CAFFE SICILIA IS HUMMING FILLING YOUR SPECIAL ORDERS FOR SAINT JOSEPH’S DAY!

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!

HAPPY EASTER FROM CAFFE SICILIA!

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!

MAKING PIGNULATA WITH GRACE AND NINA AT CAFFE SICILIA

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

Buona Pasqua from Caffe Sicilia!

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!

Order Your Beautiful Caffe Sicilia Cassata Siciliana for Easter Today!

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!

VIDEO: Making Saint Joseph Altar Bread with Caffe Sicilia’s Maria Cracchiolo

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 Rounds off a Trio of Traditional Saint Joseph Treats from Maria Cracchiolo and Family at Caffe Sicilia

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

Caffe Sicilia’s St. Joseph Zeppole or, in Other Words, A Cloud of Sweetness Sent from the Heavens!

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!

Filming Continues on Gloucester’s Feast of Saint Joseph Film Project, Today at Caffe Sicilia!

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!

Sefathia invites Local Italians To Caffe Sicilia Today At 1

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

Tutta la Famiglia: Photographs of Caffe Sicilia

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