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Palermo (Sicily), Italy Cuisine | Where to Eat

Popular Local Cuisine: Sicily's food has a very long tradition reflecting its long and varied history. The influences began with Greek followed by Arabic, Norman and Spanish. The strong agricultural traditions and the poverty of the last few centuries have led to a cuisine that very creative. There are a wide variety of fruits, especially citrus, that are grown there. Blood oranges, both sweet and sour, are well-known, along with lemons and limes. Among the most typical pasta dishes is Pasta alla Norma which features fried eggplant, ricotta and basil. The tourism authorities recently put out a beautiful brochure titled, "Food in your Hands: Street Cuisine in Sicily." Many of the featured items are based on farm cuisine which made use of products that were not as valuable as other farm products. Examples are edible parts of farm animals beside the meat including organs. Of course, this is not for everyone, but if you are an adventurous eater try the pane con la mitza (bread with spleen) or frittola (lard fried connective tissues). These are available in stalls in the larger cities. The most famous street food in Sicily is more appetizing. Le Arancine is a saffron flavored rice fritter stuffed with vegetables and meat.

There is a strong wine tradition in Sicily and the quality is the result of the volcanic soil. Reds are the most popular. The most famous wine from Sicily is the fortified dessert wine, Marsala, from the city of the same name not far from Trapani in the far west. Limoncello, a lemon liqueur, is very popular.

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Photo of Blood Oranges by Allen T Chang

Cruise lines that visit Palermo: Voyages to Antiquity, Regent Seven Seas, Cunard, Holland America, Costa, MSC Cruises, Norwegian

Key Attractions: Palermo Cathedral, Martorana, Palantine Chapel, Monreale Cathedral, Marionette Museum, Capuchin Catacombs, Botanical Garden, San Vito Lo Capo, Mondello, Erice, Bagheria, Cefalu, Segesta and Selinunte

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Photo fo Pasta alla Norma by Paoletta S.