Felice’s Fried Black Olives

Ulivi fritti

Preparation info
  • Serves

    6 to 8

    • Difficulty


Appears in
Sicilian Feasts

By Giovanna Bellia La Marca

Published 2023

  • About

My father, Felice Bellia, was a fine cook, and this is one of his recipes. The olives are delicious, and so is a piece of bread dipped in its juices!


  • 4 cloves garlic
  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • ½ pound


Peel the garlic, slice it thinly lengthwise, and fry in the oil until crisp but not burned. Remove and set aside. Add the olives and the fennel seeds to the same pan, lower the heat, and shake the pan for about 1 minute. Holding a cover over the pan, add the vinegar and quickly set the cover on the pan to prevent splashing. Shake the pan for another 30 seconds, and turn off the heat. Place the