Take-aways are often associated with fast-food, but not so in Italy where you can often pick up a three course meal
Linguine with scampi followed by a Mediterranean fry up of prawns and
calamari may not be quite what the doctor ordered, but as we all know fish can
be cooked in a myriad of ways and most of it healthily! Think Mediterranean diet – seared fillet of
sea bass, sea food paella, grilled scallops, prawn kebabs….
I wasn’t a big fish eater until I discovered L’Accademia del Mare in
Camucia, but ever since I walked in and saw not only the wonderful display of
fresh fish, but the mega-displays of cooked platters to eat in or take away, I
am hooked (excuse the pun!)
The biggest problem is always what to choose: there is an abundance of antipasti, an excellent selection of
ready-made pasta sauces for primi and
a mouth-watering display of beautifully presented secondi from baked, to stewed,
to fried. The choice is endless…
If you like to be creative in the kitchen, the fresh fish - displayed on ice across the whole width of
the shop - is exactly that and at least half of it is from the sea, caught, as
opposed to farmed. The selection –
weather permitting – is always excellent.
The takeaways do not come cheap, but nor are they extortionate. As far as I’m concerned a ready-made meal of
this quality is worth every penny, as was the tip for re-heating the baked
platters: heat your oven to 180°. Once it’s arrived at this temperature, turn
it off and place your fish inside. After 10 minutes it will be ready to eat, (but
it won’t be re-cooked which can sometimes change the flavours). It works perfectly!
L’Accademia del Mare can be found in Viale Regina Elena, 47 in Camucia –
just before the station on the left hand (opposite the electrical shop). One
can place orders via telephone. Tel: 334 99 88 400.
Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday - 7:00-13:30 / 16:30-19:30
Alison Koetser, 29/07/2021 09:04:56