The gathering was held at Cacio e Vino, a small and friendly restaurant on 2nd Avenue between 4th and 5th streets in NYC's East Village. (Yes, my first Italian cuisine excursion after moving to Little Italy did not actually take place in Little Italy.)
It was probably one of the most delicious dinners of my life. Each offering was delectable -- many surprisingly so.
Cause I know you're curious:
Sicilian Tasting Menu
Selezione di antipasti tipici Siciliani
-Selection of typical Sicilian appetizers-
Sarde a beccafico, involtini di melanzane, caponata, panelle al caprino, arancina di riso allo zafferano
Bucatini con le sarde
Bucatini pasta with sardines
Paccheri alla “Norma”
Paccheri pasta with eggplant, tomato, basil and ricotta salata cheese
Pesce spada in “Salmoriglio”
Grilled swordfish in “Salmoriglio” sauce served with grilled mixed vegetables
Roasted loin of pork rolled with cured meat, Sicilian caciocavallo cheese with mashed potato cake and sautéed spinach
Small cannoli with caffé
White wine Cataratto & Red wine Nero D’avola
The photo above shows a miniature Sicilian cart. They had one like it at Cacio e Vino -- proof, said one of the guests at dinner, that it was a true Sicilian establishment.
Sophia Petrillo would be proud.