Antipasti with Olives   

(“Antipasti di Olive”)  


Olives are produced all over Sicily. In fact, Sicily produces such a large amount of olives that it accounts for over 80% of the olive oil manufactured in Italy. The olives grown in Catania are colossal, and the production is mostly for consumption in salads, as an appetizer or stuffed with roasted red pepper and capers. 




Here are a few tasty antipasti, easy and fast to make. 



Black Olive Salad, Musco Style
Olive Nere Condite - Alivi Cunzati alla Musco


Angelo Musco, after whom this recipe is named, was a Sicilian comedian, very famous before II World War.  

 Olives and olive oil



·       1 lb black olives rinsed 

·       2 cloves of garlic, whole 

·       Zest of 1 orange 

·       Zest of 1 lemon 

·       Juice of 1 lemon 

·       1 oz anise seeds 

·       ½ cup olive oil 

·       Black pepper and red crushed pepper to taste 





PeperoncinoGarlic   Lemons


Mix all ingredients, and after a few hours, serve at room temperature. 







Fried Black Olives
       Olive Nere Fritte - Alive Fritte 



·        1 lb salted black olives, rinsed and placed in a colander  

·        2 cloves crushed garlic  

·        3 tablespoons vinegar  

·        ½ cup olive oil  

·        ½ teaspoon oregano  




Pat olives dry with paper towels or a clean kitchen towel. Place olives, garlic and oil in a large frying pan and sauté over medium heat for about 5 minutes.  

Remove from heat and mix in the vinegar. 

Serve hot or cold and garnish with the oregano. 








Green Olive Salad
Olive Verdi Schiacciate – Alivi Bianchi Cunzati         




·        1 lb olives, rinsed and cracked to eliminate the pits 

·        1 cup diced celery  

·        2 cloves crushed garlic  

·        ½ cup olive oil  

·        3 tablespoons vinegar  

·        Black pepper, red crushed pepper, and oregano to taste  

·        Plenty of chopped parsley  

·        Sliced red onions for extra zest  


Crackled Green Olives 




Mix all ingredients, and if possible, let stand a few hours to let the taste of the various ingredients marinate.  

Green Olives



In Syracuse the Olive Ammaccate are made with crackled green olives, red crushed pepper, garlic, olive oil and crushed fennel seeds. 






Black Olive Salad
Olive Nere Condite – “Alivi Nivuri Cunzati 



  • 1 lb black olives, rinsed   
  • 2 cloves garlic, diced   
  • ½ cup olive oil    
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar   
  • Black pepper, red crushed pepper and oregano to taste  





Mix all ingredients and serve at room temperature.  



You can add sliced red onions and /or roasted peppers.