Now I know I am slightly biased when in comes to Sicily, but if you’re not convinced by the azure Mediterranean, the wealth of art and culture and the glorious weather, then for the love of God - you MUST be won over by the food.
The only way it would be possible not to like the food is if you had no tongue, no tastebuds and no heart. If this was the case you would be dead, so I will assume you all like food!
It really is a religious experience. It leaves people silent. Just chewing and pulling faces like they’ve seen some sort of divine light. I know you think ALL Italian food is good, just like ALL of Jackie Collins novels are great, but the South really does have the edge on the North. Sicily in particular craps all over the rest of Italy when it comes to food.
If you’re worried about your waistline, then never fear, I have done you all a favour and popped down there for Easter to bring you a round-up of the very best bits and where you can find them. I’ve also consumed all the calories and am still dancing them off.
Let’s start at the top:
‘A is for Aranacini’
Little balls of rice sent down from the Gods. Sicily is FAMOUS for Arancini. These fist-size balls of rice come in a variety of flavours including ‘Carne’ (meat and peas), ‘Burro’ (butter), ‘Prosciutto e Mozzarella’ (you know that one) and ‘Pesto’. The rice is cooked and the filling is placed inside. The ball is then rolled in bread crumbs and grated Parmesan and fried. You can grab one in most bars, hot or cold and wolf it down with your hands. It’s a snack to some, a meal to others. Depends on the size of your appetite.
Here they are in all their glory *droooooooooooooooool*
You can find the best Arancini in the capital Palermo at Bar Alba
Dolce means sweet in Italian and my goodness do they know how to do a dessert. The Sicialians are famous for their dolicini (little sweets), cannoli (filled with smooth, creamy ricotta), torta (cake) and gelato (ice-cream of course!).
Feast your eyes on these bad boys…..
These ladies were making festive desserts for Pasqua (Easter).
Grab some dolce from Pasticceria Cappello in Palermo and get it all over your face. You won’t regret it.
In In the lovely little town of Castelbuono, nestled amongst the mountains, there’s a mouth-wateringly good restaurant called Nangalarruni. A cosy, warm fire-lit place with some of the best vino you’ll find in Sicily. I once went here with someone who hates mushrooms which was a big mistake as you can’t escape from them here. They are the pride and joy of this restaurant. You’d find them in every dish and the walls adorned with pictures in their honour. If however you are a fan then you MUST go.
My advice is don’t order from the menu just ask them what’s fresh and they will keep bringing plate after plate of orgasmic cuisine from fresh pasta with funghi to succulent meats. Wear elasticated trousers.
Verdure e Frutta (Veggies and Fruit)
I know it sounds boring but fruit and veg in Sicily are NOT boring. They are bloody delightful! Grown in rich volcanic soil, bursting with colour and full of flavour. We stalked down some seriously sexy-looking fruit and veg in the market in Palermo. Check it…
These tiny little strawberry’s ‘fragoline’ are SO sweet and SO zingy and SO awesome. Get some and shove them directly in your gob asap.
Some other excellent restaurants to visit in Palermo if you want to be nice to your tastebuds are:
Trattoria Biondo This Palermo favourite, still run by Biondo himself (a lovely man with a huge grey afro) serves up the very best in fresh Sicilian food from Pesce Spada (sword fish) to Cassata.
Pizzo e Pizzo Also in the centre of Palermo, Pizzo e Pizzo offers both a gourmet delicatessen and a restaurant. Here you will find some of the most impressive cheeses, cold meats and wines to stuff yourself on
OK, have I convinced you?
Are you hungry?
Luv Saz x
Bar Alba: Piazza Don Bosco, 7, 90143 Palermo www.pasticceriaalba.it
Pasticceria Cappello: Via Colonna Rotta 68, 90134 Palermo www.pasticceriacappello.it
Nangalarruni: Via delle Confraternite, 5 90013 Castelbuono www.hostarianangalarruni.it
Trattoria Biondo:V. CARDUCCI 15, Palermo www.ristoratoribiondo.com
Pizzo e Pizzo: V. XII GENNAIO 1/P, Palermo www.pizzoepizzo.com