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Let’s find out what to eat in Palermo and surroundings . As in all of Sicily, the dishes are the result of the intertwining and influence of numerous cultures and peoples who have colonized the island over the centuries. Below you will find a list of the typical products of Palermo and its surroundings, which you can try during your trip.

Street Food

The most typical food of Palermo is what you find on the street, especially at the Ballarò market.

What to eat in Palermo - Pani ca meusa, Palermo
Pani ca meusa – Popo le Chien , CC0, via Wikimedia Commons
What to eat in Palermo - Bread, panelle and crocchè, Palermo
Bread, panelle and crocchè – Dedda71 , CC BY 3.0 , via Wikimedia Commons
Sfincione, Palermo
Sfincione – Rino Porrovecchio , CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons
What to eat in Palermo - Stigghiola, Palermo
Stigghiola – Dedda 71 , CC BY 3.0 , via Wikimedia Commons
  • Arancini, here called arancine
  • Quarume, boiled veal tripe
  • Boiled corn on the cob
  • Frittola, fried veal offal
  • Bread with spleen (pani câ mèusa)
  • Bread and panelle and crocchè, a dish of Arab origin. In fact, the ancient colonizers of Sicily used to cook a flour from chickpeas over the fire with water, transforming it into a dough to be fried (panelle).
  • Rizzuole and Ravazzate. They are, respectively, the fried and baked version of a brioche stuffed with meat sauce, tomato sauce and peas. The filling therefore recalls the famous arancino, but in this case the brioche dough is used.
  • Sfincione (sfinciùni), pizza bread with tomato, onion, anchovies, oregano and caciocavallo cheese
  • Stigghiola, lamb intestines with spring onions
  • Vastedda fritta, a sweet or savory pancake

Appetizers and side dishes

  • Cardoons, broccoli and artichokes in batter, i.e. breaded and fried vegetables.
  • Mussu and carcagnòlu, boiled veal offal and served with salt and lemon
  • Salted orange and sardines salad

Typical Sicilian dishes

Here you find the typical Sicilian dishes that you can find all over the island.