Recipes & Pairings

With their crisp acidity and fresh fruit flavors, Sicily’s wines are versatile when it comes to food pairing. In general, white wines are better with lighter-bodied foods and fresh cheeses, while reds pair naturally with richer dishes. That said, white wine lovers can rely on Grillo to complement the entire meal, from pasta to grilled white meats and goat cheese. And the go-to for red-wine lovers is Nero d’Avola, which matches with everything from antipasti to grilled meats.

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  • Grilled Corn Pasta Salad

Grilled Corn Pasta Salad

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This grilled corn and pasta salad is the perfect mix of two summer favorites, served nicely with a glass of Grillo from Sicilia DOC.


  • 4 Large ears corn, husks removed
  • 1 ½ Cups uncooked penne pasta
  • 2 Cups cherry tomatoes
  • 1 Medium zucchini, thinly sliced
  • 1 Can (2 ¼ ounces) sliced ripe olives, drained
  • 1/3 Cup white wine vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon minced fresh basil
  • 1 Tablespoon minced fresh mint
  • 1 Teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 Teaspoon pepper


Grill corn on medium high heat covered, until corn blisters in spots, turning frequently. About 5-7 minutes. Remove from grill and cut the kernels off the husk and place in a large bowl.

Cook the pasta, drain and rinse in cold water to cool. Add to the bowl with the corn. Add the pasta, tomatoes, zucchini and olives.

In a small bowl, whisk the remaining ingredients to make the dressing. Mix gently with the pasta ingredients and chill for up to 3 hours. Makes 8 servings.