What makes Sicily such an unforgettable place is not just the endless beaches, or the magnificence of the Etna Volcano, but also the diverse cuisine. When you arrive on the island you will quickly learn that Sicilian food represents a mix of all the cultures that have occupied the island – Greek, Spanish, French and Arabic.
The wine and olives will remind you of Greece. Rice, almonds, couscous, and various spices have the taste of Arab rule. Every culture has left its trace in Sicily, not only in art and architecture, but also in the kitchen.
Our regional menu features one of Sicily most famous dishes – Pasta alla Norma. The tasty and colorful recipe embodies all the flavors of the island: eggplant, ricotta cheese, tomatoes and basil. This incredible dish was named after the Italian composer Vincenzo Bellini’s opera, “Norma.”
Sicily is the home of Europe’s most active volcano, Mount Etna. The fertile slopes of the mountain produce olives, lemons, eggplants, pistachios, pinenuts, grapes and more. Although it may seem trivial, the mild Mediterranean climate makes a huge impact on the taste of vegetables and spices that are grown there.
From the moment you step on the island, a mix of odors will follow you wherever you go. A constant aroma of herbs and spices – rosemary, thyme, sage, nutmeg and saffron. To experience these rich flavors try our:
Funghi al Cartoccio, mushrooms roasted in parchment paper with anchovy, lemon and herbs.
Agnello con Caponata, seared lamb sirloin, served on eggplant caponata and topped with raisin-pinenut condimento.
Any meal served in Sicily would not be complete without a glass of wine! A few of barbacco’s favorite Sicilian wines are from grapes grown on the hills of Mount Etna. Have a glass of Carricante, a fresh white with a hint of sulfur, or Etna Rosso, a vibrant red with a smokey edge.
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BARBACCO REGIONAL MENU | SICILIA
RAMACCHE / Prosciutto and provolone fritters
FUNGHI AL CARTOCCIO / mushrooms roasted in parchment paper / lemon / anchovy / herbs
SALSICCIA SICILIANA / Roasted pork sausage / chili / oregano / peperonata
PASTA ALLA NORMA / short tube pasta / tomato sugo / eggplant / basil / ricotta
BUCATINI CON BROCCOLI / hollow strands / braised broccoli / anchovy / raisins / pine nuts
QUAGLIA CON MELAGRANA / quail / stuffed with pomegranate / roasted squash / sage
AGNELLO CON CAPONATA / seared lamb sirloin / eggplant caponata / raisin-pine nut condimento