A Different Kind of Sandwich

One of my favorite things to eat in Sicily is panelle and cazzilli stuffed in a seasame seed bun (pictured). Panelle are flat chickpea-flour fritters made with fresh parsley, lemon juice, salt, and olive oil. Cazzilli, which is a vulgar way of saying “little penises,” are potato croquettes made with mashed potatoes, fresh parsley (or…

Cazzilli: If Panelle Had Siblings

If panelle (chickpea fritters, a specialty of Palermo) had siblings, cazzilli would be panelle’s brothers and sisters. Cazzilli are potato croquettes. They fall into the street-food category of Palermitano cuisine. You can eat them with your fingers or together with panelle, they are often paired inside a sesame seed bun sprinkled with lemon juice and…

Since 1834, Palermitani from all walks of life have savored the dishes offered by Antica Focacceria San Francesco, a 5th generation, family-run establishment in the center of Palermo. Its name is deceptive: focaccia is only one of this gastronomic hub’s specialties. I usually fill my tray with arancine, panelle, cazzilli di patate, sfinciuni, and other…