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Mon Dec 3, 2018, 10:57 PM

A Beloved Sicilian Street Food Comes Inside.

Hearty and full of flavor, sfincione is easily made at home — no finesse or screaming hot oven necessary.

'Sicily, the ancient Mediterranean island kingdom that’s now part of Italy, is a fascinating place to visit. Hints of Sicily’s past are everywhere, in the architecture, in the church interiors and in the archaeological remains. But even an earnest history-seeking traveler gets hungry. My suggestion is to head to the streets.

Palermo, the capital, is a street-food paradise, with vendors selling traditional items, like panelle (chickpea fritters) and arancini, stuffed risotto balls as big as oranges. For the adventurous, there’s pani câ meusa, a warm sandwich of beef spleen on a bun, which is much better than it sounds.

But a street food with universal appeal is sfincione, a hearty, tomatoey pizza. It is baked in a rimmed sheet pan, which allows the dough to rise to a chewy thickness.

Sfincione may have regional variations across Sicily, but the basic concept is the same: dough topped with cheap, tasty ingredients, for a filling treat that can emerge from even the most humble home kitchen. (Now, though, most people buy a slice from a street cart or bakery.)

Sfincione is not a cheesy pizza. It’s usually made with only a small amount of sharp-flavored sheep’s milk cheese, just enough to complement the other savory toppings. In this way, sfincione differs from what Americans know as a “Sicilian slice,” which, though also cut thick and square, can come loaded with cheese or other items.'>>>



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