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Starters & Soups

Fiori di Zucchine Ripiene (Filled Zucchini Blossoms)
Fritelle di Cardone (Cardoon Fritters)
Lenticchie Stufate (Stewed Lentils)
Cozze Gratinate (Gratin of Mussels)
Sicilian Pumpkin Soup (Pizzuliati)
Zucchini Blossoms-Baked Mini Fittate

Mains & Side Dishes

Baccala con Peperoni Cruschi (Salt Cod with Crispy Peppers)
Baccala con le Patate e Olive (Salt Cod with Potatoes and Olives)
Baked Gnudi in Napoletana Sauce
Calamari Ripieni al Sugo (Stuffed Squid)
Chestnut & Mushroom Ravioli
Cicoria e Pane Cotto (Cooked Bread with Chicory)
Coniglio alla Cacciatore (Rabbit alla Cacciatore)
Crocchette di Patate e Cicoria (Potato & Chicory Croquettes)
Eggs in Tomato & Capsicum Sauce
Fritelle di Cardone (Cardoon Fritters)
Lamb Sausage Rolls
Orecchiette (Recchietelle)
Parmigiana di Zucchine (Zucchini Parmigiana)
Persimmon, Fennel & Pomegranate Salad
Pasta Mollicata (Pasta- with Breadcrumbs)
Pane Cotto e Cicoria (Cooked Bread with Chicory)
Polpettone al Sugo (Filled Meatloaf in Sauce)
Ragu' di Coniglio (Rabbit Ragu')
Stuffed Artichokes

Cakes, Tarts, Biscuits & Sweets

Cassatelle Siciliane
Castagnole di Carnevale (Sweet Dough Balls)
Ciambelline al Vincotto e Anice (Ring Biscuits with Vincotto & Aniseed
Ciascuni (Sicilian Fig & Nut Dolcetti)
Chocolate Hazelnut Biscuits
Chiacchiere (Crostoli or Sweet Fried Pastry)
Chiacchiere Ripiene (Fried Pastry filled with Quince)
Crostatine di Albicocche (Apricot Tartlettes)
Crostata di Cotogna (Quince Tart)
Crostata di Prugne (Plum Jam Tart)
Crostata di Ricotta e Mandarini (Ricotta & Mandarin Tart)
Frittole (Sweet Apple Fritters)
La Giuggiulena (Sicilian Almond & Sesame Brittle)
Lagana Chiapputa (Pasta with Vin cotto)
Lemon & Polenta Tea Cakes
Lemon Rosemary Syrup Cake
Limoncello & Torta di Mele
Limoncetti (Almond & Limoncello Dolcetti)
Pan-di-Spagna (Sponge Cake)
Panzerotti / Tortelli di Castagne e Cioccolato (Chestnut & Chocolate filled Morsels)
Panzerotti / Tortelli di Ceci (Chickpeas, Chocolate & Vincotto filled Morsels)
Pastiera Napoletana (Neapolitan Easter Wheat Pie)
Sanguinacchio Dolce (Italian Blood Pudding)
Savoiardi (Sponge Fingers)
Spiced Plum & Hazelnut Upside-down Cake
Torta di Albicocche (Apricot & Almond Tea Cake)
Torta di Mela e Cotogna (Apple & Quince Tart)
Torta di Cachi e Noci (Persimmon & Walnut Cake)
Taralli con Finocchio (Savoury Fennel Biscuits)
Taralli all'Uovo

Preserves, Conserves & Sauces

Bottled Apricots
Conserva di Pomodoro (Tomato Conserve & More!)
Cotogna & Vin Cotto (Quice Paste with Vin Cotto) Marmellata di Albicocche (Apricot Jam)

Marmellata di Fichi d'India (Prickly Pear Jam)

Marmellata di Mandarini (Mandarin Marmalade) 
Marmellata di Prugne (Plum Jam)
Mela Cotogna & Cotognata (Quince Paste)
Melanzane sott'Olio (Preserved Eggplants) 
Salsa Agresto

Ice-creams & Sorbets

Persimmon, Orange & Coconut Milk Ice-cream
Semifreddo al Vincotto
Sorbetto di Cigliege e Basilico (Cherry & Basil Sorbet)


Salsicce e Salame and a Capollo Too!

Aperitives & Digestives

Limoncello (Lemon Liqueur)

Bread, Focaccia & Pizza

Pizzette Montanare (Fried Pizzette)
Rosette di Pane (Rosette Bread Rolls)
Scacce con le Mulinciane (Sicilian Pies with Eggplant)
Sicilian Pies
Sourdough Bread & Starter


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