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10 Things to eat in Catania and where


Catania is a magical city, a excellent starting point to start exploring eastern Sicily! Between squares, museums and incredible neighborhoods, there are so many things to do and see. And, of course, don't forget to organize a day excursion to the Etna volcano!

In addition to all this, Catania is also synonymous with good food! Immersing yourself in the Catanese food and wine culture is absolutely a must! Among the famous arancini, delicious desserts such as cannoli, fresh fish and rich first courses such as pasta alla norma, forget about your diet for a few days and enjoy every single bite!

You already have your mouth watering right? Here 10 things to eat in Catania and where!



Index

  1. Croquette
  2. Cannolo
  3. Pasta alla Norma
  4. Horse meat
  5. Spaghetti Alla Carrettiera
  6. Granita and brioche
  7. Minnuzze of Sant'Agata
  8. Olivette Di Sant'Agata
  9. Swordfish
  10. Seltz lemon and salt
  11. Where to eat in Catania: best restaurants, typical bars and street food
  12. User questions and comments

1 - Arancino

The arancino, in Catania called in the male, is without a doubt the king of Sicilian and Catania street food! Perfect to eat at any time, it will accompany your days in the city.

Surely everyone already knows it and has tasted this delicacy at least once made of rice stuffed mainly with ragù and then breaded and fried.
This is the main version of Catania, then there are many others, which vary from area to area. Also, the arancino here has one more conical shape reminiscent of the famous Etna volcano!



  • Recommended to: lunch, dinner, snack
  • Average cost: € 2,00
  • Main ingredients: rice, meat sauce

2 - Cannolo

And now let's talk about one of the most loved desserts in all of Sicily, the cannoli! This dessert may not need a lot of introduction, surely you have already eaten it and, trust me, these days in Catania you will eat a lot!

For those who may not know it, it is one crispy rolled waffle with a creamy ricotta cream filling. Excellent for breakfast and to start your day on the right foot, but they are also perfect for a snack or to end a traditional Sicilian lunch or dinner in the best possible way!

  • Recommended to: always
  • Average cost: € 2,00
  • Main ingredients: flour, eggs, sheep's milk ricotta

3 - Pasta alla Norma

If the arancino is the most famous street food and the cannoli one of the most loved desserts, this is it the most famous dish of Catania! It is dedicated, as can be understood from the name, to the work of Bellini, one of the illustrious citizens of the city.

It is a really very tasty and loaded dish, not at all light, but absolutely to try! Pasta alla Norma is in fact made up of pasta with tomato sauce, ricotta salata, some basil and fried eggplant!


  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 8,00
  • Main ingredients: pasta, tomato, fried aubergines, salted ricotta

4 - Horse meat

Catania is also famous for its horse meat! It is now a real tradition, in the city you can in fact come across several horse butchers. Other than that, in the restaurants you will really find many dishes based on this meat, prepared in all possible ways! The most famous way to taste it is via del Plebiscito, full of trattorias specializing in this type of dishes.

We absolutely recommend you to taste the meatballs and horse sausages, but also the classic steaks. Really great!


  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: main course from € 10,00
  • Main ingredients: horse meat

5 - Spaghetti alla Carrettiera

There are a typical dish from all of Eastern Sicily and what better place to taste them than in this city!
It is spaghetti seasoned with oil, raw garlic, pepper and grated pecorino. In some variations, peeled tomatoes, concentrated tomatoes or cherry tomatoes are also added.

The name carrettiera derives from the ancient carters, or those who transported goods of different nature between one city and another, such as coal and wood, agri-food products and building materials. Being always on the go, they wanted a pasta that could be prepared in a short time, with products that could be easily preserved, such as garlic and oil.


  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 8,00
  • Main ingredients: spaghetti, oil, raw garlic, pepper, grated pecorino

6 - Granita and brioche

If you are in Catania, or in Sicily in general, there is one thing you absolutely must do: breakfast with granita and brioche! It is a real institution and is the best way to start the day! If you have never tasted it, trust me, you will fall in love with it instantly.

It is a cold dessert made with water, sugar and fruit. To try absolutely try the almond granita! The pistachio, coffee and lemon ones are also very good, in short, you are really spoiled for choice.
Then try it accompanied by a Sicilian brioche, made with yeasted egg dough and with vanilla or citrus flavor. A real treat!


