As Saint Joseph Day is just around the corner (March 19th), mother and daughter Nina and Maria are creating beautiful and wonderfully delicious treats for the feast day–the special San Giuseppe altar bread, cassata cakes, sfinci, zeppole, and much, much more. It is not too late to place your order! Call Maria at 978-283-7345 today. … Continue reading CAFFE SICILIA IS HUMMING FILLING YOUR SPECIAL ORDERS FOR SAINT JOSEPH’S DAY!
Maria Cracchiolo outdid herself in providing not one, but two, fabulous cakes for the ninth night of the Saint Peter’s Fiesta novena. The smiles of anticipation and delicious enjoyment on everyone’s faces said it all!
I love stopping in to visit Maria and Nina at Caffe Sicilia anytime of the year, but especially during the holidays. The bakery was humming today, with their regular customers as well as regional and international travelers, and their refrigerator brimming over with special Easter orders. Folks are still purchasing raffle tickets for Caffe Sicilia’s giant chocolate egg to benefit children with … Continue reading HAPPY EASTER FROM CAFFE SICILIA!
Thank you to Caffe Sicilia’s Maria, Nina, and Dominic for the beautiful box of cookies and treats for our Christmas celebration. Just exquisite–and fabulously delicious–admittedly we tried one (or two). Thank you, thank you ❤ ❤
This past week I stopped by to say hello to Maria and her family at Caffe Sicila. Nina, Maria’s Mom, invited me to come and see she and her sister Grace making pignulata. Caffe Sicilia has dozens and dozens of orders for this wonderful traditional fried pastry desert and they had already begun the first stages several days ago. Nina explains … Continue reading MAKING PIGNULATA WITH GRACE AND NINA AT CAFFE SICILIA
Pecorelle di Pasqua are a traditional Sicilian Easter treat although, when Easter falls very close to Saint Joseph’s Day as it did this year, Maria shared that the Lambs of Easter are often found on Saint Joseph altars. Maria’s are so charming I am planning to purchase several to Not eat but to decorate our Easter table. They … Continue reading CAFFE SICILIA’S LAMBS OF EASTER
The beautiful, beautiful Easter desserts and confections are all hand made by Maria Cracchiolo, including the marzipan lambs! The refrigerator was bursting with special orders and it was a treat to see Maria’s lovely (and wonderfully delicious) Cassata Siciliana in a range of sizes. Maria’s family is oftentimes there, hard at work alongside her, and especially during the holidays. Pictured … Continue reading Buona Pasqua from Caffe Sicilia!
Beautiful handcrafted Easter Sheep Mazapan a perfect addition to any Easter Basket! Small Single Sheep $15, Large in Basket $18 Enter Raffle To Win Giant Uova di Pasqua! Tickets on sale now for a chance to win the “Uova di Pasqua” Giant Chocolate Easter Egg! A Traditional Italian Chocolate Egg Suprise, enjoyed by all ages during the … Continue reading Live From Caffe Sicilia
During this year’s round of filming for Gloucester’s Feast of Saint Joseph Community Film Project, I had the wonderful good fortune to stop at Caffe Sicilia just as Maria Cracchiolo was about to decorate her signature Cassata Siciliana. It was the morning of Saint Joseph Day and as you can imagine, Caffe Sicilia was bustling … Continue reading Order Your Beautiful Caffe Sicilia Cassata Siciliana for Easter Today!
Artists-in-the-Kitchen Maria Cracchiolo, and her parents Domenic and Nina Damico, demonstrate how to create beautiful bread in shapes symbolic of Saint Joseph and inspired by nature. Watch as Maria, Nina, and Domenic artfully shape angels, a carpenter’s saw, San Giuseppe scroll, Saint Joseph sun, snails, flowers, butterflies, grapes, and more. Saint Joseph altar bread is available … Continue reading VIDEO: Making Saint Joseph Altar Bread with Caffe Sicilia’s Maria Cracchiolo
Sfinci di San Giuseppe For non-Sicilians, like myself, you may be wondering what exactly are Sfinci di San Giuseppe? The way Maria, Nina, and Domenic make them, Sfinci are amazing creamy puffs, fried to golden-brown perfection, and filled with Caffe Sicilia’s heavenly light and fluffy sweetened ricotta, or the same ricotta, with mini-chocolate chips added. Inside … Continue reading Sfinci di San Giuseppe Rounds off a Trio of Traditional Saint Joseph Treats from Maria Cracchiolo and Family at Caffe Sicilia
From the first moment I sampled Maria and Nina’s Zeppole, I thought I had died and gone to food-lovers heaven! And I am not the only one in my family who felt the same. After spending the morning filming at Caffe Sicilia where Maria, Nina, and Domenic graciously demonstrated making the special Saint Joseph bread … Continue reading Caffe Sicilia’s St. Joseph Zeppole or, in Other Words, A Cloud of Sweetness Sent from the Heavens!
Preparing and baking the special San Guiseppe bread is a family endeavor at Caffe Sicilia. Within an hour’s time, Maria, Nina, and Domenic created dozens of loaves of bread in religiously significant shapes of St. Joseph’s staff, angels, and even a carpenter’s saw, as well as beautiful and whimsical flowers, sun, snails, and bunches of … Continue reading Filming Continues on Gloucester’s Feast of Saint Joseph Film Project, Today at Caffe Sicilia!
OMG, I have no idea how I didn’t know about this before today. Stop in, they sell them by the slice. Tremendous. $2 a pop. Look at other posts from Caffe Sicilia on GMG here
Dear Godmother Romeo, I received your name and contact information from my friend, Italian-American painter Nella Lush. I teach art and direct the Lehman Gallery at Brooks School in North Andover. We have this cool course in January called Winter term during which we work with about a dozen students for 3 weeks studying one … Continue reading Sefathia invites Local Italians To Caffe Sicilia Today At 1
New Photographs by Paul Cary Goldberg Please click on this link to see a NEW SELECTION of PHOTOGRAPHS from my Caffe Sicilia book project: http://www.indiegogo.com/Tutta-la-Famiglia?a=264711&i=addr Please contribute if you can to help bring this book to life. Grazie, Paul Cary Goldberg Copyright © 2011 Paul Cary Goldberg, All rights reserved.
From Paul Cary Goldberg: Dear friends and colleagues, For the past four years, during countless conversations and hundreds of cups of cappucini, I’ve been taking photographs of the people and the vita here at Caffe Sicilia in Gloucester, Massachusetts, America’s oldest sea port. (The caffe has been integral to this city and her immigrant population … Continue reading Tutta la Famiglia: Photographs of Caffe Sicilia