by Great Italian Chefs 1 August 2018

This magnificent Italian island is one of the most culturally diverse places in the country, where North Africa meets Europe and volcanic mountains meet the Mediterranean Sea – resulting in dishes that combine the best of both continents.

Great Italian Chefs is a team of passionate food-lovers dedicated to bringing you the latest news, views and reviews from the gastronomic mecca that is Italy.

Great Italian Chefs is a team of food lovers dedicated to bringing you the latest news, views and reviews from the gastronomic mecca that is Italy. From Veneto and Lombardy in the north to Calabria and Sicily in the south, we celebrate the very best of this glorious cuisine and try to bring you a little bit of la dolce vita wherever you are.

Sicily is a very special place. As the largest of Italy’s islands, it’s certainly got its own feel and culture – ask someone who grew up there if they’re Italian, and they’ll usually say, ‘no, sono Siciliano!’ With ancient customs and traditions famous the world over, the locals are fiercely proud of their heritage, and that makes visiting Sicily a unique and magical experience.

For lovers of good food, Sicily is a must-visit. Walk around the cities of Palermo, Catania or Messina whilst eating deep-fried arancini or satisfy your sweet tooth with some freshly made cannoli. Pasta comes served alla norma, inspired by Mount Etna with the most flavourful aubergines stirred into a tomato sauce alongside plenty of basil and ricotta, or con le sarde, with the island’s incredible sardines put centre stage. It’s also home to some of the world’s best pistachios, harvested every two years in Bronte, while ingredients such as pine nuts and raisins are a common sight thanks to the island’s North African connection.

With a history and culture that would take a lifetime to discover, architecture that’s unlike anything on the mainland and some of the best examples of cucina povera in the whole country, Sicily is an incredible destination for anyone looking for a holiday rich in good food, good wine and good culture. Read on to get a proper taste of Sicily and all its culinary treasures.

Sicily: the complete guide

Want to get a good grounding in the basics of Sicilian cuisine? Take a look at our introduction to this island's beautiful food and drink.


Sicilian wine

Get to know more about the grapes, producers and bottles that best represent Sicily's unique wine culture, from rich reds and whites grown on the slopes of Mount Etna to the incredible sweet wines made from sun-dried grapes.

Sweet Sicily

The treasure of Bronte

Every two years in the Sicilian region of Bronte, the world's best pistachios are harvested and sent all over the world. But the best of the best stay on the island. Take a look at our photo story of these beautiful little nuts being taken from the tree, and see what they're turned into.

An ode to aubergine

Africa calling

The reason Sicily has such a unique food culture is due to North Africa being just a short boat ride away. See how ingredients like pine nuts and raisins from the continent have shaped the island's cuisine and discover some of the delicious dishes this clash of cultures created.

Pesce, pesce!

Sicily's answer to ceviche

With such fresh fish landed daily, it's no wonder Sicilians love eating it raw just as much as they do cooked. Read more about Sicily's love affair with fish and seafood and what to expect if you're visiting the island.

A taste of sunshine

Want to eat breakfast like they do in Sicily? Check out these recipes for lemon and coffee granita with brioche – a very refreshing way to start the day.

Street smarts

Sicily's must-try dishes

In a rush? Check out Sicily's ten most iconic dishes, from gambero rosso to pesto Trapanese.

Flavours of Sicily

The island of capers

The best capers in the world come from Pantelleria, a small, remote Italian island far off the Sicilian coast. Find out why and see the beauty of the island for yourself.

The chefs of Sicily

Ciccio Sultano

Accursio Craparo

Pino Cuttaia