SICILIAN FOOD

If you want to taste the real Sicilian food, our advice are:

BAR TOURING where you can taste the famous "arancina bomba" (via Lincoln, next to the sea-side).

GELATERIA CICCIO where you can eat the best ice-cream of the city (Corso dei Mille, next to the Station)

FOCACCERIA SAN FRANCESCO where you can find all the best Sicilian food, "arancine", "pane con milza", "pasta con sarde", "pasta al forno", "panelle e crocchè", "cannoli".

(Piazza San Francesco next to via Roma and via Vittorio Emanuele).

There's no doubt about it. Food and wine are among Sicily's main attractions, and you may have sampled something of both long before arriving in Sicily. When most people think of Italian food, pasta and pizza come to mind. But Sicilian cuisine, and the Mediterranean Diet, transcends these ubiquitous culinary delights. If you plan to go on a diet, go to Sicily first (you can always diet later).

Here are a few specialties to sample:

Typical Sicilian "Sfincione"
Typical Sicilian "Sfincione"

Sfincione is a local form of pizza made with tomatoes, onions and (sometimes) anchovies. Prepared on a thick bread and more likely found in a bakery than in a pizzeria, sfincione is good as a snack or appetizer.

Caponata
Caponata

Caponata, a tasty salad made with eggplant (aubergines), olives, capers and celery, makes a great appetizer. There is also an artichoke-based version of this traditional dish, though you're less likely to find it in most restaurants.

Bread with "Panelle and Crocchè"
Bread with "Panelle and Crocchè"

Panella is a thin paste made of crushed or powdered(garbanzo) beans and served fried.

 

Crocché (croquet) are fried potato dumplings made with cheese, parsley and eggs.

Arancine with meat and peases
Arancine with meat and peases

Arancine are fried rice balls stuffed with meat or cheese.

Arancine is Italian for "Little oranges". When finished the ball should look about the same size of an orange.

 

Click here to look at the recipe for "arancina"

Pasta col nero di seppia
Pasta col nero di seppia

Sicily is renowned for its seafood. Grilled swordfish is popular. Smaller fish, especially snapper, is sometimes prepared in a vinegar and sugar sauce. Seppia (cuttlefish) is served in its own black sauce with pasta. Another Sicilian seafood dish made with pasta is finnochio con sarde (fennel with sardines).

Pane con milza (spleen)
Pane con milza (spleen)

Meat dishes are always popular. Many are traditionally made with lamb or goat. 

Milza (veal spleen) sandwiches are a bit "native" for most tastes, and loaded with cholesterol, but delicious anyway.

Sicilian Cannoli
Sicilian Cannoli

Sicilian desserts are superlative. Cannoli are tubular crusts with creamy ricotta and sugar filling. If they taste a little different from the ones you've had outside Italy, that's because the ricotta here is made from sheep's milk.

 

Traditional "Cassata Siciliana"
Traditional "Cassata Siciliana"

Cassata is a rich, sugary cake filled with the same delicious filling.

 

TIRAMISU'

 

is a cool, refreshing Italian dessert that once tasted, leaves an indelible impression on you.The original recipe called for custard and only recently has Mascarpone cheese been substituted. The basic ingredients are eggs, mascarpone cheese, ladyfingers, cream, espresso coffee, liquor -- brandy, marsala, rum are some of the spirits used -- a little bit of sugar, and cocoa or shaved chocolate.

Frutta di Martorana (or pasta reale) are almond marzipan pastries colored and shaped to resemble real fruit.

briochè con gelato
briochè con gelato

Sicilian gelato (ice cream) is excellent. In fact, it is possible that ice cream was invented in Sicily during Roman times, when a relay of runners would bring snow down from Mount Etna to be flavored and served to wealthy patricians. You'll find flavors ranging from pistachio and hazelnut (nocciola) to jasmine (gelsomino) to mulberry (gelsi) to strawberry (fragala) and rum (zuppa inglese).

 

 

Granita is sweetened crushed ice made in Summer and flavored with lemons or strawberries.

 

PAGINA ITALIANA

ENGLISH PAGE:

Follow our guide-lines and you won't get lost in the beginning of your experience

Get a flat in the city-center at local prices

Info about parties,

activities and pictures

The craziest party of the year
The craziest party of the year
Teatro Massimo
Teatro Massimo

Beautiful pictures and info about the city

Info about the most known clubs of the city-center

Cannoli
Cannoli

Discover some tasty specialties from our region

Videos of the past years by other International students

Videos of some typical Sicilian song

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