In this demonstration, we will teach you how to use this beautiful bread to make Panettone Baked French Toast – a quick, scrumptious meal you can make for Christmas breakfast. 

Panettone is a round loaf of sweet bread speckled with raisins, citrus, and almonds with a plush, buttery texture that is popular both here and all over Italy during the winter holidays.  It makes a dramatic Christmas dessert or breakfast treat.  It originated in Milan and dates back to the Renaissance, when, it is said, wheat was so scarce and precious it was made only at Christmas.

In addition to Panettone French Toast, we will make and enjoy Macedonia di Frutta (Italian fruit salad).

VIDEO – la Colazione, Celebrating Panettone


Limoncello (Italian pronunciation: [lee-moan-chello]) is an Italian lemon liqueur mainly produced in Southern Italy, especially in the region around the Gulf of Naples, the Sorrentine Peninsula and the Amalfi Coast, and islands of Procida, Ischia, and Capri.  Although there is debate about the exact origin of the drink, it is at least one hundred years old.

Mike Palmisano shares with us his Nonno’s recipe for Limoncello.  Here’s where the fun begins: 

YOUR JOB RIGHT NOW SHOULD YOU CHOOSE TO ACCEPT IT:  At home, simply peel 11 lemons, place the peels in your vodka or grain alcohol, and store in an airtight container.  Let that steep, and the flavors develop, for 3-4 weeks. 

THEN…on Thursday evening, December 17, 2020, via ZOOM, Mike will teach us how to turn that lemon infused alcohol into either Limoncello or Crema.  Easy to begin – we will finish together.  Your Limoncello will be ready to enjoy on Christmas.

Contact Christine Conley for the Zoom Invitation (  

VIDEO – Limoncello Demonstration

RECIPE – Limoncello Recipe – Nonno Palmisano


December 13th is The Feast Day of Santa Lucia – Saint Lucy

The feast of Santa Lucia (Saint Lucy) is a Catholic celebrated holiday with roots that can be traced back to Sicily.  St. Lucy is believed to have been born in Syracuse in the year AD 283 and suffered a martyr’s death in AD 304.  She was one of the earliest Christian saints to achieve popularity, having a widespread following before the 5th century.  Because of various traditions associating her name with light, she came to be thought of as the patron of sight and was depicted by medieval artists carrying a dish containing her eyes.  St. Lucia is the patron saint of the city of Syracuse and of a great number of other communities around Italy. 

ARTICLE – Happy Saint Lucy’s Day

VIDEO – Santa Lucia procession – Ortigia (Siracusa), Sicily


“il Ceppo” can still be found in Italy.  What makes this tiered tree so unique is the design as it is shaped like a pyramid.  On the bottom shelf a small manger scene is placed.  The middle shelf may contain greenery and fruit.  The next shelf will hold Christmas ornaments and gifts, and the very top of the Ceppo may have a pineapple which signifies hospitality.  On the outside of each tier are small rounded candle holders.  The Ceraso and Alioto families have been adorning the Italian Community Center with il Ceppo for years.

VIDEO – Setting Up il Ceppo at the ICC


Milwaukee’s Holiday Lights, where more than 500,000 holiday lights will dazzle your eyes and delight your spirit!!

November 19, 2020 – January 1, 2021                               4:00 – 9:00 PM

Pack your family in the car, and take a drive through Downtown Milwaukee.  Feel free to take this family “road trip” any day, however on December 11 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm, you will also be welcomed at the ICC with a curbside cup of hot chocolate or Bicerin (delicious drink from Torino made with espresso, hot chocolate and milk).

  • Cathedral Square, 520 E. Wells St., Milwaukee, WI 53202
  • Pere Marquette Park, 900 N. Plankinton Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53203
  • Zeidler Union Square, 301 W. Michigan St., Milwaukee, WI 53203
  • Driving down Wisconsin Avenue
  • Hoan Bridge
  • Italian Community Center – il Ceppo and il Presepio (Pompeii Church) in the windows, a beautifully decorated Courtyard.


VIDEO – Holiday Lights Finale – 200 Drones!