Regional Italian Home Cooking:
influence of the Ancient Greeks can be found here: Dionysus has been said
to have introduced wine to the region. The Romans later conquered the
island and introduced lavish dishes based on goose.
The Byzantines introduced sweet and sour flavors while during the 10th
and 11th centuries the Arabs brought apricots, sugar, citrus, sweet
melons, rice, saffron, raisins, nutmeg, clove, black pepper, and cinnamon
which are all still seen in the cuisine today.
The Normans and Hohenstaufens introduced a fondness for meat dishes.
The Spanish introduced numerous items from the New World including cocoa,
maize, turkey, tomatoes and other produce items.
Tuna, sea bream, sea bass, cuttlefish, swordfish and other seafood are
a part of the Sicilian cuisine.
List of dishes unique to Sicily