Wanda Tornabene, 81, and her daughter Giovanna, 60, are masters of Sicilian cooking and the authors of several successful cookbooks, including their latest, “100 Ways to Be Pasta.” At first, Wanda was reluctant to share the family recipes. In keeping with Sicilian tradition, each generation passes their culinary secrets on to the next. Wanda learned how to cook from her mother-in-law. She in turn passed her passion for cooking on to Giovanna.
Twenty years ago, the Tornabenes turned their home, a 13th century Abby, into a restaurant. Gangivecchio is now one of the most popular dining places in the region. Giovanna runs the kitchen, preparing traditional dishes like Capellini Timballo, while her brother Paola manages the family inn, also helping out in the kitchen.But Wanda still guards the family's secret Sicilian red sauce. Wanda and Giovanna Tornabene appeared on the “Today” show to share their Sicilian specialties, including Wanda's famous cheese-filled cannoli recipe.