Sicilian recipes: how to make the perfect ‘sfincione’

What is sfincione?

Sfincione is a spongy deep pan Sicilian pizza topped with tomato, onions, caciocavallo cheese, anchovies and breadcrumbs. It’s a traditional recipe from Palermo, and one of the most delicious street foods you can find in Sicily.

Sfincione

Sfincione – photo by Rino Porroveccho

Like many old traditional recipes, its origins are unclear – what we do know is that its name may come from the Latin spongia or Greek σπόγγος (both meaning ‘sponge’) or the Arabic sfang, which is a soft sweet fritter.

If you visit Palermo, you won’t have to go very far to find it – they sell it in most bakeries and rosticcerie, as well as in special little vans that roam around the city centre. They look just like this:

Sfincione

U’ sfincionaro – photo by fmd40

How to make sfincione at home

Here’s my mum’s very own recipe, brought to you by my brother Pietro.

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