Squid with chilli and lemon sauce

squid calamari

Mario Matassa shares his technique for cooking squid (calamari) on the barbecue – a real showstopper for seafood lovers Serves 4 Preparation time 15 minutes Barbecuing time 3 minutes Ingredients: • 1-2 fresh hot red chillies (depending on how hot you like it) • 1 tbsp sun-dried tomato paste • 4 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil • juice […]

Cuttlefish tagliatelle with spicy squid sauce

Cuttlefish pasta with squid

Cuttlefish (seppia) is very popular in Italian cuisine and its ink can be bought in small packets in supermarkets or Italian speciality stores – here’s a great recipe to showcase its flavour Serves 4 Preparation time 45 minutes, plus resting Cooking time 10 minutes Ingredients: • 400g plain flour • 4 medium free-range eggs • 1 sachet of cuttlefish ink […]

Calamaro ripieno (stuffed squid)

stuffed squid

Mario Matassa shares his recipe for stuffed squid – it can be eaten hot or cold but do remember to trickle a little extra olive oil over the squid just before you sit down Serves 4 Preparation time 15 minutes Cooking time 25 minutes Ingredients: • 8 small to medium squid, prepared, tentacles retained • 1 courgette • 8 […]

Zuppa di pesce

Italian fish soup

Zuppa di pesce (fish soup), is an Italian staple with endless variations. Although this dish looks elaborate it’s really very simple, as Mario Matassa demonstrates… Serves 4 Preparation time 5 minutes Cooking time 15 minutes Ingredients: • 6 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil • 2 garlic cloves, peeled • 700g fish pieces such as sea bass, scorpion fish, monkfish, […]

Mussel and clam antipasto

Clam antipasto

Mario Matassa’s seafood antipasto is delicious and versatile – try it without the tomatoes (just wine, garlic and parsley)… it’s delicious either way! Serves 4 Preparation 5 minutes Cooking 7-10 minutes Ingredients: • 1kg fresh mussels • 500g fresh clams • 4 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil • 1-2 garlic cloves, peeled • a handful of […]

Pasta Vongole

Pasta Vongole

Serve this classic Italian seafood pasta in hot bowls and finish with a sprinkling of chopped herbs – a perfect midweek meal for any time of year Serves 4 Preparation time 15 mins Cooking time 10 mins Ingredients: 800g fresh clams (discard any open ones) 12 whole shallots, finely chopped 75g butter 2 cloves of […]

Mussels with chickpeas


These cozze e ceci make a delicious starter dish to share with the whole family. Serve with crusty bread to get every bit of flavour from the juices! Ingredients: 2 tbsp olive oil 1 small red onion, peeled, finely sliced 1 garlic clove, peeled, crushed 150ml dry white wine 1kg mussels in their shells 450g cooked chickpeas 1 tbsp chopped […]