Additionally, as you might expect from an island lapped by three seas, seafood features prominently on the Sicilian menu. The spaghetti ai ricci, a salty spaghetti starring sea urchins, makes for an interesting choice whilst the pasta con le sarde brings together the flavours of sardines, fennel, pine nuts and raisins.
Vegetarians will not be disappointed either with the pasta alla norma, a mix of eggplant and creamy ricotta, or the pasta al pesto di pistacchi, a pasta dish with a sauce made of unsalted roasted pistachios combined with ingredients such as basil, garlic, lemon zest, olive oil, grated Parmigiano Reggiano or Pecorino cheese, salt, and pepper. Last but not least come the delectable desserts. Sample a sugary frutta martorana, the marzipan sweets of the region, or send yourself to food heaven with the famous cannoli, a cylinder of fried dough, stuffed with sweet ricotta cheese. And of course, in the heat of the summer months, a creamy gelato, the Sicilian version of ice-cream, or refreshing granita a sugary iced treat will certainly tick all the boxes.