As the largest region in Italy, Sicily has a lot going for it when it comes to signature dishes. The island is known for its particularly volcanic and fertile soil, which along with a Mediterranean climate, provides the perfect growing conditions for citrus fruits, vegetables like peppers and eggplants, and of course, grapes.
If you’re not a big fan of heavier, heartier flavours then Sicily should be top of your list of the best places to visit in Italy for food. With fresh seafood, sun-soaked vegetables, creamy cheese like ricotta and lighter grains like rice and couscous all featuring heavily in local cooking, Sicilian food has a distinct edge that separates it from more traditional Italian dishes.
Desert is also a much bigger deal in Sicily than it is in other regions, so if you’ve got a sweet tooth then it’s one of the best places to eat in Italy. The most famous sweet treat from the island is probably cannoli – a thin tube of fried pastry that is stuffed with creamy ricotta and other sweet ingredients.
We offer an ‘8-day Wine and Food Tour of Sicily’ if you’d like a holiday dedicated to discovering the unique flavours of this beautiful island region.