How to Order Fish in Italy

...and what to expect when you do!

Fish in Italy is often served whole, baked in a salt crust or with potatoes and tomatoes. Baked fish, fish cooked in the oven, is called pesche al forno. It will almost always be served with the head on. There's a good reason for this.

You see, once you take the head off a fish and a bit of the skin, you've removed much of the clues to the identification of that fish. So what? Well, are you getting what you paid for? You need to know that much of what we eat in the US is intentionally mislabeled for profit motives. You may wish to consult At U.S. dinner tables, the food may be a fraud.

Besides, to be true Italian, you need to eat the tender little nuggets of fish around the head. They're the best of the flesh. Why throw them away?

The restaurant shown in the video is the Ristorante Il Delfino in Porto Santo Stefano on Monte Argentario in the Maremma region of Tuscany, a restaurant in Tuscany for Foodies, one of ur mobile apps. The fish depicted in the video is ricciola, the Mediterannean amberjack. Rubber Slippers in Italy has more on the Ricciola.

Find out more about Monte Argentario in the Maremma.

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