Every recipe tells a story: the Sfincione

Every recipe tells a story: the Sfincione

*Every recipe tells a story*
Last night in Palermo Sicilians had a “Sficione” (pictured) for dinner: it is a Sicilian pizza!

It is traditionally cooked on the 7th and on the 8th December, on the occasion of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary.

The Sfincione is one of the most loved streetfood in Sicily. Its thick dough is like a sponge (“spongia” in Latin, “isfang” in Arabic = sfincione) and it has tomato, onions, achioves and caciocavallo cheese. The recipe was invented by nuns in the monastery of Saint Vito (just behind the Teatro Massimo) and at that time it was without tomatoes. A “white” version of the focaccia is still prepared in the village of Bagheria. Delicious!

In our forthcoming restaurant in Panton Street you’ll find the traditional Sfincione, prepared by our chef Enzo Oliveri The Sicilian Chef who is a super-experienced baker 🙂


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