Stigghiola (Turciniuna)

Product included in the national list of traditional agri-food products (PAT)

Typology PAT : Products of Gastronomy

Production area: The whole island

La stiggiola it is a typical dish of Sicilian cuisine, but it is particularly popular in Palermo, which has guts as its basic ingredient (in particular those of lamb)


Technical data sheet of the traditional agri-food product (PAT)


Area of ​​production: The whole island.

Brief description of the product: Lamb guts filled with various ingredients.

Description of the processing, conservation and maturing methods: Ingredients: lamb liver, provolone, eggs, onion, lamb guts, lamb intestine veil. Olive oil, salt, pepper, chopped parsley.

Preparation: cut the liver into strips and the onion into very thin slices, after having cleaned and washed them. Spread the intestine veil on a pastry board and place the liver, hard-boiled eggs cut into wedges, pieces of provolone, a little onion, chopped parsley, salt and pepper on top. Roll up the veil to ask for all the ingredients and wrap the guts all around (previously emptied and washed with coarse salt in running water until they become transparent). Place the "stigghiola" in a pan with the remaining onion, a little oil and a finger of water. When the water is used up, brown on all sides. Serve hot.

In some areas, such as in Palermo, the “stigghiola” is simply made with lamb's intestines seasoned with onion, parsley, salt and pepper and cooked on the grill.

Specific materials and equipment used for preparation and conditioning:  No specific equipment.

Description of the processing, storage and maturing rooms: Domestic environments and butchers. Even today in Palermo, the "stigghiola" are roasted on the grill in the streets of the city.

Elements proving that the methodologies have been practiced in a homogeneous way and according to traditional rules for a period of not less than 25 years: “Tip and serious lu spizziali, - the fasola is not salts. - Nun is salts the fasola, - the sasizza, 'a is stigghiola. - The stigghiola 'a is sasizza, - the palumma is not jizza. (The apothecary eats and sits down, - the beans are not salt. - The beans are not salt, - the sausage is not stigghiola.

- The stigghiola is not sausage, - the dove is not a snail) ".

(Song of the harvest, transcription by Serafino Amabile Guastella in Popular songs of the district of Modica, 1876).

Source Pat Cards: Sicily Region 

Card insertion: Ignazio Caloggero

Information contributions: Web, Region of Sicily

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