Sicilian Granita

Many Italian locals and tourists in Catania enjoy this popular refreshing drink together with the traditional Sicilian breakfast.

September 1, 2016

Granita, A Cold Sicilian Thirst-Quenching Dessert

One Sicily legend tells us that there was once a Phoenician princess named Oxiria who came to Sicily to search for her one true love.

In order to maintain her beauty, she fed on a cold mixture of Etna snow, honey, and candied citrus, similar to today’s granita. This story has been told to be the origin of the granita ever since.

Today, many Italian locals and tourists in Catania enjoy this popular refreshing drink together with the traditional Sicilian breakfast. Made out of sugar water and various flavourings the granita is a great refreshing drink that allows you to enjoy in-season fruits in ice cold form.

Where to get Delicious Granita in Sicily

In order to enjoy this unique ice cream type of dessert, you will need to locate a restaurant or bar that sells them. In Sicily almost at every corner. Cafè de Paris is a great place to eat breakfast along with your freshly made granita. If you’re feeling a little naughty, you can order pastry from their bakery to go along with your granita (the Sicilian brioche).

Or why not try Ice Café Comis where you can watch people from all walks of life pass you by as you enjoy your granita. If you don’t mind long lines, you can also get your granita at Spinella where they offer pastries and other savory meals that go best with the ice cold dessert.

Places like these are best to hang out in during the hotter days when you are craving something cold and sweet. Granita comes in different flavors and availability depending on the bar you visit. Some of the most popular flavors reflect Sicilian flavors, which include tangerine, pomegranate, peach, hazelnut, pistachio, and jasmine.

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