture, nutty flavor, and sligh Details

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May 30, 2011 11:30 pm
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Recipe: Sicilian Eggplant Caponata

Sicilian Eggplant Caponata is a typical vegetable dish around southern Italy, most notably in the region of Sicily. But in times past, it was a fish dish served in the caupone, the taverns around Sicily’s ports, and consisted of squid, celery and eggplant. It was served with a sweet and sour sa Details

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