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What to Eat in Sicily Under €5

What to eat in Sicily under €5?? Now that makes an enticing read, right?! In Sicily there’s a lot to eat for under €5, the possibilities being delicious and unique to the region. 

What to Eat in Sicily for Under €5

If you are on a budget, Sicilian street food is the best because it is filling and yummy. You can find it on every corner whether you are in a big city like Palermo or a smaller town like Modica or Ragusa. Let’s see what we can eat in Sicily under €5 :

1. Cannolo:

How can you travel to Sicily and not eat a Cannolo (plural = cannoli)! It’s blasphemy! I can’t even begin to describe this delicious fried treat. It’s usually filled with ricotta and is supposed to be thin and crisp! A fresh cannolo is the stuff dreams are made of….My favorite though isn’t the one filled with ricotta but a chocolate filled cannolo I once ate at Caffe dell`Arte in Modica. Every city in Sicily claims to be making the best cannolo, so decide which one’s your favorite!

COST: A cannolo usually costs between €1.5-2.5, depending on the size.

What to Eat in Sicily Under €5

Cannolo under €5

2. Brioche con Gelato:

Quite simply an ice cream sandwich for many but please god oh god don’t confuse ice cream and gelato! A brioche with gelato is a Sicilian breakfast option for many and when I was in Palermo, I too picked these for breakfast!

I couldn’t help but marvel at the number of options of gelato and variety of toppings for the brioche. But instead of getting confused, I simply ordered two flavors of gelato and added colored gems on top. Doesn’t my brioche con gelato look extremely pretty??

COST: The brioche bun costs €3,5 while a scoop of gelato costs between €2-2,5.

What to Eat in Sicily Under €5:

Brioche con Gelato Under €5:

What to Eat in Sicily Under €5:

Gelato under €5:

3. Panelle:

The mouth watering panelle is a popular option when it comes to Sicilian street food. It births from the Arabs who ruled over the island of Sicily for more than 150 years. Panelle are chickpea fritters that are usually stuffed between bread and eaten as a quick snack or an appetizer at home. These are available everywhere in Sicily.

COST: Panelle cost between €2-2,5. It could be cheaper than this too!

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Panelle Under €5

4. Arancina/o:

Another delicious snack in Sicily under €5 is the fried rice ball called arancina/o. I don’t know whether to call it an arancino or arancina because Eastern and Western Sicily are divided in thought. So I’m using both. These conical shaped rice balls are filled with ragu`and mozzarella and other delicacies that make them the most common of all Sicilian household items!

COST: Somewhere at €1 depending on where you get them from!

What to Eat in Sicily Under €5

Arancione Under €5

5. Sfincione:

A rectangular pizza with a thick crust of tomato sauce, oregano, breadcrumbs and caciocavollo cheese, sfincione is widely found in the streets of Palermo. It’s so easy to fill your stomach with this pizza and you wouldn’t mind your fingers being greasy afterwards.

COST: It is usually priced between €1 and €2.

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Sfincione Under €5

6. Granita:

Who doesn’t like an icy slush?? Sicilian granitas are famous all across Italy. I’ve tried several flavors but my favorite was peppermint. It is best to sit down and enjoy this cold treat!

COST: Depending on how and where you eat, granita costs around €3-4.

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Slush Under €5

7. Polara Antica Ricetta Soft Drink:

These Sicilian cold drinks are unique and tasty. The 1953 brand reminds of a time gone by and the flavors give a sense of high. There’s so much to choose from these vintage beauties but I highly recommend the Mandarino and Chinotto flavors.

COST: These cost anywhere between €1,80 and €2,50.

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What to Eat in Sicily Under €5

What else can you eat??

Don’t forget the staples- a cappuccino or a caffe` with a pastry/cornetto or simply a glass of wine/spritz during the aperitivo hours.

If you are traveling for a longer duration of time, you need to be mindful of where your money is going. I always bookmark links and places that can be useful for budget eats. If you loved this post, bookmark it and share it with your friends and fellow travelers!

Note: Prices could vary from time to time. 

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  • cookingwithloveandspices
    July 16, 2019 at 3:04 am

    You are making me miss Sicily. I have to go back.

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  • KareninCalabria
    July 14, 2019 at 5:42 am

    Well, now I’m starving! And I’m going to have to return to Modica to try the chocolate in the cannolo. I can only just imagine that crisp shell with the rich chocolate inside… Good call!

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    • Italophilia
      July 14, 2019 at 9:46 am

      Haha that was the aim 😉 it was so delicious ..I can still remember it as if it were yesterday xx

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  • Cindy Drover-Davidson
    July 13, 2019 at 10:27 pm

    Thanks for your post, some great ideas for yummy, inexpensive nibbles. I’m going to Sardinia in a few months and will have to remember to do some similar “research.” 😊

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    • Italophilia
      July 14, 2019 at 9:46 am

      Happy to help Cindy 🥰🥰 Where in Sardinia are you going?? Have a great trip!

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  • Margie Miklas
    July 13, 2019 at 6:18 pm

    This is a great article, Ishita! All wonderful suggestions and I especially agree about the chocolate cannolo at Caffe dell’Arte in Modica! Nothing like it!

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    • Italophilia
      July 13, 2019 at 8:06 pm

      Thank you Margie! So nice to see you here. I was so hungry while writing the post lol

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  • Darlene Foster
    July 13, 2019 at 4:41 pm

    All great suggestions. Making me hungry. xo

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    • Italophilia
      July 13, 2019 at 8:06 pm

      Haha I know, I wanted to have a cannolo so bad!!!!!! Thanks for sharing the post

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  • Francesca
    July 13, 2019 at 3:38 pm

    A very tempting post Ishita, so vibrant, capturing the colour and flavours of Sicily.

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    • Italophilia
      July 13, 2019 at 8:05 pm

      So nice to see you here, Francesca. Hope all’s well Down under. Thank you!

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  • Lorelle
    July 13, 2019 at 3:05 pm

    Can’t wait to eat these again in Sicilia.
    Have a great weekend lovely. Xx

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    • Italophilia
      July 13, 2019 at 8:05 pm

      Yay for you! 5 months for your trip. Thanks and you too xx

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  • Barbara Lewin
    July 13, 2019 at 2:11 pm

    Great post as ever. Tried most of those when I was in Sicily last year. Can confirm that all are delicious!!!! Hope all is well with you. Bxx

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    • Italophilia
      July 13, 2019 at 2:35 pm

      Aw, thanks Barbara!! I’m well and you?? When’s your next trip to Puglia. Loved all your past posts. Hope we can connect again in Italy one day.

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