Sfincione: Sicilian Pizza


Sfincione is one of the typical dishes on the streets of Palermo. The base is a high, risen, soft pizza dough; after all, some people call sfincione Sicilian pizza. The dough is spread with a mixture of tomatoes, onions, anchovies, and oregano and baked in an oven or stove.

Sfincione
Sfincione

Sfincione is literally a symbol of street food in Palermo. On the streets of Palermo, you can find small stands with vendors who offer customers only sfincione. They have a hot plate at the stand, on which they heat individual pieces from both sides. Before serving, the sfincione is generously drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with oregano.

Sfincione seller
Sfincione seller

I treated myself to sfincione in Palermo at this small stand near the historic del Capo market. The dough was beautifully soft, the tomato mixture was strong, but most importantly – the bottom and partially the top part were wonderfully crispy, even slightly burnt. This sfincione shot me to heaven. I immediately remembered the focaccia barese from Magda bakery, which I personally consider the best I have ever eaten.

One huge portion of sfincione captured in the picture cost only 1 Euro. If you are in Palermo and have the opportunity to taste only one local street food, then I would advocate for it to be sfincione.

Bon appetit!

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