Desperately seeking Sicily – in Monza

The best rice ball fritters so close to Lecco? Race car fans should be well aware of this town, famous for Formula One and the Italian Grand Prix. We’re all too glad that we live less than an hour from there, so decided to check out La Concordia. This place is a one-stop shop to get your sicilian food fix, and I say that in an almost junkie sort of fervor. That’s how badly I wanted Sicily’s famous rice ball fritters!


We picked up an assortment of things for lunch: 2 types of arancini, a prosciutto and mozzarella calzone, a slice of spinach and mozzarella pizza pie, dessert, Nero d’Avola wine and the bestest, scrumptious, most delicious melt-in-your-mouth caponata that I have EVER had in my entire life. Eggplant, onions, capers, olives, tomato, seasonings and a scant amount of celery glistening in a silky cloak of olive oil. I haven’t met a caponata that I didn’t like, but La Concordia’s version beats each and every one of them to date.


The weather over the weekend was actually warm and sunny, ideal conditions for taking lunch outside on the terrace. Today, on the other hand, is the complete opposite, and is forecasted as such for the rest of the week. So if your day is as damp and dreary as mine is right now, I hope these photos will cheer up your spirits with a wishful sigh, and a little taste, of Sicily.


Much better warmed in the oven rather than nuked in the microwave. Cone-shaped arancino filled with prosciutto and mozzarella to the left. Round-shaped arancino filled with a traditional meat ragu on the right.


The dessert that has no name! It must’ve been an off day for the guy who helped us as it was on the very tip of his tongue but went no further than that. A soft-textured cake sandwiched between puff pastry layers, held together with a layer of lemon cream on the top and what tasted like apricot jam on the bottom. Okay, but nothing stellar. I’ll go with cannoli any day.

Gastronomia/Rosticceria “La Concordia”
via Sempione, 8
20052 Monza (MI)


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