Sicily is a melting pot of ancient cultures. Its rich heritage was shaped by the Greeks and Romans, Arabs. Normans. French. Spanish. And Italians who occupied it over the millennia. The island’s cultural landscape is largely due to the many vineyards planted centuries ago. Some of these were used primarily to grow the grapes for Marsala wine and other native varieties.

The investment and experience flowing into the region is bringing a revival to Sicily’s winemaking heritage. Arancio is one of Sicily’s most prominent and promising wineries. Its wines can be purchased in the U.S.A for as low as $10

These unique wines are perfect for the eclectic Sicilian cuisine. Arancio’s Nero D’Avola is Sicily’s iconic red wine. It’s great with grilled meats and pasta. Arancio’s Grillo is a crisp and fruity wine that pairs well with fish and lighter dishes. It has the body and freshness of an achardonnay, but without the bitterness.

Arancini (rice balls) is one of Sicily’s most loved specialties. It was created during the Arab rule in the 10th Century. Chef Duccio Olini from Walt

Disney World Swan & Dolphin Resort in Orlando, Fla., suggests pairing his arancini with Arancio Nero D’Avola.


1 small shallot finely chopped

2 tablespoons butter

8 ounces arborio rice

1/2 cup white wine

1 quart chicken stock

2 tablespoons pesto

4 diced sun-dried tomatoes

1 thick slice of bufala mozza-

rella, quartered

2 ounces parmesan cheese

1 egg

3 ounces Italian-style bread crumbs

3 ounces All-purpose Our

In a saucepan over medium heat, sauté shallot with butter until softened, then add rice and cook 5 minutes. Stir in the wine. Slowly add chicken stock to the hot mixture. Cook for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Mix in pesto and parmesan cheese. The rice should feel and look firm to the touch. Let cool. Scramble egg in a bowl. Add 2 teaspoons water.

Divide rice into 4 balls. In the middle of each ball, place a sun-dried tomatoes and a piece mozzarella. After rolling each ball, coat it with flour and then add egg wash. Finally, roll in bread crumbs. In a large saucepan, heat oil. Once oil is hot, heat the oil and fry the rice balls until they are golden. You can also serve it with tomato sauce.