In the Ionian Gulf, the Greeks found the promised land, and founded Rhegion, a city on the coasts of the Tyrrhenian Sea, the Ionian Sea and the Strait of Messina.
Reggio Calabria, as it is called today, is an agricultural, administrative and commercial city.
After the terrible earthquake of 1908, the city was rebuilt along with its wonderful lungomare (seafront promenade). According to the famous writer Giuseppe Verga, it was the most beautiful promenade in Europe.
The city is rich in archaeological materials excavated from sites in Calabria and Basilicata, which are important testimonies of the culture of Ancient Greece. In the collection, among the most renowned discoveries are the Riace bronzes: two large statues of Greek warriors, which depict the most classical image of Greek culture, by showing the harmony of the universe through the perfection of the human body.
The gastronomic specialty of Reggio Calabria is fish: from swordfish to solmoriglio, as well as fried anchovies, sardines, cod, stockfish, and nannata.
STOCCAFISSO Ingredients: 1 kilo of soaked stockfish 1kilo of potatoes 150gramsof olives 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil 2 tablespoons of tomato sauce 1 red onion Basil Parsley Salt
Pepper Method for preparation: Cook the cod in boiling water for about 30 minutes, drain, dry, and cut into pieces. Heat the oil in a pan, preferably terracotta, and fry the onion and parsley, then add the tomato sauce.
Add the pieces of cod and the potatoes.
Add the basil, salt and pepper.
Cook for 30 minutes, adding a little hot water if needed.
When the potatoes are almost cooked, add the pitted olives, and cook for another 10 minutes. Serve very hot.