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*Surgelato (frozen) notation on Italian menus......(??) (Calabria)

erica | Aug 15, 2011 07:53 AM

In researching restaurants for an upcoming trip to Italy, a question arose in my mind when I noticed this notation on the menu of a seafood restaurant in Calabria. I understand that restaurants are required to note which items are frozen. But when a seafood restaurant in a coastal town notes that it is offering several frozen items, I cannot help but wondering why this is the case and exactly what this signifies. Should the restaurant be commended for being honest? Or should take this as an indication that they are not seeking out fresh fish and seafood? Perhaps they feel they must provide an online menu and a diner should disregard these items and merely ask what is fresh that day.

I am appealing to those more knowledgeable than I. Would you be leery of a place whose menu lists such items? The restaurant in question is a SlowFood place on the Calabrian coast. The items indicated as possibly frozen include: Shrimp, whitebait (rosa marina); swordfish, calamari.

The menu is here:

Extra points if anyone has dined here and can offer opinion on this, or other Amantea eateries.

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