Caciù All’argentiera

Fried Cheese, Silversmith’s Style

Preparation info
  • Serves

    4 to 6

    • Difficulty


Appears in

By Joyce Goldstein

Published 2001

  • About

Argentiera refers to the apocryphal silversmith who prepares this dish. The title is, of course, ironic, because when people are poor, they cannot afford meat and instead have to fry cheese. The dish is a specialty of Palermo and resembles Greek saganaki. Given the crosscultural food exchange throughout the Mediterranean due to colonization and conquest, it is likely that the Greeks introduced this notion of fried cheese to the Sicilians. Caciocavallo (caciù) and provolone are ideal cheeses