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Blue gold.
The thousand-year old fishing tradition has given shape to the areas surrounding the harbor of the city of Molfetta.
From Cala San Giacomo, the medieval basin where small wooden boats were docked, through the current eighteenth century harbor, contact with the sea has always been essential to the life and economy of the city.
So much indeed that it contributed to the expertise acquired in shipbuilding, fishing and cooking over the centuries. The fishing-boats, moving over the waves of the currents of the harbor, are full of wonders.
They are small worlds that sail the seas, whether near or far from the coast of Apulia.
Small oases full of life that, during a starry night, when the sky and sea are united by darkness, they carry out a thousand year old activity full of scents and flavors.
The importance of the maritime sector has officially been recognized since the presence of a large wholesale fish market, which was implemented in 1929; and supported by the Shipowners Association to which 80 fishing business, including a total of 90 boats, belong.
The flavor of the sea that reigns on the tables of the people of Molfetta is characterized by the many varieties of fish. Amongst the products that are fished along the coast of Molfetta, there are valuable fish, such as sea bream and sea bass; two species that are also suitable for breeding.
There are plenty of cephalopods, from the octopus family, and even cuttlefish and squid curled up on the rocky beaches.
There are many different types of shellfish that go from the market to the tables of the homes and restaurants of Molfetta.
The noble lobster are a main element, followed by shrimps, prawns and crabs, which are appreciated for their color and flavor; so intense and expressive.
Although less valuable, even though they are tasty, are the cicadas or squills used to make the fish soup.
It’s not unusual to find live specimens on the stands of the retail market! Sea bream is characteristic of rocky seabeds, whereas many species are found in the muddy ones to make sure customers always have a wide selection to choose from.
The beautiful red mullets are accompanied by dogfish, stingrays and rhombus; from the curious redfish and soles to the succulent monkfish, which can reach a considerable weight. Tuna and plamyds are large fish and, according to tradition in Molfetta, they are used to prepare foods that are preserved in oils. Cod is amongst the most important products on the market stands and a part of the culinary tradition used to prepare the calzone. Blue fish is the most abundant fish of the area.
Anchovies and sardines are also common fish that can be preserved in salt and bought at a reasonable price in fish stores.
The mackerel, horse mackerel and lacerta fish, characterized by colors that vary from blue to gray and green, are rich in omega-3, which is recommended by doctors for their nutritional benefits for both children and adults. Mullet, a poor fish of the Adriatic, is a meaty and tasty fish that is best known for its eggs, from which we get bottarga (similar to gonad fish).
The gifts of the ancient god of the sea are at your disposal in the restaurants of Molfetta, specialized in preparing delicious dishes that smell good.
If you prefer, you can taste the freshness of the fish directly from the stands of the market. Just follow the recipe they will give you at the time you purchase it, it will be a success!










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