Food Treats: Italian 'Fritto Misto'
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Food Treats: Italian Seafood ‘Fritto Misto’

Food Treats: Italian Seafood ‘Fritto Misto’

Italian Fritto Misto

When I go out for dining, one of my favorite food treats is ‘fritto misto‘, a mix of deep-fried seafood. Although it may seem a very simple and common dish, finding a restaurant in Italy serving a really good ‘fritto misto has become quite a challenge.

[pullquote]Seafood ‘fritto misto’, an Italian delicacy but finding the right place is not easy[/pullquote]

Deep-frying is an apparently simple cooking method, but in fact it is rather complicated, if you want as a result a delicate dish. Deep-frying is an art, and I’m very bad at it. That’s why I rather go out to a good restaurant to savour this delicacy.

To get the perfect deep-fried seafood, you must use the right type of oil, know the proper quantity, let it heat to the ideal temperature and then quickly dip and cook the food, whether it is  fish, vegetables or any other ingredient. The result should be crunchy outside, smooth inside and. most of all, not oily.

In the case of seafood ‘fritto misto’, the secret is not only in the perfect frying method but also in the raw materials: high quality and super fresh seafood make for a huge difference.

Finding out the right place for a good ‘fritto misto’ is not easy, even for Italians. I’ll try to give a few tips, which are by no means comprehensive.

1) Oddly enough, Milan is one of the best places for eating fish. And, of course, any place on the seashore (but beware of the tourist traps…)

2) Ask the locals, and avoid as much as possible restaurants displaying external menus in 4 languages, with photos. It means they’re touristy places.

3) Choose a specialised ‘Fish restaurant’ (called ‘Ristorante di Pesce‘ in Italian)

Have you ever eaten a really good ‘fritto misto’ in Italy? And where?


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Travel addict and passionate about photography, Simon Falvo started Wild About Travel back in 2009. Leveraging her strong PR background, she developed an extensive knowledge of Digital Communications and Social Media Marketing. Besides travel writing SImon holds workshops and trainings, she collaborated with tourism boards for digital marketing campaigns and participated as a speaker at several events.

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  • Erika
    Posted at 07:34h, 10 March Reply

    Come to Tuscany Simon, and “Cuoche in Vacanza” ‘ll make for you a gorgeous “mixed fried fish”!
    Looking forward to meeting you again
    xxx Erika

  • Sarah
    Posted at 18:05h, 18 May Reply

    I’m from Friuli Venezia Giulia too! I love “fritto misto” but there are so many other fabolous dishes in Italy! I think food in general is one of the best things you can find in this country..

  • Bob
    Posted at 21:11h, 29 March Reply

    Wow, brilliant and delicious. Last time I had this was at a small riverside ristorante near the mouth of the Tagliamento River.

  • Simon Falvo
    Posted at 18:24h, 29 March Reply

    Jennifer, we should definitely organize something. You come and visit me in Milan and I’ll come and visit you in Friuli Venezia Giulia (a region which I know very little). And… of course… you’ll bring me at one of your fave fish restaurant for a delicious ‘fritto misto’ that we’ll wash down with some good local white wine! 🙂

  • Jennifer
    Posted at 18:18h, 29 March Reply

    This is one of my favorites too! In the Friuli Venezia Giulia we have many restaurants specializing in fish and I have had the fried seafood at several good restaurants.

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