What is more delicious than fritto misto and a crisp glass of white wine in the summer? Although we have a number of delectable dishes on our menu, we’d all agree that fried food was made for summer gatherings! The weather is heating up and we want to share one of our favorite lunch items with you. When you combine the freshness of fried food with Italian spices, you get a culinary explosion of flavor! For those of you who want to make this at home, keep reading!
This is one of the most well known Italian dishes but don’t worry if you haven’t heard of it. If you love calamari, you’ll love this fritto misto recipe. It turns the flavor and tenderness of calamari up a few notches with the use of buttermilk and paprika. Fritto misto refers to small batches of seafood, meat, and vegetables that have been dipped in batter and deep fried. When the star of the show is seafood, the recipe is referred to as fritto misto di mare. It typically includes a big heap of a variety of seafood such as shrimp, squid, scallops, crayfish, soft shell crabs, and fresh sardines. You can choose to use just one type of seafood or a combination of any of these selections. There are a number of different Italian varieties of fritto misto including:
One aspect that remains the same no matter how you chose to enjoy fritto misto is that it must be eaten hot. When you visit Italy, you can expect this dish to be prepared fresh and hot with a bity of variety with each order. If you have guests coming for a dinner or brunch party, make sure not to prepare this too far in advance.
When making this calamari fritto misto at home, it can be part of a meal as an appetizer or prepared separate as a quick snack. Regardless of how you chose to enjoy this fritto misto recipe, there are a few considerations to be mindful of when preparing this dish. First, using an oil that can withstand high temperatures with a high smoking point. We recommend using peanut oil since it works well at high heat and does not overwhelm the flavors of the food. Although extra virgin olive oil works well, it is not cost effective to use for this dish. Secondly, don’t be afraid to be generous with the use of oil. When using a fryer, you’ll want to see the food float on the surface. Lastly, monitoring the temperature is one of the most important aspects of making great fritto misto. By using an iron skillet, you’ll have more control over the temperature, since it allows the oil to heat slowly across a wide area. We encourage you to use a thermometer to ensure the oil reaches 180 degrees.
When making this calamari fritto misto, you’ll want to make sure that all the ingredients are dry at room temperature and approximately the same size. This will make frying easier. You will also be able to maintain the fibres of the food intact.
What is fritto misto without someone to share it with? The season for enjoying calamari fritto misto under a South Miami sunset is here and we have the perfect location for it! Our Fritto Misto consists of crispy calamari, zuchinni, and mushrooms served with a spicy chili aioli. No meal is complete without a glass of wine or one of our signature cocktails. We invite you to come during our Happy Hour from Monday through Friday to enjoy specials on your favorite adult beverages. Bring a group of friends on Mondays and enjoy our Half Priced Bottles of Wine specials with our Fritto Misto. If you can’t make it on Mondays, stop by for our Artisinal Pizza Night for 11 inch gourmet pizzas you’ll love! For those of you who have free time on Wednesday, we’d love for you to take advantage of our Pasta Night specials where pasta dishes are only $12.
With so many great dishes to choose from, you’ll want to take your time and relax. We create an ambiance like no other with live jazz music featuring local favorites. Now, you can sip wine while enjoying Fritto Misto against a backdrop of unique jazz tunes and Miami vibes. We can accommodate private parties and events to celebrate special occasions. On days you’d rather stay at home, we have a take out menu as well.
Check out our website for our live jazz dates and make your table reservations today!