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Far from the shore: anchovy and cod dishes from inland Liguria

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Genova, Italy

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June 1st at 13:00 in your time zone


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The habit of consuming fish in the city-state of Genoa increased exponentially over the course of its history, but in many ways, the sea came last. In prehistory the ancient Ligurians lived inland in caves or huts; their agriculture was scarce, their pastoralism strenuous and their hunting, if anything, a matter of fortune.

From the Middle Ages and early modern period seafood was not a widespread or popular food in Genoa. If anything, fish was consumed in the two Rivieras either side of the city, but only when there were no alternatives. The diet of the Genoese, starting with the ruling classes, was based on flour-based foods: fresh and dry pasta, rustic flatbreads, pies and other stuffed savory dishes.

Today, Ligurian cuisine is still largely based on the land, as demonstrated by the menu of Brinca di Ne, a historic osteria in Genoa’s hinterland, and part of the Slow Food Cooks’ Alliance. With a few notable exceptions—preserved fish brought inland, either dried or salted, which are transformed into a variety of original dishes far from the shore.

Simone Circella of La Brinca brings his “inland fish” to Genoa, prepared with the experience and the sensibility.

Tickets for this event may be bought online until May 31. Any remaining tickets may be bought at the Event Reception in Genoa.

Slow Fish 2023 is organized by Slow Food and the Liguria Region, with the support of the City of Genoa. We’re in the Porto Antico of Genoa from June 1-4. Sign up to the Slow Food newsletter for the latest updates. #SlowFish2023

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Event languages: IT, EN

Event location: 
Genova – Porto Antico - Sala Reale Mutua – Laboratori del Gusto, Reale Mutua Stand
Calata Falcone e Borsellino - Genova (Italy)
GPS: 44.4089431, 8.9274911

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