Have you ever heard of Pesce all a Griglia? This perfectly light entree is a Sicilian classic that looks just as good as it tastes. And, with healthy grilled fish as the star of the show, it's a delicious and guilt-free option that steers away from the heavier Italian dishes found on most menus.
Read on to learn more about your soon-to-be favorite fish dish, including tips for perfect preparation, wine pairing, and more!
What Is Pesce all a Griglia?
The name of this dish literally translates to "grilled fish" - and that's precisely what it is! This delicious main course is often served after traditional antipasti, alongside salads, lightly sauced pasta, and side dishes.
Pesce, all a Griglia, is a fantastically simple preparation of fish with fresh citrus and spices, cooked to perfection over white-hot charcoal. While native to Sicily, this homestyle meal is served all over Italy, using the region's classic Mediterranean ingredients to add a light and fragrant touch to deliciously fresh seafood.
Fine Italian restaurants often add their own personal spin to this dish, utilizing exotic and luxurious ingredients to elevate its classic taste.
The Health Benefits of Grilled Fish
Pesce, all a Griglia, isn't just delicious - it's healthy too.
Grilled fish is an excellent source of protein, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals. This alternative to poultry and red meat is also linked to proven health benefits. It delivers even more nutrition when served Sicilian style, with ingredients like olive oil and fresh lemon.
Stay on the light side by enjoying grilled fish alongside crisp green vegetables for a guilt-free and low-calorie meal packed with exciting Italian flavors.
Perfectly Cooked Pesce all a Griglia
Traditional Pesce all a Griglia recipes can use a whole fish like snapper or mackerel, or a hearty fillet like swordfish. While the type of fish used isn't essential, freshness is - because this dish is so prepared.
Perfectly cooked Pesce all a Griglia uses fresh herbs like rosemary, oregano, and marjoram paired with high-quality olive oil, lemon, and sea salt. Because this dish is cooked over a piping hot charcoal grill, the fish will have a crisp exterior and a glossy opaque interior that is flaky and moist.
Delicious Wine to Pair With Grilled Fish
Italian white wines pair perfectly with grilled fish!
For a classic combination, choose a light pinot grigio. These medium-bodied whites often have intense and complex aromas with notes of fruit and flowers, citrus, and spices.
If you're up for a bit of a culinary adventure, try something different, like a crisp and refreshing inzolia. This Tuscan and Sicilian grape delivers an aromatic yet stiff pour with nutty, herbal, citrusy notes and a clean finish.
Next time you're ordering Italian, be sure to give Pesce all a Griglia a try! And, while you're at it, why not add a delicious glass of wine to complete the meal?
Are you crazy about authentic Sicilian cuisine? Then, make a reservation at Sicilia Mia today. You'll find a delicious Pesce all a Griglia on our menu, served alongside a crisp arugula salad.