The food of Sicily

A quick guide to Sicilian cuisine and typical dishes

The triad of Sicilian culinary staples is eggplant, pasta, and lots of fresh fish—this is an island after all—with a heavy dose of native limone (lemon) and mandorle (almonds) thrown in for good measure.

Some of the quintessential Sicilian dishes served all over the islands include:

  • pasta all Norma (short pasta, usually rigatoni, casseroled with cubed eggplant, fresh mozzarella, and tomatoes)
  • involtini di pesce spada or involtini di spada alle brace (tiny swordfish roll-ups, usually breaded and grilled)
  • involtini di vitello (like the swordfish, only made of veal)
  • spaghetti ai ricci di mare (spaghetti with sea urchins)

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