Pasta alla Norma (pronounced [ˈpasta alla ˈnɔrma]) is a pasta dish in Sicilian cuisine created originally in Catania, Italy. Catania is a city on the east coast of Sicily, Italy. It is made with tomatoes, fried or sauteed aubergine (eggplant), grated ricotta salata cheese, and basil. It is supposedly named after the opera Norma by the Catania-born composer Vincenzo Bellini. An alternative explanation of the name is that the dish respects "norms" and tradition of the region.