Almonds from Noto Are Disappearing. How Local Is That?

The Noto almonds are incredible (read why here) and the trees are beautiful. The famous almond trees of Noto, Sicily would disappear if not for the passionate work of the Assenza brothers, who select only the authentic almonds from Noto. Gustiamo imports only these into America. Try them once, and see/taste the difference.   This…

Caffe’ Sicilia and the Perfect Easiest Crostata

The Caffe’ Sicilia menu is the size and weight of a small novel; the kind of thing that might constitute a great “beach read”. One of the most interesting things on this massive menu is “Pane & cioccolato con frutta”, a gelato/sorbet dish that features the fruit jams and marmalades they make right in the…

Caffe’ Sicilia, the Pastry Shop Inside and Outside

After the NYTimes article, everybody is talking about Caffe’ Sicilia, in Noto. What is it? It’s a pastry shop on the main “Corso” of Noto, a baroque town perched on a hill between Catania and Ragusa. The Caffe’ is open to the public and you can taste their wonderful ice creams, granite, cassate, nougats and…

Almond Milk – Milking the Almond for All its Worth

With the alternative milk craze in the USA, you may not realize that Almond Milk is a traditional Sicilian treat used in many recipes as well as consumed alone as a refreshing drink. At Caffe’ Sicilia in Noto, Sicily, fresh almond milk is on the menu right next to your typical Italian caffe’ refreshments. We love to…

No other way to finish the Feast. Piero Selvaggio says…

Caffe’ Sicilia is a magic place in a magic town, Noto, the baroque gem in Sicilia, between Catania and Siracusa. Faith Willinger, the famous food books author, is writing a series about Sicilia for the Atlantic Food Channel and of course paid a visit to Caffe’ Sicilia; she calls it “the gastronomic shrine”. “Maestro Corrado” sat at her table….