What to eat during a holiday in Sicily: three destination for a journey
- Published: 3 giugno 2015
- Category: Typicalness and Curiosities
When you decide where to go on holiday in Sicily, your mind goes immediately to the beaches, the cities, the coast, the nature reserves. But a holiday isn’t complete without tasting the several traditional dishes of this place. Therefore, for the sake of your trip, you should know what to eat in Sicily.
It’s impossible to list all Sicilian typical dishes. Here you can find the dishes to taste absolutely. Try them in the three main cities of the island: Palermo, Catania and Messina.
What to eat in Palermo
In Palermo, you have to taste the street food, while you are visiting the old town and the ancient markets: pani câ meusa (soft loaf with pieces of veal spleen and lung), arancini (stuffed rice balls that are coated with breadcrumbs), cicireddu (fried fish), sfincione (puff pastry with tomato sauce, cheese, anchovies and onion), cannoli (tube-shaped shells of fried pastry dough, filled with a sweet, creamy filling usually containing ricotta) and cassata.
What to eat in Catania
The first thing to taste in Catania is pasta: pasta alla norma (with tomatoes, fried aubergine, grated ricotta salata cheese, basil), spaghetti with sardines, spaghetti alla carrettiera (with oil, raw garlic, pepper and grated cheese). After caponata (fried vegetables with tomato, olives, capers, celery, onions), the city will surprise you with its renowned pastry: cassatelle di Sant’Agata, Olivette di Sant’Agata, Rame di Napoli, crispelle di riso, and the famous slush of Catania.
What to eat in Messina
You have to taste the street food even in Messina: arancini, calia e simenza (chickpeas and pumpkin seeds), mozzarella in carrozza (fried mozzarella with slices of toasted bread and olive oil), focaccia alla messinese. Among the other dishes to taste there are spaghetti al tonno alla messinese (spaghetti with tuna), pasta con le sarde (pasta with sardines), pasta con cavolfiore alla messinese (pasta with cauliflower), pasta con la mollica (pasta with crumb), involtini e impanata di pesce spada (rolls of swordfish and breaded swordfish), polpette di baccalà (codfish meatballs), cannoli and cassate.
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