Food in Sicily

fish market in Palermo

The fish market in Palermo.


fish market in Trapani

Beautiful fish ("scorfanis") at the fishmarket in Trapani.



Fish caught in the fisherman's net in Cefalù.




Market Palermo

At the market in Palermo.



Espresso and Blue Guide

And now for something completely different: An espresso!



Frutta martorana (Sicilian: frutta marturana), marzipan

Frutta martorana (Sicilian: frutta marturana) are marzipan sweets in the form of fruits and vegetables. Probably originated at the Martorana Church's monastery in Palermo, Sicily.



Blood oranges

Sicilian blood oranges.



How to make Aunt Lisa's tatù (tetù)

tatù (tetù)


500 gr. of flour 00
A pinch of baking soda
An egg
A pinch of salt
150 gr. of sugar
150 gr. of lard
150 gr. of almonds peeled and finely chopped
Milk q.s.


250 gr. of sugar
2 egg whites
2 tablespoons and a half of bitter cocoa


After sifting the flour together with a pinch of bicarbonate, join the other ingredients and mix them by incorporating, little by little, the milk necessary to obtain a soft compound. At this point create balls not bigger than a walnut and place them on a baking tin with baking paper. Put in the preheated oven at 170 ° for about thirty minutes.
Meanwhile we prepare the icing: in a bowl beat the egg whites and mix the icing sugar vigorously with a whip for ten minutes (hard work!) until you get a dense cream without lumps. Combine the cocoa and mix again for a few minutes.
Bake the biscuits, make them warm, then add the prepared icing and bake at 150 ° for another five minutes.



More Food

Artichokes. Food market in Catania

Artichokes. Food market in Catania.


pipittune fruit in Taormina

Fruit shop in Taormina. This kind of lemon is called "pipittune". It is a hybrid between lemon and lime. You can eat the white pulp! The origins of pipittune (plural: pipittuni) is unknown, but it can probably be attributed to a spontaneous crossings between the lime, present in this area since the first century A.D., and lemons - introduced in Sicily by the Arabs. (Laura Leonardi)



Modica salt chocolate and espresso

Espresso and salt chocolate in the baroque city Modica.



Mantis shrimps (cicale di mare)

Mantis shrimps (cicale di mare). Fish market in Catania.



Swordfish at the fish market in Catania

Swordfish at the fish market in Catania.

Photos of fishermen in Sicily here!



Chocolate at Antica Dolceria Bonajuto in Modica, Sicily

Chocolate at Antica Dolceria Bonajuto in Modica.




In one small island located in the Strait of Sicily in the Mediterranean Sea, local people cultivate one of the most ancient vines that humankind has ever known. The sort of these grapes is proclaimed by UNESCO as one of the Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. The wine made from it is a product of a very old tradition that was practiced in the region for more than 2300 years. 

Read Stella Nenova's article on the Passito wine her!





Sicilian sweets.

Sicilian sweets.

Sicilian sweets.

Sicilian sweets.



ice, Taormina

It's refreshment time in Taormina.


ice,  Taormina

Ice with a taste of mandarin oranges. Taormina.



swordfish in Monreale

Swordfish for sale in Monreale.


sun-dried tomatoes

Sun-dried tomatoes on the market near the cemetary in Cefalù.



Buying food in Taormina.


Lemons in the Botanical Garden, Palermo.


Arancini: arancina carne, arancina burro, arancina norma

Arancini: arancina carne, arancina burro, arancina norma. See here: Is arancino or arancina correct?

espresso, Cefalù



Lemons growing in the garden at Hotel La Corte del Sole near Noto.

Sardines on the fish market in Trapani.




Swordfish, market, Catania

Swordfish for sale on the market in Catania.



An espresso - because you're worth it.

Photo: Torild Egge



Wunderbar, Taormina

All the celebrities have been there - have you been there? After a visit at the Wunderbar Café in Taormina, you might want to check what's left of your travel budget for the day.


Alessia's Cooking Class in Siracusa: Learn How to Make Traditional Sicilian Food

Alessia's Cooking Class in Syracuse: Learn How to Make Traditional Sicilian Food

Alessia with her cooking classes.

Alessia, a Sicilian friend of mine, will teach you how to make delicious typical Sicilian recipes exactly the way Sicilians do today.

If you take one of her courses in Syracuse, you will first go with her to enjoy the picturesque street market in Ortigia where, immersed into marvelous flavours, colours and culinary traditions, Alessia will introduce you to the people working there. By listening to their advice, the class will choose the fresh ingredients needed to make your Sicilian meal. Then you go to the dairy house to buy the fresh ricotta you need for the ravioli. You will also be tasting the best local cheese, salami, olives and whatever speciality they’ll recommend!

Then, the fish house, where Alessia's ex-colleagues entertain you with live music, and then we'll take the fishes of the day. At home the cooking starts with products purchased at the market before.

Alessia also has cooking classes in other cities. You can read more about her courses on her homepage:





Sicilian sweets





Gordon Ramsay teaches you how to make arancini



Homemade Rice Balls (Arancini) Laura Vitale's recipe - Laura in the Kitchen





cannolo, Cefalù

The Norman Cathedral in Cefalù serves as a backdrop for this photo of a cannolo.


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Sicilian Sites on UNESCO's World Heritage List

  • Agrigento: Archaeological Area of Agrigento (UNESCO)
  • Aeolian Islands: Isole Eolie. The group consists of seven islands (Lipari, Vulcano, Salina, Stromboli, Filicudi, Alicudi and Panarea) and five small islets (Basiluzzo, Dattilo, Lisca Nera, Bottaro and Lisca Bianca) in the vicinity of Panarea. (UNESCO)
  • Caltagirone (UNESCO)
  • Catania (UNESCO)
  • Cefalù Cathedral
  • Militello Val di Catania (UNESCO)
  • Modica (UNESCO)
  • Monreale Cathedral
  • Mount Etna (UNESCO)
  • Noto (UNESCO)
  • Palermo: Palazzo dei Normanni (The Norman Palace)
  • Palermo: Cappella Palatina (The Palatine Chapel in the Norman Palace)
  • Palermo: Church of San Giovanni degli Eremiti
  • Palermo: Church of Santa Maria dell'Ammiraglio (also known as the Martorana)
  • Palermo: Church of San Cataldo
  • Palermo: Cathedral of Palermo
  • Palermo: The Zisa Palace (La Zisa)
  • Palermo: The Cuba Palace (La Cuba)
  • Palazzolo Acreide (UNESCO)
  • Ragusa (UNESCO)
  • Scicli (UNESCO)
  • Syracuse and the Rocky Necropolis of Pantalica (UNESCO)