The Sicilian cuisine consists of many different and tasty dishes. Obviously we can’t mention all of them on this page, we will, however describe a few of its most famous dishes, starting with the “snacks”:
The arancina literally means “small orange” (see picture) and is a famous Sicilian snack. You can buy this ball of rice, either filled with minced meat and green peas or with ham and cheese, in almost every Sicilian bar. The most delicious arancine are made by a bar in the town of Alcamo, close to Balestrate and Castellammare del Golfo.
Pane e panelle:
Panelle are thin, fried slices of dough made from chickpeas, frequently served in a bun. It’s a popular snack which is also served as antipasti in restaurants.
Pane con la milza:
Pane con la milza, “pani cà meusa” in dialect, is a favorite treat, especially in the city of Palermo and has a rather salty taste. This sandwich made of fried beef spleen is served with a slice of fresh Sicilian lemon and some grated local cheese (caciocavallo). Although the pane con la milza can be found in many Sicilian towns and cities, the people from Palermo are convinced that “their” pane con la milza is simply the best!
You shouldn’t confuse the sfincione with the pizza, although both are made with similar ingredients. The sfincione is in a way, the Sicilian equivalent of the Italian pizza. The base is thicker than that of a pizza and is covered with a mixture of tomatoes, onions, anchovies, cheese (caciocavallo), olive oil, oregano and bread-crumbs. You can eat this treat both cold and warm.