Sicily is a haven of art and architecture, millennia old monuments and incredible history and food, and Eating Your Way through Sicily is a divine way to enjoy this amazing island.
Think gelato, delicious stuffed fried rice balls known as arancini and luscious cannoli. Not to mention incredible seafood throughout the island plus fabulous wines. And then of course there is the amazing Modica chocolate to try.
Most of Italy, including the Lazio region where Rome is located, have their own version of stuffed fried rice balls. The luscious and cheesy version in Lazio is known as supplì al telefono and here’s the recipe!
Ursula Ferrigno’s Sicilian cookbook, Cucina Siciliana, is fabulous and well worth adding to your collection of great cookbooks!
Another amazing cookbook that focuses on Sicilian, and other Southern Italian, desserts is Rossetta Costantino’s wonderful Southern Italian Desserts.
Michele Di Pietro from @mangiawithmichele and I chatted about the trip she made last fall to Sicily with Kathy from Food Lovers Odyssey and on today’s podcast episode she shared the details of her culinary extravaganza.
Each and every restaurant on the island features wonderful seafood dishes and one specialty is sea urchins. Take a look at this gentleman cleaning sea urchins at a seaside market. Right after cleaning they’re drizzled with fresh lemon juice and eaten on the spot. And often they are used to make wonderful pasta dishes.
The island has incredible fish markets and perhaps the best known and world famous market is in Catania. Sicily is famous for its tuna and swordfish. Bottarga is another Sicilian specialty: dried fish that is used to grate on top of pasta and other dishes.
Michele also visited Siracusa and Ortigia island, and of course the three baroque cities including Modica, famous for its incredible chocolate. Eating your way through Sicily has to include this amazing chocolate! In last week’s podcast episode we spoke with owner Pierpaolo of the oldest chocolate producer in Sicily, Banajuto.
The wines of Sicily are fabulous, and let’s not forget about the history and art speckled throughout this island. Are you intrigued? If so you can join Flavor of Italy for one of our weeklong culinary tours of the island, or custom design your own trip with us!
In the meantime, while we are all still waiting for travel to return to normal post-lockdown, enjoy this virtual culinary trip to Sicily as you listen to today’s podcast episode, eating your way through Sicily, virtually with us.
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