Goethe once wrote, “To have seen Italy without having seen Sicily is to not have seen Italy at all, for Sicily is the clue to everything.” How many areas of the world are truly iconic? How many conjure images of rolling hills, volcanoes, poetry, food, and a culture that’s unafraid to embrace all that life has to offer? Sicily checks all of those boxes, and so much more.
If Italy is a boot, Sicily is the toe. It’s the largest island found in the Mediterranean, covering about 10,000 miles. Four-fifths of the island are covered by rolling hills and mountains, as well as Mount Etna, an active volcano. Within that environment, culture first took root as early as 12,000 B.C., and over time it’s been ruled by thirteen different cultures—Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Vandals, Ostrogoths, Arabs, Normans, Swabians and Spaniards, among others. Regardless of whoever thought they were in charge, Sicily stubbornly remained itself.
Being rooted in its island nature (and in Mother Nature) is a good thing. Sicily has been a launching pad for a number of impressive human innovations. The sonnet, which William Shakespeare helped to popularize, actually began in Sicily. Poet Giacoma da Lentini developed it through the Sicilian school of poetry, and poets like Dante Alighieri and Petrarca helped to popularize it to the wider world. Sicilians were also critically important to the development of opera, and the 1,200- seat Teatro Massimo Bellini opera house in Catania is considered to have some of the best acoustics in Europe.
When it comes to foodstuffs, the Sicilian olive is legendar. While olive oil has a wide variety of uses, Sicilian olives are a true delicacy. Wine vinegar, extra virgin olive oil, garlic, and Italian spices are added to Sicilian Village olives. Then, they are cured naturally in salt brine, and marinated for an extended period of time. The end result is what we’ve based our company on, a burst of tastes that’s like nothing you’ve ever experienced.