In the various bars to be found throughout the island, even in the smallest villages, other than a stop for the "obligatory" espresso coffee you will have an opportunity to sample one of the many savoury delights on offer from behind the counter. You really must try some of the most famous of these specialities such as arancina (or arancino) fritta with rice and cheese or meat, calzoni fritti (fried) or al forno (baked) with prosciuto ham and cheese, "ravazzata" fritta with meat, spiedino fritto with meat, "rizzuola" fritta with meat and sfoglia con carne also with meat. Traditional sweet delicacies worthy of mention include ciambella fritta (a circular fried doughnut covered in sugar), "graffe" fritte with sugar and sfoglie and panzerotti with sweet ricotta cheese in addition to a dizzying array of biscotti (biscuits) and pasticcini (small cakes).
The list of Sicilian products recognized by the Slow Food Movement includes:
asino di Ragusa, cappero di Salina (capers from Salina), lenticchia di Ustica (lentils from Ustica), fagiolo “a badda” di Polizzi Generosa (beans from Polizzi Generosa), fava di Leonforte (beans from Leonforte), formaggio maiorchino (maiorchino cheese), mandarino di Ciaculli (mandarins from Ciaculli), mandorle di Noto (almonds from Noto), manna delle Madonie (manna from the Madonie), Pane nero di Castelvetrano (black bread from Castelvetrano), pesche di Leonforte (peaches from Leonforte), pistacchio di Bronte (pistachios from Bronte), provola dei Nebrodi e delle Madonie (provola cheese from the Madonie and Nebrodi mountains), susine di Monreale (plums from Monreale), formaggio Vastedda del Belice (Vastedda cheese from Belice), pane di Lentini (bread from Lentini), oliva minuta (the minuta olive), melone “porceddu” di Alcamo ("porceddu" melons from Alcamo), alice “masculina” ("masculina" anchovies), cipolla di Giarratana (the Gairratana onion), capra Girgentana (the Girgentana goat), aglio rosso di Nubìa (red garlic from Nubia), ape nera sicula (sicula black bees), “cuddridedda” di Delia (rolls of pasta from Delia), limone interdonato della costa ionica (interdonato lemons from the Ionic coast), and cioccolato di Modica (chocolate from Modica).
Sicilian wines have become extremely fashionable in recent years and their success is the result of a decision to concentrate on the production of quality wines rather than maximising quantity and producing wines suitable for sale only in bulk. Today there are numerous wineries producing red wines and sweet and dry white wines that are recognised around the world and we have dedicated a separate chapter to wine under the heading Wine Routes