Top Street food
Sicilians love their food. They are often spotted eating on the go while walking, talking, shopping and going about their daily lives. Mainly due to the delicious, easy to digest and plentiful street food that is on offer in the larger cities and towns. Tourists too love immersing themselves in the street food scene – it’s so easy to be seduced by the scents, colours and flavours all around. Local delicacies and traditional fare are available, though some dishes are for the more adventurous foodie, such as quarumi (veal bowels in a broth) or stigghiola (lamb entrails cooked on the grill on a skewer).
Here are our top 5 street foods – don’t leave Sicily without sampling these tasty treats:
Panelle – a fried flat cake made from finely-ground chickpea flour and served in a warm bread roll – think chickpea fritter, delicious!
Arancine – essentially a fried risotto ball, arancini is usually saffron-flavoured rice and peas rolled into a ball and filled with mozzarella and a meat sauce; it is then dipped in breadcrumbs and fried. There is a vegetarian option, too, with spinach and cheese.
Sfincione – similar to a pizza, the sfincione is often rectangular, has a more wet dough and is traditionally topped with caciocavallo cheese, anchovies, tomato sauce, onion and a generous splash of olive oil. Like a focaccia pizza, yum!
Pane con la milza – a sesame bread roll filled with slices of veal spleen (and lung) fried in lard, and cheese. Or simply put a spleen burger.
Babbaluci – small yet delicious snails, seasoned with garlic and parsley that are sucked out of their shell.