To me, Sicily is a magical place with a glorious landscape with sea, Mount. Etna and an ancient history--all bearing witness to its rich cultural history. The natural beauties and the cultural mix of North African, Arabic, Spanish and Mediterranean flavors are characteristic of its eclectic cuisine. Recently, I had the pleasure of sampling the delights of authentic Sicily at my presentation La Vigilia Italian Christmas Food Traditions at the Italian American Museum which led me to A Night at Filaga.
Filaga is the first authentic Sicilian Pizzeria and Rosticceria in Chelsea Market, NYC. Chef Francesco Pecoraro, with owner Vincenzo Realmuto and his team Salvatore Gagliardo and Valerio Coletta, strive for quality and passion in their food. Many items on the menu are influenced and elevated versions of the street food of Sicily. From the pizze to the arancini , the zucchini e cotto and savories, they to not disappoint. It reminds me of many visits to Palermo and cobbled stoned streets, pupi and the seasonal fruits that grow on the slopes of Mount Etna (which by the way are more nutrient dense because of the volcanic soil they grow from!).
Last week, Chef Francesco led a cooking class and spoke of the town he is from and was influenced by. Guests participated and enjoyed the special pizza that was made for that evening with Fior di Latte mozzarella, truffles and mushroom in true Sicilian style! They take meticulous care choosing their ingredients and dough for the most authentic flavors. They are also great if you need some nibbles for your next party! Check out their menu and future events so you to can be Living in Italian here!