On the 3rd of June, I experienced the wonders of cooking, eating and fishing on a Trabocco on the Trabocchi Coast of Abruzzo! The opportunity came courtesy of Fabrizio Lucci from http://www.italiasweetitalia.com/ and the lovely Maria and Rinaldo of Trabocco Punta Tufano http://www.puntatufano.costadeitrabocchi.info/ . On arrival Fabrizio presented us with aprons and cookbooks before we got started to ensure we had mementos and the opportunity to recreate our memories of the trabocco at home with family and/or friends.
What is a Trabocco? On first impression the Trabocco looks like a long spindly spider and it’s webs sitting at the end of a long pier leading out to the open sea. On closer inspection, one finds it to be a fishing platform (each trabocco varies somewhat in size and design) with a complicated array of ropes, pulleys and nets. The nets are cast out into the sea, then raised and lowered as schools of fish swim across them. Initially I was under the impression the trabocchi were used when the weather was bad but that is not the case; they are best used in good weather and clear visibility as knowing when to check the nets is not a science but rather a visual assessment. When the sea is clear, the fishermen can see to raise the nets and catch the sea’s bounty!
Many of the trabocchi (plural of trabocco) now provide a restaurant for guests to enjoy dining on the sea in a unique environment and experiencing amazing seafood. Others are private solely for the pleasure of family and friends. The Trabocco Punta Tufano has been in the Veri family since the late 1700s, the one standing today was built in 2006 after being destroyed by a storm. The […]