Back in 2001 I went to Sicily with my parents. When visiting Taormina, one of my favorite places in the world, we went to eat at a restaurant called Granduca. Along with the beautiful view of Giardini-Naxos down below, Granduca served pizza and some Sicilian dishes. My father got very excited when he saw Sarde a Beccafico on the menu. I asked him what it was and he said it was a Sicilian specialty, stuffed sardines. He was surprised when I told him that I love Sardines. We ordered them and I was not disappointed. They were so good with that sweet and savory stuffing.
When I went back to Italy with my wife Sandy in 2005, and we hit Sicily, I told her we had to go to Granduca for the view and the Sarde a Beccafico. After that trip I promised Sandy I was going to try making them at home. Well, it took me 14 years to actually follow through with that promise, but here they are! It was definitely worth the wait!