ABOUT THE TRADITIONAL RECIPE
Note from the Authors: When we decided to make a post about this recipe, we asked our aunts in Sicily to send us their signature recipes. Of course, we received 4 different recipes because this is how it works in Italy. Everyone has personalized the recipe, this is actually pretty funny and this is why we love arguing about food while we eat. Eventually, we chose the one also known as " Pasta con le Sarde a mare" ( Thank you, Zia Carmela, for your hint). This expression means literally " Pasta with Sardines in the sea". It is basically a metaphor to say that if you don't have fresh Sardines from the Mediterranean Sea, you can use the best alternative you can. Since the Mediterranean Sea is pretty far from here, the best alternative is Anchovies in Extra Virgin Olive oil imported from Sicily. The same happens for wild fennel and we opted for a delicious wild fennel pesto imported from Sicily as well. In this way, we are sure you are experiencing Authentic Sicilian flavors and scents.
We had very hard time to find the ingredients for the historic recipe, but when it comes to proposing a typical dish we work very hard for finding serious alternatives. Because Alternatives does not mean less authenticity, alternatives mean cultural richness.