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Pani cunzatu
Traditional Recipes

Pani cunzatu

Pani cunzatu

Sicily is home to some of the simplest yet tastiest Italian delights. And pani cunzatu is definitely one of those. Originally known as the poor man’s bread of disgrace, it has become the perfect canvas for a bit more abundance and can be turned into a true masterpiece! When times were tough, people used to liven up stale bread with only a touch of cheap, everyday ingredients. Options are pretty much limitless, but we chose to use fresh, ruby-red tomatoes as well as fragrant herbs, and delicate white Sicilian anchovy filets for a burst of freshness. Dig in!

Preparation 10 min
Portions 4-6



  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Cut the bread into half lengthwise.
  3. Drizzle each half with olive oil.
  4. Line each half with tomatoes, then anchovies.
  5. Season lightly with salt and oregano.
  6. Add shavings of pecorino to each half.
  7. Close the halves to make a sandwich.
  8. Place on a baking sheet and warm in the oven, 3-5 minutes.
  9. Slice and serve. Buon appetito!