Catania, located on the east coast of Sicily, is the seventh largest city in Italy. Although historically Catania has been ravaged by volcanic eruptions and foreign invasions, Catania is a favorite spot for tourists and food lovers alike. It is a city where a wonderful mixture of Roman, Greek, Arab and Spanish culture and cuisine take place.
Once you have decided to explore Catania or even bought your tickets, get ready for a culture rich experience of your life. You can get car rental in Catania airport and start the experience just after landing.
Top 5 Must-Try Dishes in Catania
If it is your first visit to Sicilia and you are not familiar with Sicilian cuisine, you should try the Caponata, a sort of a warm salad. With eggplant being the main ingredient, it is a mixture of various other items, such as olives, onions, pine nuts, and celery. The fried eggplant and celery are seasoned with sweetened vinegar and/or tomato sauce. It is served warm usually with capers in a sweet and sour sauce. A recommended place to try this dish is Ii Quarticciolo, a cute and lovely family restaurant.
Pasta alla Norma
Based on testimonials of Muhammad Al Idrisi, an Arab geographer of the 12th century, Catania is one of the oldest places where paste was served. In addition, Pasta alla Norm is a famous pasta dish, which originally was created in Catania. So should definitely try it once you are in Catania. This pasts dish is cooked with sautéed eggplant, tomato sauce, basil, and ricotta salata cheese. You can get this dish almost everywhere in Catania, but if you feel like having a traditional homemade pasta, head to NuovaTrattoria del Forestiero. You will feel there like a family member, rather than a tourist.
Arancini is the most famous of all foods in Catania. Fried rice balls filled with various ingredients can be found in any street market. The stuffing can be various combinations of meat, mozzarella, spinach or even eggplants. To have these delicious fried rice balls, visit any street market and you will discover a new version of this meal at every stop.
The fast food version of Sicily is grilled meat. It has become typical food since it is the simplest and easiest way to cook meat. The Sicilians take pride in their grilled meat specialties. They call it “arrusti e mangia”. Stroll down via Plebiscito and you can try a variety of different meat and styles. Make sure you try the horsemeat. It is among the favorites.
Do you want to try something sweet? Granita is the perfect sweet dish for you. It is a semi-frozen dessert made of water, sugar, and different flavorings ranging from all kinds of fruits, almond, coffee, etc. Italians usually serve and consume it with brioche. You can find Granita almost in all menus of the restaurants in the city and Italy as well. Make sure to visit CioccolatoCaffè for an awesome Granita with spectacular scenery.
If you are looking for the best variety of food, Catania must be in your top ten places to visit for sure. With an amazing blend of culture and history, this place is highly recommended for all foodies. Do not forget to try the wines while you are there.