Sicily, just beautiful! The views, clear beaches, ancient architecture, volcanoes, and just everything about it look like it came out of a Mediterranean dream.
But what we love the most about this island is definitely the food.
Sicilian cuisine is like no other. Sicily has been conquered many times by different nations, so it is only logical that the food combines many cultures.
Of course, there is pasta, olives, wines, and seafood. Still, the local food scene also has other ingredients and cooking techniques different from any other part of Italy.
There is influence from the Islamic Moors, Greeks, Romans, Normans, Spaniards, and many others.
Sicily is a famous tourist destination, but some people only go to this beautiful island to taste its renowned food and for the satisfaction of saying they ate in Sicily!
Since we love it so much, we have made a list of some of Sicily’s most famous dishes for you to enjoy!
Arancini is definitely one of the staples of Sicily. But, maybe you have seen them around the world and didn’t even know they are a traditional Sicilian dish.
Arancini is creamy risotto rice, breaded and then deep-fried into deliciousness.
Arancini’s shape and size could vary depending on where you are in Sicily. Still, they are all delicious, and the risotto filling is to die for.
People usually eat it as a snack or as antipasti. The fun thing about arancini is that the risotto can be of the flavor of your choice, with meats or vegetarian.
2. Raw red prawns
The perks of being an Island is the quality and variety of fish there is available. Of course, seafood is a staple of the Sicilian diet.
Red prawns, which are called gambero rosso, are one of the most appreciated sea treats.
The ones caught on Mazara del Vallo on the western coast of Sicily are believed to be the best in the world.
Sicilians eat their red prawns fresh. They put some lemon juice and olive oil on them and eat it raw.
So don’t be scared to indulge in these red pieces of deliciousness. If you are up for something fresh and juicy, gambero rosso it is.
3. Pasta alla Norma
This… This is it. Sicily in a dish. If you go to Catania on the east coast, you will get to try this famous pasta served in all its splendor.
It has tomatoes, aubergines, garlic, basil, and salted ricotta (ricotta salata).
The name Norma comes from a nineteenth century opera with the same name.
It is best made with tubular pasta such as penne or rigatoni. First, you need to fry thinly sliced eggplant in extra virgin olive oil and toss them into fresh tomato sauce.
Sprink around the ricotta salata on top, and you have the fantastic pasta alla norma.
This is the kind of pasta that you will not find anywhere else in the world. At least it won’t taste like the original one.
So please do not miss this amazing dish, you will regret it!
4. Involtini de pesce espada
Okay, so get this: thin slices of swordfish, topped with capers, pine nuts, raisins, olives, and lemon.
These are rolled up and secured with a skewer.
Next step? Baking, frying, or grilling. You can add a bit of breadcrumb on the outside. Doesn’t it sound magical?
The best thing about this dish is that it has so many flavors making it incredibly unique.
Yes, the cannoli again. These deep-fried pastry cylinders full of ricotta are a must on the list.
The cannoli is famous all around Italy and the world. But, it originated in Sicily, and it is a must-try while you’re visiting.
Cannolis have been a staple in Italy’s cuisine since forever. It dates back to medieval times when people would eat it at the Carnevale.
They are the perfect treat to eat anywhere. You can enjoy cannolis at home, on the streets, or at a restaurant as a dessert.
6. Pane con panelle
Quick vegetarian snack! Pane con panelle is a popular street food.
These chickpea fritters melt in your mouth. You can eat them as antipasto or in the street stuffed with sesame oil.
If you are strolling around Palermo you can bet you will find many friggitorie selling this exquisite dish.
The typical Sicilian antipasto. It is a mix of aubergine, capers, tomatoes, and vinegar. It tastes tangy and sweet, a bit sour.
It varies a bit all around Sicily. Some Caponatas have pine nuts, raising, olives, celery, bell peppers, potatoes, and carrots.
8. Brioche con gelato
Food in Sicily can be rather decadent, brioche con gelato is the perfect example.
The brioche is a light and sweet bread. Sicilians cut it in half and place a generous scoop of gelato in the middle.
It can be topped with chocolate, pistachios, and whipped cream.
People eat it at breakfast in the summer months or as a snack whenever!
The cassata is a sponge cake, so of course, it is moist!
Sicilians moisten it with liqueur, ricotta, and candied fruit. Some cover it in green marzipan and icing.
Making cassata is not an easy job. It requires patience and attention to detail, but the end result is totally worth it
To make a cassata at home, it would take 27 hours just to rest! And then two hours to actually make the recipe.
If you do attempt to recreate it, remember it is best served cold.
Of course, at La Piazzetta we have many Sicilian dishes and ingredients, we specially recommend our cannolis to end the evening on a sweet note.
And of course, one of our specialties, our Siciliana Pizza, with mozzarella, tomato sauce, eggplant, parmesan, and extra virgin olive oil.
At La Piazzetta, we take pride in all our flavors. Our ingredients are brought straight from Italy. We want to make it an authentic Italian experience.
You are welcome to come with your friends and family and enjoy a night with us.
If you are absolutely craving one of our dishes but can’t make it here, you can always order online.
See you soon!