From a butty shop to its own little bistro, William Sicilian street food is on the move


From humble beginnings in a butty shop to its own little bistro, William Sicilian street food is on the move.

First launched in 2017 by partners Carmen Andre and Claudio Morales, over the past couple of years William Sicilian has established itself as a bit of a hidden gem amongst Northern Quarter locals, gaining a reputation as the place to go for authentic Sicilian food.

Previously housed in an old school butty shop, it’s now left its Hilton Street home and has taken over space previously occupied by La Boca – a short-lived but lovely Spanish and South American-inspired tapas and pintxos bar that had been run by a couple from Manchester.

Favourite dishes amongst regulars include their ricotta cannoli and flavourful arancini, as well as their unique Sicilian-style pasta dishes and much-loved tiramisu.

Whilst much of Sicilian food is clearly Italian with lots of pastas, oils, wine and seafood to be enjoyed, it’s also very unique – something Carmen is keen to emphasise.

Her eatery’s concept is based on the “tradition and authenticity of Sicilian food and culture” and that is not going to change.

Despite the quirky nature of the original premises which, having previously been home to historical butty house Williams Sandwich shop, actually inspired the name of the business, Carmen felt it was time to move in order to grow the offering.

Inside La Boca. Photo: Wendy Elaine Photography

The small space limited the number of people she could cater to, and, perhaps more importantly, she was also unable to sell wine there due to licensing issues.

This shan’t be a problem at the new restaurant, however, so we’ll all soon be able to get our hands on some delicious imported Sicilian wines, beers and ales as well as a selection of house cocktails.

“There’s not really anyone else doing Sicilian street food in the city, and the new place is a huge upgrade on the previous premises.

“We’ll not be changing our concept […] and are excited to now be able to offer fantastic imported Sicilian wine, as well as an extensive cocktail menu, beers and ales.”

“We have some new, and very talented additions to our team to bring the new venture to life.”

The new restaurant launches this Thursday 5th March from 6pm with free arancini, menu sampling and prosecco on arrival. See you there.


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