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Sicily – Food

Sicilian cuisine is characterized by its strong mediterranean flavours coming from Greek, Arab, French and Jewish cuisines.

Pasta is  the staple food of Sicily, followed by cous cous (durum-wheat semolina), very common in the city of Trapani. The most famous main course is probably pasta with sardines. Other popular recipes are pasta alla norma (tomato sauce, fried eggplant, ricotta cheese and basil), baked anelletti, trapanese spaghetti (tomatoes, basil and almond’s pesto), pasta ‘ncaciata (tomato, caciocavallo cheese, ragu, salami, boiled eggs, eggplant, pecorino cheese).

Second courses are mainly made of fish, in particular sward fish, fished offshore (the most famous one is the sward fish from Mazzara del Vallo).

Sicily is also known for its delicious desserts: sicilian cassata (sweet ricotta cheese, almond paste and candied fruit); sicilian cannoli (fried paste filled with sheep ricotta cheese and decorated with candied fruit and icing sugar); granita (most famous flavours: almond, lemon and coffee with whipped cream on top); almond paste, made with the delicious Avola’s almonds, the martorana fruits (marzipan shaped liked coloured fruits) and the cannatedde (typical Easter sweet made of short pastry and and boiled egg).

The so-called street food is really appreciated too: arancine (rice balls fried, filled with ragu, mozzarella cheese, peas and ham), panelle (chickpeas flour pancakes), stigghiole (lamb gut filled with offal) and pane ‘ca meusa (bread and spleen veal).

Other typical products from Sicily are: Bronte pistachio, pricly pear, Avola’s almond, Modica chocolate and sheep ricotta cheese.

 

DOCG WINES IN SICILY:
Cerasuolo di Vittoria

DOC WINES IN SICILY:
Alcamo
Contea di Sclafani
Contessa Entellina
Delia Nivolelli
Eloro
Erice
Etna
Faro
Malvasia delle Lipari
Mamertino di Milazzo or Mamertino
Marsala
Menfi
Monreale
Pantelleria
Noto
Riesi
Salaparuta
Sambuca di Sicilia
Santa Margherita di Belice
Sciacca
Sicilia
Siracusa
Vittoria

SLOW FOOD PRESIDIA IN SICILY:
Confections:
Cuddrireddra di Delia
Manna delle Madonie

Fresh and dried fruit:
Scillato Apricot
Etna Heritage Apples
Sciacca and Ribera Wild Strawberry
Ciaculli Late-Winter Mandarino
Noto almond
Alcamo Purceddu Melon
Minuta Olive
Peach in a bag
Bronte green pistachio
Monreale White Plums

Cheeses and dairy products:
Maiorchino
Piacentinu ennese
Nebrodi Provola
Madonie Provola
Belice ValleyVastedda

Legumes:
Polizzi Generosa Badda Bean
Scicli Cosaruciaru Bean
Modica Cottoia Broad Bean
Ustica Broad Bean
Leonforte Broad Bean
Ustica Lentil
Villalba Lentil

Vegetables:
Nubia Red Garlic
Salina Caper
Menfi Spiny Artichoke
Aci trunzu Kohlrabi
Rosolini Greens
Giarratana Onion
Paglina Onion of Castrofilippo
Paceco Cartucciaru Melon
Polizzi Generosa Pepper
Bilìci Valley Siccagno Tomato

Bread and baked goods:
Castelvetrano black bread

Fish, sea food and fish products:
Lampedusa Salted Round Sardinella
Magghia Masculina

Breeds and animal husbandry:
Sicilian Black Bee
Ragusano Donkey
Girgentana Goat
Cinisara Cattle
Modicana Cattle
Nebrodi Black Pig

Salt:
Trapani Sea Salt

Spices, wild herbs and condiments:
Ispica Sesame

ARK OF TASTE PRODUCTS (SLOW FOOD FOUNDATION) IN SICILY:
Distilled and fermented beverages:
Spiritu de’ fascitrari

Cereals and flours:
Timilia Durum Wheat

Confections and honey:
Cucchia
Riesi Mastazzola
‘Ncannellati
Gangi Taralla
Caltanissetta Torrone
Iblei Mountains Thyme honey

Fresh and dried fruit:
Ribera Vanilla Orange
Ragusa Carob
Maletto Strawberry
Messina Interdonato Lemon
Verdello Lemon
Cirino Apple
Cola Apple
Gelato Apple
Gelato Cola Apple
Bivona Peach
Tabacchiera dell’Etna Peach
Late-Harvest Leonforte Peaches
Pantelleria Zibibbo Grape

Cheeses and dairy products:
Cinisara Cow Caciocavallo
Sicilian Canestrato
Piacentino
Floresta Provola
Ragusano
Ricotta Infornata

Vegetables:
Pantelleria Caper
Partanna Sweet Onion
Bilìci Valley Siccagno Tomato
Prickly Pear Sweet Wine

Bread and baked goods:
Lentini Cudduruni
Lentini traditional bread

Fish, sea food and fish products:
Lampedusa Salted Round Sardinella
Favignana Tuna Bottarga

Breeds and animal husbandry:
Pantelleria donkey
Etna silver goat
Belice sheep

Meat products:
Sant’Angelo di Brolo salami

Spices, wild herbs and condiments:
Ispica Sesame Seeds

DOP PRODUCTS (Italian Protected Designation of Origin) IN SICILY:
Cheeses:
Sicilian Pecorino
Piacentinu Ennese
Ragusano
Belice Valley Vastedda

Oils:
Monte Etna
Monti Iblei
Valdemone
Valle del Belice
Val di Mazara
Valli Trapanesi

Vegetables, fruit and cereals:
Ribera Orange
Etna Cherry
Enta Prickly Pear
San Cono Prickly Pear
Nocellara del Belice Olive
Bronte Green Pistachio

Bread and baked goods:
Dittaino Bread

IGP PRODUCTS (Protected Geographical Indication) IN SICILY:
Vegetables, fruit and cereals:
Sicilian Red Orange
Pantelleria Caper
Ispica Carrot
Syracuse Lemon
Messina Interdonato Lemon
Pescabivona Peach
Leonforte Peach
Pachino Tomato
Canicatti Table Grapes
Mazzarrone Table Grapes

Meat products:
S. Angelo Salami

Salt:
Trapani Sea Salt

 

 

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