(Siculoe dapes) were choice foods. The best Roman cooks were
Sicilians. Horace (3 Odes, i.
18) tells us that when a sword hangs over our head, as in the case
of Damocles, not even “Siculoe dapes dulcem elaborabunt saporem.”
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894