The pane with la milza or’U pani c’a meusa is a popular street food in Sicily. It can be eaten for lunch or dinner, and is often served at receptions buffets.
This dish is believed to have originated in the Middle Ages. The Palermo Jews were a butcher and refused to accept any compensation for their work. They were permitted to take home the meat of the butchered animals to reward themselves. Then they boiled and fried the spleen and lung and made sandwich fillings that they sold to the local gentiles. This tradition is still being carried out by the Palermitan caciottari, a street food vendor who sells cheese.
Palermo’s Immaculate Conception feast (December 7) is a must. It’s a tradition to have it at breakast on the party day.