Whether stopping by for breakfast, to quench a granita craving, or to sit down for proper aperitivo in the large outdoor veranda, Le Sicilianedde, Sicilian deli-meets-cafe, provides a treasure-trove of all things delicious. A recent expansion has doubled the production of already stellar typical homemade Sicilian desserts. The extended display case contains all manner of delightful cannoli, cassate cakes, pistachio and almond tarts, and cookies, all made on the premises.
At Le Sicilianedde, sourcing of prime artisan products is key, focusing attention on traditional Sicilian specialties, like rare cheeses and fine charcuterie, like Suino Nero dei Nebrodi, a variety of free roaming pig that lives in oak forests, feeds on berries and acorns, providing pork products like prosciutto, guanciale, pancetta and salami. The cheese department features rounds of Canestrato “Tumazzo”, Ragusano, Fiore Sicano, Vastedda, and the precious Tuma Persa, recently recovered by a dairy farmer who produces it exclusively for Le Sicilianedde according to an ancient recipe.
On my latest visit, I however focused my attention on the sweet side of the store: jars of organic “ape nera” bee pollen and honey products, artisan marmalade – the most striking being the assorted citrus, honeydew melon and typical “gelsi” mulberry; and display cases spilling pistachio-filled sfogliatella pastries that look like lobster tails, trayfuls of Iris pastries (Catania’s own fried krapfen fritters filled with custard), marzipan shaped into colorful fruits, Setteveli chocolate cakes and pastries filled with ricotta hailing daily from Caltanissetta, drool-worthy cassata and probably the best cannoli north of the Messina Strait.
Le Sicilianedde | Bars, Coffee & tea, Shopping, Snacks
Viale Parioli 35 | +390680693080
07:00 – 22:00 daily