Advertise with Specialty Food Media Today >>>

Dishes of Sicily

Date: 07/01/10 | Source: Specialty Food Magazine | Author: Joanna Pruess
Categories: Prepared Food Recipes; Dinner; Sides
LinkedIn Comment Print

Dishes of Sicily

Take inspiration from the region’s rich culinary offerings.

By Joanna Pruess

Sicily, Italy’s southernmost region, was long considered a strategic position on trade routes because it is located close to Africa and is surrounded by the Mediterranean. As a result, Sicilian cuisine reflects centuries of invaders—Greeks, Romans, Arabs, Normans, Bourbons and others—who were ultimately absorbed into the culture. The land proved to be a fertile environment in which to grow olives, capers, fennel and artichokes—all important local ingredients.

Among the most significant culinary contributions to the island’s cooking were those brought by the Arabs. This group introduced sugarcane and new varieties of citrus fruits that are used in desserts like cassata, cannoli and gelati, as well as in dishes with a combination of sweet and savory flavors that define Sicilian cooking. There is also an enormous amount of fresh local fish used, including tuna and swordfish, which is often grilled with herbs and lemon. From dishes that are eaten uncooked or grilled simply to those dishes with complex flavors, Sicily offers many tastes to savor.

Try the Recipes:

Add a comment:

Please Login (or Sign Up) to leave a comment

More Articles in Prepared Food Recipes

Dishes of Sicily


Take inspiration from the region’s rich culinary offerings.


Separate multiple email addresses with commas

search articles

Read the Digital Edition

Read the Current Issue of
Specialty Food Magazine

featured product

Tofu Making Kit
by Roaring Brook Dairy

Request Information
View More Products

featured producer

Paula Lambert

My Story. My Ad.

Click here for more info>>>

Online Product Gallery