Each month the Italian Tribune has featured reviews of area restaurants, highlighting the specialties of the house. Many readers have not only raved about their experiences at the restaurants, but have requested recipes that could be prepared at home. As a monthly feature, we will now be spotlighting dishes and recipes that executive chefs and owners of the restaurants have selected especially for the readers of the Italian Tribune. This week we visit La Famiglia in Caldwell, New Jersey and feature the delicious Zuppa di Pesce as prepared by Executive Chef and owner Hugo. This traditional Italian seafood favorite can be made at home, or stop by La Famiglia to enjoy the dish with Hugo’s famous homemade pasta. La Famiglia Ristorante and Pizzeria is located at 359 Bloomfield Avenue in Caldwell, NJ. Call 973-226-3049 for reservations. Visit their website at www.lafamigliaristorantepizzeria.com…NEXT MONTH we will feature Chef Mario Carlino of Divina Ristorante.
Zuppa di Pesce
Recipe is for two people, increase by the amount of guests
2 tbsp olive oil
1 garlic clove, chopped
2 tbsp white onion, finely chopped
2 tbsp scallions, chopped
1 can Italian tomatoes (plum or crushed)
1 cup basil, chopped
1 tbsp fresh flat leaf parsley
salt and pepper to taste
1 cup white wine
1/2 lb calamari (cleaned)
1 dozen fresh black mussels
1 dozen clams
1 piece of sole, about 6 oz
6 large shrimp, peeled and deveined
3/4 cup Hugo’s fresh pasta (or buy your own favorite dry fettuccini)
In a deep saucepan, heat the olive oil over a medium flame and sauté the garlic, onions, scallions, basil and parsley. When garlic is brown and the onions translucent, add the tomatoes. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste and stir.
Cook the sauce for about 30 to 40 minutes, then add the white wine and all the seafood. Cook for another 5 to 10 minutes, as you don’t want to dry out the fish by overcooking it. Boil water for pasta and cook until al dente. Strain the pasta and place back in the pot and pour fish sauce over it and mix. Plate the Zuppa di Pesce and serve. Place some of the fish on top.