Arancini, fried calzones, rice crispelle…
They are as famous as the cannoli and people are “crazy” for them (as Montalbano, the Inspector of the TV series known around the world): we are talking about arancini, Sicilian street food par excellence, almost a symbol of identity. A fried rice ball with a crunchy crust and many differents versions to discover: the traditional with ragout and saffron, the one with butter and peas or with a pistachio cream, the Catanese version with fried eggplants and basil.
The arancino, like the whole Sicilian cuisine, is also culture and history: in our cooking classes discover all about its Arab origins, the rice fields that many centuries ago were a pillar the economy of the island, the Benedictine monks of St. Nichola l’Arena who were crazy about them!
Sicilian street food is not just about arancini, but there are many different recipes, such as Siciliane (fried calzoni stuffed with tuma cheese and anchovies), cipolline (puff pastry stuffed with ham and onion), crispelle (with ricotta cheese or anchovies) or rice crispelle (with orange blossom honey). Local fast food for real foodies!