The cuisine of the province of Messina is no doubt been influenced by various historical events followed one another on the island: Greeks, Arabs, Normans. The main ingredient is fish, especially swordfish at the base of many dishes, cooked with onion, celery, green olives and tomato sauce. Among the first dishes there are the dough “ncasciata”, cooked with beef, sausage, eggplant, cheese, eggs, tomatoes, garlic salt and pepper and the soups with vegetables, fennel, borage, seasoned with olive oil or fish with shellfish and blueberries (also present in the risotto or the baked spaghetti). Other inevitable classics dishes are the caponata, eggplant parmigiana, potato omelette and the “Maccu” tasty dish with dried beans that become, after a long cooking, a soft puree. As for cheeses very good are canestrato, version sweet or spicy, pecorino, provolone and ricotta. Among the desserts, there are classics like Sicilian cannoli, cassata, almond paste, marzipan fruits and pignolata; other specialties are the typical “nzuddi”, biscuits with almonds and honey. To accompany the meals there are DOC wines of Etna and liquors made from citrus, not forgetting the famous Malvasia di Lipari.