This is a topic that continues to intrigue me.
Is Sicilian the name of the style because it is the pizza you are most likely to find when in Sicily itself OR because it is the type of pizza most often cooked by a Sicilian person (often associated with "nonna") here in the US due to the slight ease of being able to use a pan to shape the dough?
I ask this because my parents went to Sicily recently. I am sure there are area/regional differences in Sicily just like anywhere else, but they were in much of the western and central parts of Sicily, from bigger areas like Taormina and Catania to smaller towns and villages like Caltagirone and Agrigento. My dad is a pizza person and mentioned to me he did not notice any of the square/rectangular type of pizza we associate with "Sicilian" being offered in the pizza shops he passed by.
Interesting that some friends of the family, where the wife's side of the family is Sicilian, also mentioned she really hasn't seen much "Sicilian" style pizza in shops there as well. I'm sure it must exist, and quite frequently, in other areas of Sicily. Does anyone know if this is the case?
While my Dad and friend of the family both said they did not see much "Sicilian" pizza, if any, while being in Sicily, I have learned that you can never take your own experiences in life, much less the word of one or two people, and extrapolate that into a stereotype or be-all definition for a topic.
Still, I am intrigued. Is it "Sicilian" because this is the everyday type of pizza served in Sicily itself, or because, say, a large group of Sicilian immigrants, likely having limited access to wood fired ovens or potentially having very limited counter space or resources in tenement style housing, started using pans as a more easy to use method of creating pizza in their own homes? I know two Sicilian "nonnas" who make this style of piza here in the states, but they are unable to elaborate on whether this originated in Sicily, as there is a language barrier to overcome. My Italian, like my Spanish, is incredibly rudimentary, if even that and not knowing another language fluently is one of my only, and biggest, regrets in my life.
Any info would be very helpful. Thank you.