On the East coast of Sicily sits the ancient port city of Catania. One of its most famous residents was the opera composer, Vincenzo Bellini – the creator of some of the most beloved bel canto operas.
Catania is also known for probably one of the most famous Sicilian dishes – Pasta alla Norma. A simple dish made with pasta, tomotes, eggplant, ricotta cheese, basil and of course, Sicilian olive oil.
The story goes that Bellini loved the dish so much, it was eventually named after his most famous opera, Norma.
If you are looking for one of the iconic dishes of the Sicilian cuisine, look no further than Pasta alla Norma.
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