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Calabria Report: Le Castella and Ciro' Marina

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Calabria Report: Le Castella and Ciro' Marina

Bugsey34 | Aug 8, 2014 07:07 AM

We recently spent a couple of weeks along the Ionian coast in Calabria in the area around Crotone, an area that gets no coverage at all here on Chowhound. Here are a few food highlights.

Paccheri with Swordfish and Mint at Da Mario, Le Castella

Mixed seafood antipasto at Da Mario, Le Castella

The top right shell has the best octopus salad I have ever had in my life - completely soft and not rubbery, sweet, and in a perfectly balanced marinade. It's ruined me for octopus salad forever. Also pictured are shrimp in pink sauce, various fritters, and smoked tuna on an orange slice.

Fried Shrimp & Calamaria at Da Mario, Le Castella

Mixed antipasto at Max, Ciro' Marina

This restaurant closed and re-opened in a new location last year. Everything was fresh, local and delicious as always though. Best things to try are wild mushrooms from the nearby Sila region, nduja, sardella, and the local salumi in this photo.

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