Sicily’s Hot Table

If when in Sicily you are on the go and looking for something hearty to eat, stop into a “tavola calda” or rosticceria (Literally, “hot table” meaning cafeteria or rotisserie). There you will find “Pezzi di rosticceria” or according to my cousin Filippo, “Pezzi” for short. Pezzi (pieces) consist of pizzette (small pizzas), calzoni (pictured…

Warm Sfincione

Warm sfincione, or “sfinciuni” in Sicilian, served directly from the street vendor is a real treat. Palermo-style (There are different recipes in each town.) is a flat bread with a sauce of tomatoes, anchovies, and Caciocavallo cheese baked into it with some oregono and breadcrumbs sprinkled on top. This one has a tomato slice baked…

Where is everybody?

At lunchtime, which is between roughly 1 PM and 4 PM, Sicily’s streets empty out–especially on Sundays. The practice of closing-up shops and offices at mid-day is alive and well. Residents and workers head home or out to restaurants to enjoy lunch and a nap (and to avoid the hottest part of the day), and…

Arancina di Spinaci

Arancine have been gaining popularity outside of Sicily in recent years. But let’s be clear: they are from Sicily. Also, understand that they are “arancine” or one is an “arancina.” You’ll find in restaurants in the US they are often mis-named “arancini.” Arancini (plural with an -i) are little oranges (“Arancio,” with an -o, is…

Palermo’s Sfincione

Palermo’s street food is legendary, and a favorite, sfincione, or sfinciuni in Sicilian, looks like pizza, but is not! It’s a flat bread with a sauce of tomatoes, anchovies, and Caciocavallo cheese baked into it with some oregono and breadcrumbs sprinkled on top. #sicily #sicily_travel #sicilia #sicily_tourism #palermo #italy #italia #sfincione #pizza #streetfood #lunch