2. Catania: Street Food Guided Walking Tour
Join our street food tour of Catania! A unique experience that will immerse you in the local culture and history of the city. The local cuisine is influenced by two fundamental elements: the beautiful sun-kissed Mediterranean sea that warms the Sicilian lands and the majestic Mount Etna, Europe's most active volcano. The combination of these two factors makes Catania's gastronomic offer incredibly lively. The sale of take-away food in Catania stems from the encounter of the various peoples and cultures that have lived in the city over time: Greeks, Latins, Spanish, Jews and Arabs to name but a few. Each people has introduced its own gastronomic customs into the Sicilian tradition, sharing in the birth of today's delicious, crispy and lively dishes, often prepared in plain sight by the skilful hands of local experts. With our Catania street food tour you can sample the best of Sicilian street food, walking through the noisy and colourful streets of the historic centre, accompanied by a local gastronomic expert. With us you'll have a chance to taste: - Arancini: World-famous Arancini consist of a ball of rice stuffed with a variety of ingredients (meat, cooked ham, spinach, pistachios, aubergines and more) and then fried as tradition dictates. - Sicilian Caponata: This is a mixture of fried vegetables (mostly aubergines), seasoned with tomato sauce, celery, onion, olives, capers, sugar and vinegar. There are numerous variations of it, as it is widespread throughout the Mediterranean Sea. Caponata is generally used today as a side dish or hors d'oeuvre, but since the 18th century it has been a main course. - Fried fish cone: A delicious cone filled with various types of fried fish, caught that day! - Catanese cipollina: A Sicilian rustic pastry made of puff pastry, filled with fried onions, cooked ham and stringy cheese. A classic piece of Catanese rotisserie, which you will love from the first bite. A crispy, flaky shell that encloses a warm, stringy, sweet filling inside. - Cartocciata: From Catania is a stuffed, fragrant and flavourful rustic pastry. A Sicilian rotisserie speciality, it is similar to a small baked calzone, from which it differs due to its higher and softer dough. - Sicilian Cannoli: The wafer, traditionally moulded around a hot metal bar, is filled with a sweet and creamy preparation made with ricotta cheese, candied fruit, crunchy pistachios or dark chocolate chips. An explosion of taste and colour! You can find the recipe here. - Sicilian Granita: Perfect for relaxing and cooling down on hot summer afternoons. It is served in a glass and is ideal to end a rich meal on a high note. Fresh fruit, sugar and ice are the necessary ingredients - simple, but incredibly tasty!