Sicilian Gastronomy: A flavourful journey through food

ByAndrea Thompson

May 13, 2024

Sicily, the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, is not only known for its rich history and stunning landscapes but also for its diverse and flavourful cuisine.

The island’s gastronomy is a testament to the various cultures that have influenced it over the centuries, including Greek, Arab, and Norman. Here are our must try’s when visiting.


Sicilian street food at its best. These are scrumptious fried rice balls often filled with ragù (meat sauce), mozzarella, and peas.


With every Sicilian family have their own secret version, this is a sweet and sour eggplant dish typically consisting of aubergines, celery, capers, and olives, with a sweetened vinegar sauce.

Pasta all Norma:

Named after the opera by Vincenzo Bellini, the pasta dish is made with tomatoes, fried aubergines, grated ricotta and basil.


One of the most famous Sicilian desserts.  Tube shaped shells of fried pastry filled with sweet creamy fillings made with ricotta.


A semi-frozen dessert from sugar, water and various fillings famous in Catania but enjoyed by all over and served with a brioche bun.


Little fritters made from chickpea flour and served as a snack or appetiser.


An island version of a pizza. A thick crust and typically topped with tomato, onions, anchovies and local caciocavallo cheese.

Sarde a Beccafico:

Fresh sardines stuffed with breadcrumbs, pine nuts, raisins and herbs rolled up and baked or deep fried.

Busiate al Pesto Trapanese:

Long twisted strands, a traditional Sicilian pasta served with pesto made from tomatoes, almonds, garlic, basil and pecorino cheese.

Frutta Martorana:

Traditional marzipan sweets from Palermo. Soft and almondy a traditional dessert normally served on All Sou’s Day but found year round throughout Sicily.

Sicilian cuisine is a delicious blend of simplicity and complexity, where the freshness of the ingredients is as important as the historical influences that shaped the dishes and leave a lasting impression on your taste buds.

Buon appetite!