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Sicilian Granita

Posted on May 16th, 2010, by mizzica

Days are getting warmer as we approach sumer, so today we want to talk about Sicilian granita. While you could probably find something called “granita” in different parts of Italy, the original recipe is from Sicily, and even here you can get very different versions of the same product depending on the province or the town. This is due to the different freezing techniques that are being used: the smoother types are produced in a gelato machine, while the coarser varieties are frozen with only occasional agitation and then scraped to produce separated crystals (so the granita is more similar to ice).

In our opinion, the real (!) granita si the one from the Acireale and Catania area, on the east coast of the island. This granita is smooth as a sorbet, and is normally served with a brioche (better if a warm one). It is wonderful for breakfast, but during the hot season you can enjoy it all day long. Most pasticcerie and bar will offer you quite a wide range of different tastes, from fruit (peach, lemon, strawberry, black mulberry, almond) to chocolate, pistache and coffee. For every bar you visit in Acireale, you can find a special taste: don’t miss Condorelli‘s almond, or Cipriani‘s pistache.

Granita e brioche acireale sicily

Our special advise for a great granita: try a mandorla granita with liquid, hot coffee on top and a brioche. Simply delicious.

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Sicilian Easter Doves

Posted on March 23rd, 2010, by mizzica

Easter Dove (Colomba Pasquale in Italian) is a traditional cake typical of Italy. This cake is very common during all Easter period, and in Sicily you can still find many pasticcerie producing handmade, fresh, excellent Easter Doves, with their particular shape.

Easter Dove is also known as Easter Bread, and depending on the recipe, it can have different flavours that come from the classic one. Particular flavour can be: nutella, white nutella, pistachio cream, chocolate, mandarine cream and more.

Sicilian Easter Dove

The classic Easter Dove recipe includes sugar, butter, egg, egg yolks, milk, and dried fruits like almonds.

Enjoy our selection of freshly handmade Sicilian Easter Dove at

For a classic Easter Dove recipe, try this recipe or watch the following video (in Italian).