New York, NYUSA
June 22, 2011
I first went to Sicily in 1972, as a 19 year old traveler with my 2 cousins and felt an immediate, strong attachment. Went back in 2008 for 10 days and then saw some of the mainland, but I prefer Sicily, its amazing clear azure waters and volcanic beauty. Went back in 2009 for 3 weeks; since then I have been back every summer and once in January. I now stay at least one month at a time. Why did I join this group? Because I am very proud of being Sicilian and want to share experiences with other Sicilians as well as learn more about its culture, people, and food, sharing with like-minded individuals. Our heritage is amazing rich and beautiful and so few people know about the "real" us!
I speak Sicilian (grew up bilingual), and have learned quite a bit of Italian. I would say moderately proficient with Italian, though I'm losing the ability to speak the dialect, because none of my cousins there speak the dialect any longer, accept jokingly; however, I still understand Sicilian, even when spoken quickly, very well.
Where do I begin? Favorite memory? Hmmmm. MY favorite memory was falling in love there in 1972! Other than that, the beauty of volcanic rock falling into clear teal water is breathtaking. Also, my mom's stories of growing up there... I literally get tears in my eyes as soon as the airplane's wheels hit the ground at Punta Raisa airport, now Falcone-Borsellino, named for 2 martyrs who fought the Mafia, also, unfortunately, part of our heritage... I have so many cousins there that, literally, I feel like I'm "going home" when I visit. A psychic once told me that's because I'm first generation and it's still "in my blood"-- whatever reason, I am strongly tied to those roots, to that amazing island of my ancestors... (yes, I also do creative writing, don't mean to bore you!!)
EVERYTHING! I'm just beginning to read a book on the history of Sicily-- so rich and so many cultures! So, it's history is important and, yes, its food-- how to prepare, to recreate the tastes with which I grew up and that I taste each time I return. My interests? I'm a psychologist/professor by training but an actor (part time hobby) and writer (novel, short stories, tons of poetry). Had to make a living! Have been working on a photo cook book with my mother, with stories of the old country, for a few years. The recipes are those from my mother's and father's towns-- very "old world." If you need to know anything else, just ask and I'll share!!
I've LIVED the food of Sicily, both there and in my home, since my parents were born/raised there. I love the traditional foods, such as pasta al forno, arancini, pasta con sardi, ecc. I'm not as familiar with its wines and want to learn much more. I usually drink Riesling, so I want to learn about its white wines, though it would be nice to taste red wines from the different regions of the island.
Hello, Vincent and everyone! My name is Rosaria Caporrimo-- first generation. Became an Italian citizen in 2011 and have an Italian passport! Father was from Palermo, mother is from a town outside Agrigento. 100% Sicilian-- una fiera Siciliana!