Arancine originated in 10th-century in Sicily under the Arab rule. In the cities of Palermo and Trapani in Sicily, arancine are a traditional food for the feast of Santa Lucia on 13th December when bread and pasta are not eaten. Today, with the increasing popularity of this food, arancine are found all year round at most Sicilian food outlets, particularly in Palermo, Messina and Catania. The dish is often made using rice from left-over risotto.
Arancino or arancina? A really thorny argument
The solution to this dilemma is not simple and it has involved fine linguists, passionate cooks and many gourmands for centuries.
It’s not just a linguistic discussion, it’s a real struggle between the Sicily’s west and east coast. And the captains of these two “teams” are Palermo on a side, and Catania on the other. This is because:
- In Palermo it’s called arancina
- In Catania (and Messina) it’s called arancino
It’s all. None of the two factions will never surrender. It’s a matter of principle, and it’s so ancient that no one remembers the origin of the name, but everyone keeps maintaining his thesis.
Advancing the same motivation, but seen from two different points of view:
- Obviously it’s called arancina, because it hails from the fruit of the orange three. Orange (Arancia in Italian), which is female.
- No, it’s called arancino because it has to differentiate from the name of the fruit.
The Two Sicilies (oriental and occidental) are resolute.
And the poor tourist how should say it, an arancino or an arancina? Well, you’d probably do better if you call them arancine in the west side and arancini in the east side. So that you won’t offend anyone and you’ll taste of the most typical Sicilian style flavor
Despite the dispute, everyone agrees on how good this symbol of Sicilian street food is. Perfectly crispy, with its hot filling, the arancino or arancina – which ever you prefer – is never contested.
SicilyAmo is a Sicilian Pastry Shop in the heart of London.
It has been recently founded but it comes from several years of experience, passion and tradition.
Visit us and taste:
- Our masterpieces: Mr Cannolo and Mrs Arancina
- Breakfast deal: Homemade croissants and delicious hot drinks
-Sicilian cakes and pastries
-Tasty lunch options
- Italian-style afternoon tea
We look forward to welcoming you at SicilyAmo!
187 Tottenham Court Rd, Fitzrovia, London, W1T 7PQ
Phone: 020 7637 5559
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