Sicilian Food & Traditions

Typical Catanese Food: sweet to savory for every taste!

Sicily: land of sea, sun, culture, history, architecture and…food! If there is one thing Sicilians are proud of, it is the delicious and unmistakable cuisine of our land. Typical Catanese food, in particular, has a great tradition fueled by the extraordinary variety of the territory; many tasty products grow in Sicily, which are the base for the preparation of exquisite dishes. A typical Sicilian would tell you that it is not just food, it is much more: a true feeling. Those smells and tastes are able to bring out memories and let you travel backward in time, to a family lunch or an evening with friends…
We are also famous for our hospitality and that’s why we love letting our guests try all our typical flavors; we aim to leave an unforgettable memory of their holiday in Sicily.

Typical Catanese Food, in particular, does not miss anything: from first courses to desserts… let’s discover together the typical dishes of Catania and province!

Catanese Street Food a.k.a. Tavola Calda

Arancino: a typical Catanese food to bite on the go
Typical Catanese Arancino

Whether you are in small village or in a bigger city like Catania, you can find the typical Sicilian tavola calda in basically every bar. It’s very cheap but really tasty and filling and you can either eat it on the spot or enjoy it during a nice walk. The most famous among the tavola calda items is without a doubt the arancino: a simple fried rice ball filled with the typical meat sauce or pistachio, mushrooms, eggplants… you name it!
We cannot but mention pizzetta, a smaller and softer version of the classic pizza; then, cartocciate, cipolline and siciliane. You can’t say you have been in Sicily if you haven’t tasted one of these delicacies!

First courses

Italy’s most common association is probably with pasta. Every Italian region has its typical pasta and Sicily is no exception; in fact, the products of our island lend themselves very well for the preparation of inviting first courses. For example, if you combine tomato sauce, ricotta, fried eggplants and basil you get a pasta alla norma, a typical delicacy of Catania and province. The name originated from the title of the homonymous opera of the Catanese musician and composer of the 19th century Vincenzo Bellini. Eggplants are also the main basis of another filling recipe, the parmigiana: layers of fried eggplant alternated with layers of mozzarella, parmesan, tomato sauce and basil. Forget about the diet and taste these dishes with us during our Etna, Wine & Alcantara tour!

Desserts

Granita & brioche: a typical Catanese breakfast
Granita & brioche: a filling and delicious breakfast!

What better way to finish your meal than with a tasty dessert? If it is a typical Sicilian cannolo with its filling of fresh ricotta or chocolate cream, that’s even better! As alternative, you could also taste a traditional and refreshing Sicilian ice cream, which many consider one of the best in the world. If you have a sweet tooth, you cannot leave Sicily without trying granita; locals often have it for breakfast, strictly accompanied by a brioche!