Category Archives: Seafood

Tonno a la Stemperata – Tuna in Vinegar

This dish is well-known in my father’s town of Ragusa. It is served cold or at room temperature. The tuna can be broken in pieces and served with the accompanying olives, capers and celery. In the tradition of a caponata, Tonno a la … Continue reading

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Merluzzi Fritti con Cipolle all’Aceto – Fried Whiting with Vinegar Onions

Merluzzo. This is still one of the cheapest fish on the market. At about a $1.99 a pound it’s a real bargain. It’s the only fish I remember my grandparents eating, aside from Baccala on the holidays. Back then they must have paid 25-50 cents a … Continue reading

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Linguine with Crab Sauce

Linguine with crab sauce brings me back to the days when I spent my summers at the Jersey shore. My Aunt Phyllis and Uncle Sal had a summer house in Brick, New Jersey right off of Mantoloking Road. Just down the road … Continue reading

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Lox

Alright, I know what you’re thinking. What does Lox have to do with Italian comfort food. Absolutely nothing.  Unfortunately I didn’t even start eating lox until I was well into my 30’s. This was not something grandma put out with … Continue reading

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Fillet of Fish Oreganata

Eating fish in Sicily is as good as it gets. Especially in and around the fishing villages. In Riposto, my Uncle Benny’s town, we ate at a restaurant that was right on a pier over looking the Mediterranean Sea. The … Continue reading

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Zuppa di Cozze – Mussels in Tomato Wine Sauce

When did macaroni become pasta? A reader of mine, Frankie, made a comment on a previous blog I posted about a poem he heard from Michael Savage,  a radio talk show host, called “When did Spaghetti Become Pasta?” I listened … Continue reading

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Grilled Fillet of Salmon with Citrus Green Sauce

Fresh ingredients is the hallmark of good Sicilian cooking. And when it comes to seafood, the Sicilians are second to non. My grandmother used to make this fresh sauce and top many different kinds of fish with it. What ever … Continue reading

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