New York, NYUSA
February 11, 2010
I think we answered this above.
Yes, both of us. Joe speaks Sicilian and Italian. Marilyn speaks Italian fluently and can understand some Sicilian, too!
So many, but we do especially remember driving over the lava fields of Mt. Etna with Beethoven blaring, followed by dinner in a beautiful restaurant on the beach in Taormina enjoying sarde a beccafico and other Sicilian "delizie".
I don't know if there is much for us to learn about Sicily, but there might be. Our interests are food, art, music, travelling, politics (forbidden subject) literature--lots of things.
Yes, of course. We feel the food in Sicily is the greatest in the world. Unfortunately, much of it doesn't travel well, as one cannot obtain the fish and the fabulous fruit and vegetables elsewhere--same goes for Neapolitan.
Joseph is a Sicilian "DOC" from Catania, and we have been to Sicily a number of times over the years, although we have spent much more time in Rome. We will enjoy meeting other people who are interested in Sicily and Italy.
Last night was spectacular. A lot of people missed one of our very best evenings. I must admit that we thought a salad with goat cheese and strawberries was not typically "Sicilian", but, along with all the rest of the wonderful dishes, it was soooo good--the strawberries were really only a decoration. We had a fantastic 8-course meal with wine in very pleasant company. Thanks, Vinnie, for organizing this lovely summer evening. We would thank Giusto, but he is heading out over the Pacific, so we can only thank his always most hospitable staff.