Announcing Amaro, a film that brings to life the narrative of Sicilian food and culture through the exploration of a single taste: bitterness.

Kickstarter campaign launching September 12th, 2017
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Amaro is the story of the complexity of food culture in Sicily. The film delves into the island’s gastronomic history, highlights present day culinary traditions, and follows the hands and hearts of a people who have embraced the most remote, least valued, and often disregarded taste: bitterness. The film talks of the foraging traditions of an agricultural state, where gathering bitter greens was a last resort, a symbol of need. It follows the Good Friday ceremony, an event in the small town of Caltanissetta where local foragers, representatives of the bitter taste, transform from marginalized to celebrated as they lead the town’s procession. Amaro also talks of its namesake, the Italian digestivo that is truly an expression of place, with coveted recipes that vary drastically by the available wild bitter herbs in each community.

Finally the film takes us from the streets and fields into the homes of Sicilian locals. In the kitchen, bitterness plays a leading role in food alchemy, transforming what could easily be discarded into delectable dishes and products with unique flavors and mythical traditions. From honeys to cheeses, and sauteed cardoons with anchovies to risotto with wild asparagus, bitterness serves to elevate the other tastes we sometimes take for granted and brings us back to our roots: of the land, of the culture, and of tradition. From field to fork, Amaro follows a flavor that has helped shape the Sicilian food identity.


Amaro will be funded through a Kickstarter campaign set to launch September 12th, 2017. In 2013 and 2014 Fabrizia and her team successfully completed two Kickstarter campaigns to produce Amuri, a film of the slow food traditions in Sicily which was shown in over ten locations across the USA and awarded a Bronze Award in the Spotlight Short Film Awards. Kickstarter rewards will include a digital download of the completed film set to release in early 2019 as well as exclusive products from Fabrizia’s line of hand-painted textiles. Special guided tours and stays in Sicily at the Anna Tasca Lanza Cooking School and other Tasca D’Almerita resorts are among the most exclusive of the prizes. For more information, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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