  • Recommended to: breakfast, snack
  • Average cost: € 4,00
  • Main ingredients: water and sugar; yeast dough with egg and aroma

7 - Minnuzze of Sant'Agata

You absolutely cannot miss this typical dessert. Sant'Agata is the patron saint of the city and is celebrated from 3 to 5 February. In this period you will find this dessert really everywhere! The name "minnuzze", which means breast, takes the typical shape of this dessert.

It is a small cassatina, with a base of sponge cake, sheep's milk ricotta and royal pasta with a small candied cherry on top. The cover is always and only strictly white.

  • Recommended to: breakfast, snack
  • Average cost: € 2,00
  • Main ingredients: flour, butter, powdered sugar, sheep's milk ricotta, dark chocolate

8 - Olivette of Sant'Agata

During the celebrations of Sant'Agata, patron saint of the city, generally in the months of January and February, this typical Catania dessert is prepared. The name olivette derives from their shape, equal to that of an olive, and are made of almond paste which is then covered with sugar and colored green. They are also flavored with aromas or liqueur.

  • Recommended to: always
  • Average cost: from € 20,00 per Kg
  • Main ingredients: almond paste, sugar

9 - Swordfish

Being overlooking the sea, the city offers many fish-based dishes, prepared with the catch of the day. So you should definitely treat yourself to a fish-based dinner!
Among all, you have to taste the swordfish, undisputed protagonist of restaurant menus and the fish market "a 'piscaria near the cathedral". A festival is also dedicated to him, which takes place in the nearby town of Acitrezza in June.

In the restaurants you will find different versions, both first and second courses based on swordfish. If you are a lover of the genre, you should definitely try it grilled and with a drizzle of oil.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: main courses from € 15,00
  • Main ingredients: swordfish

10 - Lemon seltz and salt

As a last point, we offer you not one thing to eat, but a drink, the most popular in the city! IS' made from lemon juice, sparkling water, salt and a pinch of baking soda.

Excellent for fighting the heat of the Catania summer days and for cooling off. A great diversion from the classic carbonated drink. You can find it in the numerous kiosks located in the streets of the city, a real meeting point!

  • Recommended to: always
  • Average cost: € 2,00
  • Main ingredients: lemon juice, sparkling water, salt

Where to eat in Catania: best restaurants, typical bars and street food

In Catania you really experience a journey within a journey, discovering the food and wine traditions of the city, including excellent traditional dishes, sweets and typical drinks. And, of course, there is no shortage of places to stop!

From trattorias to luxury restaurants, from places closely linked to Catania cuisine to places that experiment more and offer a more international cuisine, from restaurants where you can sit for hours to kiosks for a quick lunch tasting the local street food. In short, nothing is missing, all palates will be satisfied!
Here the best places to eat in Catania:

1 - The Tavern of the Big Tree

  • Description: located in the historic center, the restaurant is welcoming and will make you feel at home; offers traditional Sicilian dishes, pizza and excellent homemade desserts
  • specialty: frying the catch of the day
  • Average price: from € 15,00 per person
  • Address: piazza S. Domenico, 23 - Get directions / tel: 095 313674

2 - Corte dei Biscari restaurant

  • Description: located in the historic center, at the foot of Palazzo Biscari; elegant restaurant that offers traditional Catania and Sicilian fish-based dishes
  • specialty: Corte dei Biscari tasting
  • Average price: from € 30,00 per person
  • Address: via Porticello, 15 - Get directions / tel: 342 6831700

3 - Trattoria Il Corallo

  • Description: located away from the historic center, near the Gioeni Park; specializing in fish cuisine, it also offers land dishes and menus at fixed prices
  • specialty: indicates the house specialty
  • Average price: from € 20,00 per person
  • Address: via Rosso di S. Secondo, 6 - Get directions / tel: 349 3144590

4 - The Pipe

  • Description: located in the center of Catania, it is a place frequented mainly by locals; offers a huge variety of sandwiches, as well as a wide choice of fish dishes
  • specialty: sandwiches
  • Average price: from € 12,00 per person
  • Address: via Musumeci, 96 - Get directions / tel: 348 9689090

5 - Restaurant Artù Steak House and Hamburgeria

  • Description: located in the heart of the historic center, near the Ursino Castle; specialized in grilled meat, it also offers traditional Sicilian and fish-based dishes
  • specialty: grilled meat
  • Average price: from € 15,00 per person
  • Address: piazza Federico di Svevia, 96/97 - Get directions / tel: 324 6692256
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