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Five Sicilian Food Dishes traditional Sicilian ceramic heads header

Dive into Sicilian Delights: 5 Must-Try Foods for Every Tourist

Welcome to Sicily, the land where every corner whispers tales of culinary marvels! As you roam the streets adorned with vibrant markets and cozy trattorias, your taste buds are in for an unforgettable journey. Sicilian cuisine is a delightful combination of flavors, blending influences from Greek, Arab, Spanish, and Norman cultures into a tasty ensemble. Dishes are grain, seafood, and vegetable based for the most part. Here are five must-try foods that will elevate your Sicilian experience to new heights.

Five Sicilian Food Dishes, aracini

Aracini

Arancini

Let’s kickstart our gastronomic adventure with the king of Sicilian street food – arancini! These taste treats are a sight to behold and a delight to devour. Picture this: a crispy exterior giving way to a heavenly core of creamy risotto, stuffed with ragù, mozzarella, and peas. With each bite, you’re transported to a realm of savoury bliss. Whether you’re exploring the towns of Palermo or Catania, you’ll find arancini beckoning you from every corner, each variation offering a unique twist on this Sicilian classic.

Other street foods you may be tempted to try are pollanche ie. boiled corn on the cob, pepittuna ie. sliced citrons with salt, and panelle e crocchè which could be bread, fritters or croquettes. You can also find pizza in bakeries – all kinds of traditional Italian recipes – but the Sicilian specialty is sfincione, which has a spongy base covered with a meatless sauce of  tomatoes, onions, herbs, and anchovies. The big difference? This is often covered with breadcrumbs and perhaps goat cheese – and your slice will be a square (or rectangle) instead of the traditional triangle.

Five Sicilian Food Dishes, pizza

Sfincione (Sicilian pizza)

Caponata

Prepare your taste buds for a symphony of sweet and sour notes with caponata, Sicily’s answer to the French ratatouille, and perhaps its most famous dish. Caponata is a combination of eggplant, tomatoes, onions, celery, olives, and capers, simmered to perfection in a tangy sweet and sour sauce. Served as a starter or a side dish, at warm or at room temperature, caponata is a celebration of Sicily’s bountiful harvest and culinary ingenuity. Pair it with crusty bread or enjoy it as a topping on fresh bruschetta.

Five Sicilian Food Dishes, cannoli

Delicious Cannoli

Cannoli

No trip to Sicily is complete without indulging in the iconic cannoli. These crispy, tube-shaped pastries filled with creamy ricotta cheese are a testament to Sicilian craftsmanship and culinary mastery. Whether dusted with powdered sugar or adorned with candied fruit, each bite is heavenly. As you stroll through the picturesque streets of Taormina or Syracuse, be sure to seek out a local pasticceria and treat yourself to this divine delight – your inner foodie will rejoice. This one dish you will never tire of no matter how many times you indulge on your visit!

Five Sicilian Food Dishes, pasta alla norma

Pasta Alla Norma

Pasta alla Norma

Buon appetito! Get ready to tantalize your taste buds with a pasta dish fit for royalty – pasta alla Norma. Legend has it that this culinary gem was named in honor of Bellini’s opera “Norma,” a Sicilian masterpiece. It is perhaps Sicily’s most widely known dish. Featuring tender pasta tossed in a rich tomato sauce infused with garlic and basil, topped with fried eggplant and grated ricotta salata cheese, it is a symphony of flavors . With each forkful, you’ll savour the essence of Sicilian hospitality and culinary tradition. 

Five Sicilian Food Dishes, granita and a brioche

Refreshing granita and a brioche

Granita and Brioche

As the Sicilian sun beats down, cool off with a refreshing treat that’s as delightful as it is decadent – granita and brioche. This iconic duo consists of finely shaved ice, flavored with everything from almond and coffee to lemon and mulberry, and served alongside a fluffy brioche bun. Whether enjoyed for breakfast, as a midday snack, or a post-dinner indulgence, granita and brioche are the perfect antidote to Sicily’s sultry climate. So, find a charming café overlooking the sea, take a seat, and let the cool, sweet flavors transport you to paradise.

Five Sicilian Food Dishes street seafood

Street food – seafood offerings

Sicily is a culinary playground where every dish tells a story and every bite is an adventure. From the bustling markets of Palermo to the quaint villages of the countryside, the island’s rich culinary heritage awaits you to explore and indulge. Chose to visit Sicily on a tour of Italy, on a Mediterranean cruise, or on a custom visit. All can be arranged with the help of your travel advisor at this agency. So, pack your appetite and embark on a journey of taste and tradition!

All images courtesy of Adobestock. Article first appeared on Real Travel Experts.