Chickpea Soup

Pasta che’ ciciri

Preparation info
  • Serves

    4 to 6

    • Difficulty


Appears in
Sicilian Feasts

By Giovanna Bellia La Marca

Published 2023

  • About

In 1282, during the violent revolt known as the Sicilian Vespers (immortalized by composer Giuseppe Verdi in his opera I Vespri Siciliani), the French, who were the oppressors, were tested by their pronunciation of ciciri. If a person could not pronounce the word as a Sicilian native would by rolling the “r,” which the French were not able to do, that person became the next victim. The power of words!