Here’s some of what the Lonely Planet – Sicily chapter on Food and Drink has to say about Sicilian cuisine:
“If food isn’t already one of your prime motivations for visiting Sicily, it should be! Over the centuries, Sicilian chefs have combined culinary influences from mainland Italy, north Africa, and countless other places, with tasty and unexpected indigenous twists to create a unique cuisine, one of the world’s most magnificent.
Hit Catania for one of Sicily’s most beloved first courses, pasta alla Norma (pasta topped with eggplant, basil, fresh ricotta and tomatoes).”
KAPOORS ON THE ROAD
During our last meal at our favourite restaurant in Milan, we happened to mention that we were leaving the next day for Sicily. I’ll never forget the look on the owner/chef’s face when he exclaimed, “But the food, the food, it’s the best in all of Italy!”
Unfortunately, like all regions close to or surrounded by the sea, there is an emphasis on fish and seafood. Unfortunately, this cuisine is not too our liking so we are often scrambling to find dishes that we can not only eat, but enjoy too. However, this was not the case in Sicily. We fell in love with the pasta dishes, the pizzas and most of all the vegetarian delights – many focusing on roasted eggplant. Enough said, we ate like kings everywhere we went.