Food Traditions in Catania – 5 Foods You Absolutely Must Taste

Food traditions in Catania often represent a complex mix of cultures. From the famous wines to the beautiful scenery and the delectable food, everything in Sicily seems to have more taste, more color, and more intensity. Discover the top 5 traditional food that you can't miss while in Catania!

August 9, 2018

From the famous wines to the beautiful scenery and the delectable food, everything in Sicily seems to have more taste, more color, and more intensity.

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That is why it’s no surprise that the food grown in the lava-enriched soil on this island boasts flavors that just cannot be found elsewhere. In this article, we’re going to look at some of the typical Sicilian cousine foods that you must eat before leaving Catania.

Food Traditions in Catania – 5 Foods You Absolutely Must Taste

The food in Sicily has long been on the map as some of the freshest, most varied, scrumptious foods that you will find anywhere in the world. Here is a list of some of the food that you absolutely must taste while you’re in Sicily:

1. Veal Served With Pistachio Cream

This typical Sicilian dish features veal cutlets that are cut into fine slices. They are then rolled and filled with a light cream that is made from pistachio nuts. The entire thing is grilled over charcoal which makes an absolutely mouth-watering dish that you must taste on your next visit to Catania.

2. Arancino – A Popular Street Food

The Sicilian cousine is wonderfully varied and diverse and includes these delicious fried rice balls called arancino (plural arancini) which may have an assortment of different fillings inside such as mozzarella, peas, or meat ragu. In Catania, they even have variations that include tomato sauce, butter, spinach, and fried aubergine. These tasty rice balls make for a great mid-afternoon snack or a light lunch.

3. Horse Meat

Food traditions in Catania often represent a complex mix of cultures. If you’re a meat lover, here you will find a vast range interesting of options including the equine. Horse meat is a traditional delicacy in Sicily that is usually served in the form of sumptuous steaks or tasty meatballs. They also have other unusual specialties at their famous ‘grill and eat’ restaurants.

4. Spaghetti ai Ricci

It’s not just the grown food in Sicily that tastes amazing, but also their fish that is caught right off the coast. While in Catania, why not try this delicious dish of spaghetti and sea urchins? While it seems simple, this dish actually takes a long time to prepare and it takes about 15 sea urchins to create the flavor for just one portion of spaghetti!

5. Cassata Siciliana

Ideal for those with a serious sweet tooth, this sponge cake is soaked in liquor, and its slices layered with sweet ricotta. The entire thing is then slathered with delicious almond paste and covered in icing. The cassata siciliana is studded with goodies such as candied fruits. Just imagining this cake is enough to give you a wild sugar rush.

Food in Sicily has its own unique taste thanks to the incredibly fertile soil on which it’s grown, as well as the traditional methods of preparing and serving it. On your next trip to Sicily, use our guide to taste your way through this extraordinary city.

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