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15 must try Sicilian food – best Sicilian dishes

1. Sicilian Caponata with eggplant

Sicilian Caponata with eggplant
Sicilian Caponata with eggplant

Caponata (Sicilian: capunata) is a Sicilian eggplant dish consisting of a cooked vegetable salad made from chopped fried eggplant and celery seasoned with sweetened vinegar, with capers in a sweet and sour sauce.

2. Arancini  – Sicilian fried rice balls


Arancini are stuffed rice balls which are coated with bread crumbs and then deep fried. They are usually filled with ragù (meat and tomato sauce), mozzarella, and peas.

3. Sicilian fish with couscous

Sicilian fish with couscous

4. Ricotta


Ricotta is an Italian whey cheese made from sheep, cow, goat, or Italian water buffalo milk whey left over from the production of cheese. Like other whey cheeses, it is made by coagulating the proteins that remain after the casein has been used to make cheese, notably albumin and globulin.

5. Pasta alla Norma

Pasta alla Norma

It is made with tomatoes, fried or sauteed aubergine (eggplant), grated ricotta salata cheese, and basil.

6. Sicilian pasta with sardines

sicilian pasta with sardines

7. Sea urchins

Sea urchins

Sea Urchins is often eaten raw, or with lemon and known as ricci on Italian menus where it is sometimes used in pasta sauces. It can also flavour omelettes, scrambled eggs, fish soup, mayonnaise, béchamel sauce for tartlets, the boullie for a soufflé, or Hollandaise sauce to make a fish sauce.

8. Pane con la milza

Pane con la milza

Pani ca meusa is a Sicilian street food. Literally, its name means “bread with spleen”; its Italian name is panino con la milza. It is a dish exclusively typical of Palermo and it consists of a soft bread (locally called vastedda or vastella) flavoured with sesame, stuffed with chopped veal’s lung and spleen that have been boiled and then fried in lard. This is definitely the dish to note down when planning on where to stay in Palermo for the top local foods not to be missed around the area.

9. Pane con la trippa

Pane con la trippa

10. Stigghiola –  grilled goat’s intestines served with salt, pepper and lemon


The stigghiola is a Sicilian food specialty, typical of the streets of the city of Palermo. It consists of guts (usually of lamb, but also of goat or chicken) which are washed in water and salt, seasoned with parsley and often with onion and other pot herbs, then stuck on a skewer or rolled around a leek, and finally cooked directly on the grill.

11. Brioche con gelato

brioche con gelato.

12. Cannolo


Cannoli are Italian pastries of the Sicily region.

13. Granita


Granita is a semi-frozen dessert made from sugar, water and various flavorings. Originally from Sicily, it is available all over Italy in somewhat different forms

14. Cassata – Sicilian Ricotta Cake

Cassata – Sicilian Ricotta Cake

Cassata or Cassata siciliana is a traditional sweet from all areas of Sicily, Italy, born in Palermo. Cassata consists of round sponge cake moistened with fruit juices or liqueur and layered with ricotta cheese and chocolate chips (which is also the cannoli’s filling). It is covered with a shell of marzipan, pink and green pastel colored icing, and decorative designs. The cassata is topped with candied fruit depicting cherries and slices of citrus fruit characteristic of Sicily.

15. Artichokes



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