4.13.2000 The section on the sunday gravy was
my household to the T. It was unreal to read it in print. We had macaroni
Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday . Thank you for this beautiful site. I am proud
to be Sicilian!
Being Sicilian always felt unique and exciting
to me, even though I grew up in a very provincial, WASP-y area of upstate
New York. Then, as an adult, I had the delightful experience of going
to Sicily with my mother, who speaks the dialect fluently. We stayed in Aspra,
a beautiful coastal fishing village near Palermo, in the home my maternal
grandfather was born in. The entire town turned out to meet my mother, and
to share stories of "Su Bennedetto "(my grandfather) and what a wonderful
man he was-- even though he'd left there as a twenty year old. I have
never encountered a warmer community of people, let alone such a beautiful
climate, and a land filled with history and cultural beauty. I long to go
back, and am saving every dime." July 27, 1999 -- Rosie Taravella -
- Actress & Screenwriter, Los Angeles, California
(webmaster's note: Rosie wrote and starred in "Carlo's Wake" with
Martin Landau and Rita Moreno, about the life, death and funeral of a
Sicilian-American patriarch, and the effect it has on his dyfunctional yet
loving family. The film is currently seeking
Thank you for letting me feel close to home
Hi, Came across your site while looking for
info on The Sopranos and was immediately drawn to it. It has some interesting
sections filled with informative information that any Italian-American, such
as myself, would enjoyed reading. Stati forte! Nicola "Nick"
Marchione, Boston, MA
I'm a 41 year old female and i was born in Termini
Emerese Sicily. I moved to the United States when I was 9 years old with
my family. Im proud to call myself Sicilian. My parents worked very hard
to provide a great home and an execellent education for 5 children. Im a
Registered Nurse. I have to brothers that teach High school and college.
I have a sister who works in a bank and one brother who owns a very popular
local resturant. We all did well being products of immagrants who didnt could
not speak or write english. Thanks so a great web site - -
Hi, I really enjoyed your site... God I'm starving
now. Man...you brought me back. Thanks again,
I am of Sicilian decent and I am very proud
of my heritage. I would like to see more chat rooms on this site. It would
be great to communicate with others from our culture. I live in the Pacific
Northwest now and miss the East Coast. Keep up the good work. Anthony
Hello... I stumbled on to Sicilian Culture quite
by accident and was pleasantly surprised. It's a great balance of fun and
information. I especially enjoyed the list of Italian celebrities. It brought
me back to the days when I attended a Parochial grade school affiliated with
an Italian nationality parish and the nuns would make sure we knew
EXACTLY who was Italian and Catholic. Anyway, I'll be visiting often.
My Italian heritage is the most important thing in the world to me......
Thanks, Jim Montemurro
It was a pleasure to see your website.I always
considered myself italian but now i consider myself sicilian first and italian
second.I take great pride in being sicilian.I hope in the future you can
talk about the sicilian culture more,the accomplishments of the sicilian
people and the island itself. Thanks, a fellow
I was born in Brooklyn
NY of first generation Sicilian-Americans. My family was always warm, loving
and above all, law-abiding. I don't need to apologize for my background.
Your website boasts of being educational. What I object to are
some of the factual inaccuracies and to your focus on organized crime. Only
a tiny fraction of Sicilian-Americans and Italian-Americans are criminals.
As a matter of fact, as a group, Italian-Americans have one of the lowest
crime rates in the US Please be proud of your ethnicity and focus on our
accomplishments and stop pandering to those that equate Italian to Mafia.
You have a unique opportunity to make us proud. -- Name, address, email
and location omitted by author.
I am 30 female, 100 % Sicilian and Proud! Heck
someones gotta run the country why not be the Sicilians! - - - Lisa
Marie, ERS Dispatcher, San Diego, California
Hello there. You did a great job on your webpage...
and all of your links. Keep up the good work. I am obviously of another
generation.... but I enjoyed your thoughts and ideas . I, too, am of Sicilian
heritage. My grandparents are from Palermo... they came over in the early
1900's and settled on the California coast (most Sicilians settled near water
for obvious reasons... most of them had connections. My grandfather
was a commercial fisherman. He had eleven children... 8 girls and 3 boys.
Only one aunt remains and she is 89 years old. However, I have many cousins!
Some of us don't even know each other... too many of us. I spoke Sicilian
when I was young and my grandmother was alive... my mother and her sisters
used to rattle on, all talking at once... (rather noisy), but fun, and everyone
loved one another. I especially have fond memories of all the family
get-togethers around the holidays or any celebration (Baptism, Graduation,
Wedding, Birthdays, Funerals). Lots of food and drink, dancing, good
laughter). I miss those times, as it is just not the same without the "oldtimers"
around. It is a different time now and my cousins and their families are
very busy doing their own thing. We try to make an effort to get together
once in a while but it is very difficult. We are all scattered around the
state and are very much involved with our own immediate families. My mother's
maiden name was AIELLO and my grandmother's name was MECURIO. We are also
related to CARDINALE, BILLECI, COSTANZA, DI MAGGIO (Yes, Joe, was a cousin),
DAVI, BRUNO, and many more... Haven't travelled to Sicily yet.... maybe one
day. I have been to Central Europe several times, also travelled all over
Canada, Mexico, Mainland China as well as Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia.
I like the U.K. (Englalnd, Scotland, Wales) and of course, Ireland.
Germany......very beautiful.....great food! Nice to visit your page.
First I want to say that you have a wonderful
web site, Sicilian websites are few on the net (Atleast the good ones). I
looked at the recipes and tried them at home! Emmm sooo good! Especially
the Garlic Bread, that was really good! Thank You!
I think your website does an awesome job of not only explaining Sicilian
culture, but also what it means to be Sicilian (or from Italian descent).
I notice that most traditions you mentioned on you site, my family
still practices (like the Christmas Eve dinner and meatless Good Fridays
to name a couple) but it is sad to see that people let some pass. I really
enjoyed you web site and keep up the good work! Mike