Specialties in Sicilian cuisine

Cassata, ©TheGirlsNY/Flickr

Cassata, ©TheGirlsNY/Flickr

Italians are famous for many things for they excel in many fields. Culinary skills, Italian recipes and specialties are certainly among the outstanding topics. The food and drinks in Sicily reflect the several cultural influences that formed the island over the hundreds of years. Those who like to eat and taste new flavors are always welcome to Sicily!

There are numerous varieties of original mouthwatering Sicilian dishes and desserts which most probably will measure up to your expectations. The several varieties of pizza and pasta are only a few among the local specialties. Visit Sicily and try all the delicious foods prepared from home-grown and fresh ingredients.

Home-made quality

Most of the dishes and meals are prepared using fresh and home-grown products,  ingredients such as citrus fruits and pecorino cheese just to mention a few of them. Sicily is also very rich in seafood, especially the towns around the coastal area. One of the local favorites is pasta with sardines which is a must on the visitor’s test list. In Catania and the surrounding region pasta and pizza is combined with every possible ingredient such as tomato and ricotta. In the western region couscous is the most popular dish.

Pecorino cheese, ©santanartist/Flickr

Pecorino cheese, ©santanartist/Flickr

Pizza, pasta and others

When it comes to Italian cuisine pizza and pasta are the first things that pop into our minds. Here in Sicily you will find them in every variety. In bars, rosticcerias and tavola caldas you can fill up on tasty hot snacks and sandwiches. If you would like to go on a picnic you can shop at a local supermarket.

Pizzeria in Palermo, ©Dan Bock/Flickr

Pizzeria in Palermo, ©Dan Bock/Flickr

Desserts for the sweet teeth

Desserts are best bought in a local pastry shop and consumed in a picnic. Italians are renowned for their rich pastries and desserts such as cannoli and ‘gelato’ (ice cream). Desserts mostly include ingredients such as marzipan, ricotta, chocolate and candied fruit. Another delightful treat is the ‘granita’, a slush of ice and fruit that is served with a straw and a spoon. On a hot summer day a nice cold granita brings refreshing.

Cassata, ©TheGirlsNY/Flickr

Cassata, ©TheGirlsNY/Flickr

Grape juice or wine

Italian wine does not have to be introduced for it is known all around the world for its high quality. The most popular wine is the Marsala dessert wine. Among the good whites and reds we can mention the ones produced in Etna. Try the local specialty of the east coast, a wine with almonds, the vino alla mandorla.

Wine at Catania, ©Davide Restivo/Flickr

Wine at Catania, ©Davide Restivo/Flickr

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