Busiate – Sicilian Noodles

Busiate are a classic Sicilian pasta shape. They are named after ‘busa’, or a knitting needle because many families used knitting needles to roll the noodles.

Spiced Sweet Ricotta Ravioli

Many traditional Sicilian kinds of wheat are at risk of disappearing because farmers are abandoning them for more profitable varieties. This recipe features homemade ravioli made with traditional Sicilian flours and cheeses. Delicious!

Simple Passata Tomato Sauce

This recipe is for a basic passata sauce. Passata is an uncooked tomato puree strained of seeds and chunks. It is unlike tomato sauce or paste because it hasn’t been cooked.

Sfincione – Sicilian Pizza

As I found out, Sfincione is somewhat of a tomato pie with a thick bread crust and a thick layer of a sauce/breadcrumb mix on top of it.

Eat, Drink and See Charlottesville, Virginia

Charlottesville is home to the University of Virginia, Thomas Jefferson’s grand vision for secular higher education. Take a look at some places to eat and experience in this cute town!

Merroir – Topping, Virginia

Merroir is a “tasting room” in Topping, Virginia. The Rappahannock Oyster Co. supplies oysters to all of Sean Brock’s restaurants; they also own Merroir.

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