Europe,  Italy,  travelnotes

Palermo: best street food

Indulge yourself in these main historical street food markets of Palermo, you can experience one of the best street food in Italy.

You can taste traditional cuisine, savoring the aromas and flavours, and the typical shout out of the merchants to attract customers. Palermo was nominated one of  the top 10 cities for street food  (Forbes) and the city attracts a lot of foodies from all over the world. It has a lot of historical markets: the most famous are those of Ballarò, the Vucciria and the Capo;

The Vucciria (deriving from Bucceria) originates from the French “Boucherie” which means butcher. In the local dialect the Bucceria, was transformed in “Vucciria”, which in Sicilian took the meaning of confusion; in fact it was used among the sellers the “abbanniata” (shout loud and chanting), to attract the attention of the visitors.

When you walk into a street food market, the first thing that will hit you is the smell of frying, from the “pane e panelle” chickpea fritter sandwiches, to the cazzilli (potato croquettes), sfincione (soft doughy pizza, with toppings of tomato, onions, anchovies and caciocavallo cheese)

But the winners are – IMHO- the arancini (crunchy fried rice balls stuffed with minced meat and peas), the most obvious legacy of 10th century Arab rule in Sicily.

Do you have a sweet tooth?

If you have a sweet tooth, you can’t miss the Cassata, which is one of the symbols of Sicily together with cannoli,  granita or the brioches col gelato (with icecream). Pistachio will drive you nuts!

Cassata is an elaborate dessert made with sponge cake (called “pan di Spagna” in Italian) moistened with liqueur and layered with ricotta cheese, covered with marzipan or almond paste and decorated with candied fruits and royal icing.

A calorie bomb for sure! But my favourite above all are cannoli: tube-shaped shells of fried pastry dough, filled with sweet, creamy, fresh ricotta cheese with pistachio granola. Yummy!

Pistachio is called the “green gold”, if you taste it you’ll agree for sure.





Where to eat the best Arancini in Palermo? Find the most mouth-watering street food places!

Crocchè.it is dedicated to Palermo street food heritage.  Search on the “Crocchè map” to find your favourite street food places. “It is not a guide, it is a collection of advices”. 

streetfood palermo food sicilian
Crocchè homepage

The Sicilian street food is so famous that Crocchè map includes spot from all over the world such as Japan, US, Australia,… mostly from Sicilian migrants who wanted to export what they are really good at and what’s in their DNA: making good food. 






smarteating app food streetfood palermo


SmartEating helps you discover the tasty world of food in Palermo.  It takes advantage of the geolocation technologies and augmented reality, customizing individual user research from its geographical position and making fun and engaging the research.

food app palermo streetfood
SmartEating app

Which sicilian street food is your favourite? Do you have any special place to eat it?

Here’s the list of the best 10 street food places in Palermo:




Want to view the full video of my Palermo get away, click here. If you are interested to immerse yourself in the atmosphere you can breath in Palermo (besides the smell of frying!) take a street tour, you won’t regret it.  Find some good reasons why in the Street art tours post.


One Comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *