About the Webinar
Created specially by La Dolce Vita University to celebrate La Bella Sicilia! Through an engaging Q & A format, we will explore and discover that delicious layer cake of culinary & cultural history that is the dazzling island of Sicily. This Happy Hour with be jointly hosted by award-winning travel writer, lecturer & photographer Carla Gambescia, and Sicily travel specialist and boutique tour operator Allison Scola, founder and curator of Experience Sicily. Allison is also a performing artist of Southern Italian folk music and dance and … a cannoli expert!
During the event, all participants will have the opportunity to receive Experience Sicily’s phenomenal restaurant and gelateria recommendations -- 13 pages that cover the entire island.
Happy Hour Suggested Aperitivi:
Try a Garibaldi -- This low-alcohol cocktail was invented in the sixties in memory of the hero of the Due Mondi, the orange juice standing for the landing in Sicily and the red colored Campari for the famous red Garibaldi shirts (giubbe rosse).
3/10 of bitter Campari
7/10 of fresh orange juice
Or Etna Bianco or Etna Rosso
All deliciously paired with:Fresh bread (semolina or whole grain) or bread sticksGreen olives (not spicy) (For example, Nocellara del Belice cultivar from Sicily)Pecorino cheese (ricotta, fresh/pepato, stagionato)Sun-dried tomatoes (in oil)Salumi (fresh and fatty, prosciutto crudo/cotto, mortadella, speck, lardo)Anchovies (breaded and fried or grilled)Eggplant dip (Eggplant dip could be caponata, or simple eggplant spread, or roasted eggplant under olive oil, or anything that features eggplant.
About Carla Gambescia
Carla Gambescia is the author of La Dolce Vita University: An Unconventional Guide to Italian Culture from A to Z, winner of the Silver Prize for Best Travel Book of the Year 2019. Carla’s passion for Italy began early: with her mother’s love of the Renaissance masters and father’s discourses on Italian geniuses of every calling. In the ensuing decades, she’s written about and toured every region of Italy on foot or by bicycle. Carla conceived and co-led the Giro del Gelato bicycle tour which won OUTSIDE Magazine’s “Best Trip in Western Europe,” and owned and operated Via Vanti! Restaurant & Gelateria in Mount Kisco, New York for a decade. Via Vanti! received a “Very Good” from the New York Times and numerous plaudits for its innovative Italian cuisine, gelato (named “Best Gelato Shop in NY”.) Carla is also a lecturer and curator of the photoblog PostcardsFromTheBoot.com
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