Tag Archives: Salvatore Sciacca

CIAP toasts 2021 with new wine-related event

The Chicagoland Italian American Professionals will start the new year by launching a new monthly that they’re dubbing “Wine Down Wednesday.” Slated for 7 p.m. on the first Wednesday of the month, the Zoom gathering will allow members and non-members alike to wind down while discussing different types of Italian wines. For details, contact President Salvatore Sciacca at salvatore@chicagolanditalians.com.

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Sciacca helms group aimed at professionals

Salvatore Sciacca was raised in the Chicago area, but he was immersed in the culture of Sicily throughout his childhood. His parents, Joseph and Mary, were born in the Sicilian town of Ciminna, and the family spent six weeks each summer on that storied isle. As he matured, Sciacca broadened his scope, signing up for four years of Italian language classes in college, taking trips every few years to Italy and joining several local groups for young Italian-American adults. In 2014, he took his devotion to his roots to the next level with the creation of Chicagoland Italian American Professionals. …

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New group hosts first-ever cuccidati fest

  Bravo to Salvatore Sciacca, Executive Director and Founder the Chicago Italian American Professionals (CIAP) for holding a first-of-its-kind and delicious event to celebrate the Sicilian Fig Cookie called cuccidati. The First Annual La Festa dei Cuccidati was the idea of Michael A. Benedetto, a Dupage County attorney, created to recognize individuals who have  preserved the tradition of making Cuccidati as well as highlighting local bakeries that still produce it. All proceeds from the event went to Casa Italia. Cuccidati is a traditional Sicilian Christmas cookie. It is a crumbly, butter pastry dough filled with a rich and sweet filling of …

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