So off we go. There wasn't any action on the far jetty so we went to the inner one. Sure enough there was a fisherman on the jetty, next to a boat, next to a refrigerated truck with a box fish.
"Five Euro", he said.
Sure we thought.
"Per (making the shape of a box in the air and, pointing at the box)?" "Si?"
"Si." he said.
We then asked what the name of of the fish was. He told us. We immediately forgot. Remember when asking someone to name something, ask them to write it down for you.
Anyway without any bargaining we bought a box of small and shiny pesce from the first fisherman we came upon. Mission accomplished!
We carry "our catch" home and begin the gutting and cleaning process. We left some with heads (innards missing) and tails but most we cut the heads off. Joey decided to scale them, so she took them out on the stoop, and in the process made a friend of the neighborhood cat.
So how many 8" fish are in a box? About 60! good thing we are here for a month!
- Dredged milk, flour with salt and pepper, egg, breadcrumbs with Romano
- We also boiled some to see what would happen! Fish stock! Joey made a fish chowder a few days later using this little bit of knowledge!
We did have an excellent meal of fried and baked pesce fresco. Very flavorful and the ultimate in Slow Food, making sure we didn't choke on all the tiny bones while eating our we can't remember the name* of pesce.
*If you know the name of this pesce please tell us in the comments.