Looking for authentic Sicilian food? Then it’s got to be Sicilian NQ
Here are our recommendations – tried, tasted and adored by the Confidential team
WE love Sicilian NQ. It’s friendly, it’s unpretentious, it has great cocktails but most importantly the food is absolutely top notch.
These are some of the dishes that we love.
"Pistachio is our favourite grown-up flavour right now"
You can’t go to Sicilian NQ without trying the arancini – they’re famed for it. Our fave is the arancino al burro. It’s a giant globe of glory, stuffed with prosciutto cotto and melted oozy fontina cheese, sitting resplendently in a pool of basil pesto sauce. A bottle of wine and an arancino al burro and, for a moment, all is right with the world.
Don’t knock the classics. Lasagne is a firm favourite for a reason and Sicilian NQ’s is a knockout. Generous and comforting, it’s gooey, cheesy and gloriously rich with a slow-cooked ragù that really delivers on flavour.
We love pasta as much as anyone but Bolognese with gnocchi is definitely our thing. Less scary to eat in public than spaghetti for a start. And there’s something so satisfying about those little potato dumplings coated in a deep, meaty sauce. It’s the perfect dish for autumn.
Pistachio is our favourite grown-up flavour right now. It’s a gorgeous colour and it lends everything an air of class that might not really be true but hey, we’ll take it. Pistachio ice-cream, very cosmopolitan, I’ll have two scoops please. A massive slab of pistachio cake, how sophisticated. Yes please. In fact, there’s an ever-changing selection of traditional Sicilian cakes. Who knows what will be our new flavour of the month?
Also don’t miss Sicilian specialities like the Palermitan Panelle and the spicy girasole – vegan delicacies you just have to try.
And we can’t write about Sicilian NQ without reminding you about their lovely range of dessert drinks like the very special cocktails and the liquid gelato liqueurs or their Sicilian Cannolo puds.
Choosing is difficult when there’s this much temptation but we’ve done our best to point you in the right direction.