Saro Gugliotta

Saro Gugliotta is President of Slow Food Sicily. In July 2015 he is leading a delegation to London to promote Slow Food ‘Presidia’ products. He will be speaking at the ‘Sicilians at the Table’ event at the Italian Cultural Institute on 14 July 2015.

Leonardo Sciascia (1921-1989)

  Leonardo Sciascia was one of Italy’s greatest writers, but he will probably be best remembered for what he brought to an understanding of Sicily, where he was born and lived most of his life. It is his articulation of Sicilian identity and the Sicilian predicament, including the impact of the mafia, through his novels…

Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa (1896-1957)

Everyone visiting Sicily for the first time should read Il Gattopardo (The Leopard), for what it says about Sicilian history and identity. The strength of Lampedusa’s novel, published only after his death, is the way in which wider themes are addressed in a beautifully crafted narrative. Set at the time of the Risorgimento, the pains…

Mimmo Pintacuda – The Real ‘Alfredo’*

Arriving in Bagheria, a small town 20 km from Palermo, later than expected, I set off in what I thought was the direction of my hotel, only to find that in pitch darkness I had completed a full circle. Exasperated, I inquired at a nearby petrol station where I was told by the attendant that…