Originally from the city of Catania, Pasta alla Norma is a traditional vegetarian pasta dish of the Sicilian cuisine, in Southern Italy. It is made of fried eggplants in rich tomato sauce, topped with basil leaves and sprinkled with grated ricotta salata or parmesan cheese.
This savory sauce is usually served as a first dish with short pasta shape such as rigatoni, which can easily collect the tomato sauce, but it can also be deliciously eaten with spaghetti.
Arancine or “little oranges” are a typical savory dish of the Sicilian cuisine, in Southern Italy, consisting of crispy fried balls of rice mixed with ragù sauce and peas, along with stretched cheese.
Arancine are one of the main symbols of the Sicilian street food culture, but they can also be prepared and served as an appetizer or first dish.
Cannoli is a traditional Italian pastry originating in Sicily, in Southern Italy, consisting of crispy and crunchy tubes filled with fresh, sweetened ricotta cheese.
Cannoli Siciliani can be flavored by sprinkling both sides with chocolate drops, chopped pistachios, candied citron or orange peel, according to one’s preference.
Caponata is a typical sweet and soar vegetable-based dish originating in Sicily. It consists of a mix of fried eggplants, onions, celery, tomatoes, along with olives, capers and dried fruits. The vegetables are seasoned with olive oil and stir-fried with sugar and vinegar, which confers a bittersweet flavor.
This dish is traditionally served as an appetizer but it can also be eaten as a side dish to accompany meat and fish or as a filling for paninis and focaccia.
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Cassata is a traditional sweet from Sicily, in Southern Italy, and has its roots in the Arab tradition. It consists of a round sponge cake filled with ricotta cheese mixed with chocolate drops. The cake is garnished with almond paste, melted sugar and candied fruits.
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