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fried in genoa…

…ok, i love this place. If i come to Genoa i always try to eat from there. Located in the old port, under some arches, with no name,  it’s a little narrow shop where 2 ladies fry fish all day and you buy it to take away.

It is long and narrow with white and blue tiles. There is a small prep room at the back, and then in the shop itself a big, coal fired stove with 2 giant pans of boiling oil.

The place is like an oven, its 37 degrees outside and i guess the lady frying has asbestos skin…anyway i also guess it might have effected her mood as she would not let me take pictures inside (said i could do what i like from outside!).

There was a shrine to the madonna at the end, and some old photos showing people in that same location doing exactly the same thing so i guess they have been frying those fish for a longgggg time. We took our haul wrapped in paper down to the port to eat.


clockwise starting at the bottom we ate: pignolini (whitebait i think anyway it’s tiny fish), acciughe (anchovies),   panissa (typical of liguria, a stiff chickpea flour mixture is shaped like chips and fried) and frittelle (fried batter really, with some herbs), baccalà (cod)

to drink: chinotto, a fizzy aromatic italian cola named after the small bitter citrus fruit it is made from.

anyway i know it looks a little greasy and it was all fried but it was also extremely fresh and delicious…and no doubt very bad for you…yum!

genoa…

escape after 2 and a half weeks with no break…

random things from a walk around Genoa…
cutting big chunks out of old buildings to make way for a fly-over right through the centre of old city and port…that’s ’70’s town planning for you…they are still fighting over whether to pull it down or not…

coloured shadows…

garibaldi…he gets to wear his red coat again in celebration of 150 years since the unification of italy…

wedding italian style…on their way to the awaiting iconic italian car, the cinquecento. Its very trendy for the bride to arrive and leave in this tiny wee car, i have seen some huge meringues of dresses squished into its modest interior…

Liguria uses a lot of monochromatic stripes in architectural decoration…the duomo:

arnolfini marga…in a chi chi designer store housed within a historic palazzo in genoa