Festa di San Giuseppe
SICILIAN AMERICAN FOOD WINE & TRAVEL CLUB
Our Saint Joseph’s Day Feast at CAIO VINO Restaurant, New York
Author Daniel Bellino, Silvio, Paola, Carolina, Linda, and ???
Our Sicilian American Group celebrated another Festa di San Giuseppe today. It was another wonderful day of getting together with friends around the Sicilian Table and the most important holiday of all to Sicilian as it celebrates the Patron Saint of Sicily, Saint Joseph, aka San Giuseppe …
Their was a great famine in the Middle Ages and Sicilians prayed to their Patron Saint San Giuseppe to let it rain so crops could grow and the people might be fed. These Sicilians who prayed to San Giuseppe that if he answered their prayers that they would have a great feast to celebrate and honor him. It rained, crops grew, and the people kept their promise to Saint Joseph and had feast all over Sicily to celebrate the Saint and the occasion .. It is now tradition to celebrate and on honor Saint Joseph every march 19th .. We have traditional foods that are prepared and eaten at our Festa di San Giuseppe like Maccu (Fava Bean Soup0, Pasta con Sarde (Pasta with Fennel, raisons, and Sardines), and Sfinci (Saint Josephs Day Pastry) of baked or fried dough filled with Sweet Ricotta and Candied Fruit.
So it was, once again that our little group of about 50 once again celebrated San Giuseppe at our favorite Siclian Restorante in New York, Cacio e Vino on Second Avenue in New York’s East Village, a neighborhood that at one time was great Sicilian enclave in New York that housed non other than one Charles “Lucky” Luciano who moved to the Lower East Side of New York in 1907 when his parents Antonio and Rosalia immigrated to the United States from Lercara Friddi, Sicily when young Salvatore (Lucky’s real first name) was 9 years old …
Anyway we had a wonderful dinner with our traditional menu of Maccu (Fava Soup), Caponata, Arancini (Sicilian Rice Balls), Sicilian Pizza, Pasta con Sarde, and Saint Josephs Day Pastry, Sfinci …
See the pictures and for some great recipes of Sicily’s favorite dishes, see Grandma Bellino’s Italian Cookbook / Recipes From My Sicilian Grandmother by Daniel Bellino “Z”
Our SICILIAN PIZZA with ANCHOVIES
and a Glass of NERO d’AVOLA
Our PASTA ????
PASTA con SARDE
SFINCI al SAN GIUSEPPE
GRANDMA BELLINO’S ITALIAN COOKBOOK
Recipes From My Sicilian Grandmother
by Daniel Bellino “Z”
CHARLES “LUCKY” LUCIANO