Celebrated author Mary Taylor Simeti first moved to Sicilia in 1962 to perform volunteer work after graduating from Radcliffe College. Her critically acclaimed On Persephone’s Island: A Sicilian Journal (Knopf, 1986) chronicled her life there with her Sicilian husband (a professor of agronomy) and their children. Living in 1960s Sicilia often proved harsh and difficult and the young woman from New York faced many cultural challenges in the place where she had chosen to make her home. But her informed, elegantly sparse writing revealed a wondrous world, rich with culinary and life experiences. She is also the author of Pomp and Sustenance: Twenty-Five Centuries of Sicilian Food and — one of our personal favorites — Bitter Almonds: Recollections and Recipes from a Sicilian Girlhood, the memoirs of famed pastry maker Maria Grammatico (and co-author of the book).
Wine Director Emeritus Charles Scicolone will pour five Sicilian wines at the event.
Vino and I Trulli at the NYC Marathon
Vino and I Trulli were proud to sponsor Vito Sardella, a 33-year-old native of Puglia, in this year’s NYC marathon. We’d like to congratulate him for placing 56th overall in last Sunday’s race across the five boroughs and look forward to cheering him on in next year’s race. Complimenti, Vito!
This Week’s Free Tasting: Casa Emma
This week’s tasting (Friday, 5:30-7:30 p.m., and Saturday, 4:00-6:00 p.m.) features a Tuscan winery that is new to our shelves and shop, Casa Emma.