The newest Italian deli in the Northern Quarter is now stocking Sicilian-made sauces, known as ‘sugo’, which makes the perfect base for any pasta dish or slapped onto a pizza base.
The sugo is made in a small family artisan laboratory in Paterno – a few kilometres away from Catania – where the ingredients are authentically Sicilian and, owner Carmen promises, even more delicious.
They made without preservatives or any kind of chemicals before being shipped right to the NQ and sold to you lovely lot.
Sicilian NQ, owner Carmen’s family are handmaking the sauces and this is the first time they’ve ever sold them anywhere outside of Italy.
Traditionally, sugo is made from ripe tomatoes cooked with extra virgin olive oil, onions, garlic and plenty of seasoning. Italian families tend to make batches of sugo using end-of-season tomatoes and keep in sterilised jars for up to six months.
Sicilian NQ has a good range of sugos including a signature tomato and basil sauce ‘Sugo al Basilico‘ (£5)
Sugo alla Norma (£5.60) is one of Sicilian NQ’s most famous sauces used in their best selling dishes like Gnocchi Siciliana as well as Arancino Norma.
The final two sugos are dedications to a small town in Catania and a Neapolitan actor.
Sugo Malavoglia (£5.60) is taken from the best known Sicilian novel ‘I Malavoglia’ by writer Giovanni Verga. The story follows the family of a fisherman who all live and work in a small village near Catania, Aci Trezza, where Sicilian NQ’s owner grew up.
Malavoglia uses the tomato pulp base with the addition of tuna in oil, olive oil, parsley, sea salt, sugar, garlic and anchovies in oil.
And finally, the Sugo Malafemmena (£6.50) is a popular song written by the Neapolitan actor Totò.
Inside, you’ll find the tomato pulp base as well as pork cheek, black olives, extra virgin olive oil, parsley, basil, sage, marjoram, rosemary, onion, garlic, thyme, black pepper, Sicilian oregano, integral sea salt, sugar.
Sicilian NQ also has authentic Sicilian pantry essentials as well as fresh pastries and preprepared cocktails.
The deli is open 12-9pm every day.
Sicilian NQ, 14 Turner Street, Manchester, M4 1DZ