There were three big livers in the Murray’s chicken I roasted yesterday. Gifts of the gods? Regalo is Italian for gift, and can also refer to the giblets, the gifts of richness for the poor, who were often stuck with the organ meats. Regale meanwhile, means regal. Regaleali is the name of the Sicilian estate of the Tasca d’Almerita clan, who host a cooking school that my mother attended. They make some damn good wines.* Break the name down and you get a sense of the history of Sicily, for Regaleali means “Gift of Ali” or “regal Ali,” either way referring to centuries of Arab settlement on the island. Some of the Tascas are tall and blue-eyed, hinting at the even earlier Norman influence.
We also made some tirmisu, which turns out to be great for breakfast. But then, what isn’t?
*Usually, you find their Nero d’avola (rosso) and Regaleali (bianco) in the stores. In a wine bar outside the wall of Florence, I had a glass of their Leone d’Almerita and became convinced they were hoarding the good stuff domestically.