Mary Taylor Simeti at Vino

Vino and Tour de Forks are proud to present Mary Taylor Simeti. She’ll speak about Sicilia, wine, terroir, and culture next Tuesday, November 13, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

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.


2 Responses to Mary Taylor Simeti at Vino

  1. Carol Urzi says:

    Do you have a transcript or video of Mary Simeti’s presentation? I live in California and have been to your restaurant but was unable to come for Mary’s presentation.

  2. Paula Giangreco Cullison says:

    I just googled Mary Taylor Simeti and found your site.
    I am reading her book, On Persephone’s Island, a Sicilian Journal … in preparation for a month in Sicily (the birthplace of my parents).
    Can you tell me how to contact Mary directly, so I can meet with her while I am in Sicily?
    Mille Grazie!

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