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Sicily and the Aeolian Islands are some of the most beautiful locations you will find in southern Italy. With sculpted cliffs that overlook peaceful oceans, and some spectacular volcanic formations, there is a lot to see and do in this region. Of course, any Italian holiday is not complete without sampling some of the wine or Italian food. Every region has something a little different to offer, and Sicily and the Aeolian Islands are no different.
The great thing about food in Sicily is that it takes a little bit of each culture that has inhabited the island over the centuries. While it has a lot in common with Italian food, you can also see the Greek, French, and Arab influences in each dish. When you eat in Sicily, you are tasting a little bit of the world.
Food in the Aeolian Islands is much the same, with a great deal cultures to be found in their food. A lot of the cuisine found on the island consists of fresh fish and capers, with an abundance of peppers and tomatoes that have been grown locally and are cooked seasonally.
Most of the dishes you will find in Sicily, and the Aeolian Islands are much the same. However, there are a few that are different, and that will be noted in the list of traditional dishes below.
Caponata: aubergine, capers, olives, celery, tomato sauce and olive oil (Aeolian Islands).
Arancine: rice balls, often filled with fish. (Sicilian.)
Panelle: fried chickpeas, much like polenta.
Cassatelle alla Trapanese: crescent shaped dough filled with sheep milk, ricotta, and chocolate chips.
Sicilian Cannoli: crisp shell filled with sheep milk, ricotta, chocolate chips, and candied fruit.
Anelletti: baked anelletti with provolone cheese, aubergine, and ragu.
Pane Cuzento: baked bread filled with tomatoes, cheese, and anchovies.
Insalata Pantesca: summer salad with potatoes, olives, red onion, cherry tomatoes, and fresh basil.
Wine in Sicily and the Aeolian Islands is some of the lesser known Italian wine, and it does not receive the recognition it should. They have some of the very best dessert wine available, so if you are looking for something sweet during your holidays to southern Italy, this region has you covered.
Passito wine is a rare and delicate treat. It is made by leaving ripe grapes in the sun on bamboo mats for over two weeks, allowing the sugars to concentrate before the grapes are pressed. This refreshing wine is akin to nectar. The Hauner Passito is the most famed of them all and worth sampling.
If you want a wine tour in the Aeolian Islands, you will find it difficult to get one if you are not an Italian speaker. However, if you try and contact the producers directly, you may have a little more luck. Failing a tour, you can sample many of their delicious wines at the various wine shops across Sicily and the islands.
The first Sunday of June welcome the Festival of the Capers on the island of Vulcano. August also sees the coming of the Fish Festival. During both of these events, you will find some delicious fish based dishes available from street vendors.
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