Swordfish with capers, pine nuts and lemon


This delicious swordfish dish (pesce spada alla ligure) from Mario Matassa is a treat for seafood fans, and a real taste of northern Italy Throughout Liguria, capers, pine nuts and lemons are used to flavour and garnish dishes – as in this swordfish dish. It’s always best to use unwaxed, organic lemons: Serves 4 Preparation time […]

Anchovies alla Vernazza


If you like anchovies (alici in Italian), try this recipe from Mario Matassa, which would also work well with sardines… Anchovies are the most commonly served fish in the Cinque Terre, often simply marinated in lemon juice as an antipasto – this is a great way to serve them: Serves 4 Preparation time 15 minutes Cooking time […]

Baked sea bream with potatoes

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The variations of recipes for sea bream (orata) are countless, depending on where in Italy you happen to be. Mario Matassa’s  – baked in an oven with potatoes – is a classic version… Serves 2 Preparation time 10 minutes Cooking time 20-25 minutes Ingredients: • 4 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil • 2 large potatoes, peeled and sliced wafer […]

Vero Italiano: la pescheria

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Join Mario Matassa for the second instalment in his series uncovering the secrets of Italian food. This time he goes to the sea, where he braves an early morning, much indecision and the fiery Italian passion for all things seafood Photos by Mario Matassa Going on a road trip is something that just happens when […]

Mackerel fillets with potato and olive salad

Some of the more complex Italian recipes will take hours to prepare – and just as long to enjoy! – but when you’re in a hurry you’re going to need quick-and-easy recipes.  Mackerel fillets with potato and olive salad – (Filetti di sgombro con insalata di patate e olive) There are lots of different fish called […]

Sea Bream baked in Foil

This sea bream recipe with a fresh, zesty flavour, is perfect for a quick meal but looks impressive enough to ‘wow’ a few friends! Sea Bream baked in foil Serves 4  Preparation 15 minutes Cooking 30 minutes Ingredients 2 sea bream, gutted and scaled but with head and skin on olive oil 2 garlic cloves 3 sprigs of […]