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Rimini's Fish Risotto - Risotto Riminese


If you say "risotto" in Rimini, one of the major resorts and fishing towns on the Adriatic, people assume you mean a fish risotto. Though some people add all sorts of fish, many Riminesi feel that less is more and limit themselves to just a couple of kinds of flavorful fish, for example mazzola (tub gunnard in English) and Pesce San Pietro (John Dorry). To make a fish risotto for 4 you'll need:

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 20 minutes


  • At least a half pound of fresh fish, e.g. Tub Gunnard and John Dorry, cleaned and scaled
  • 2 small onions, one minced
  • A carrot
  • A stick celery
  • A small bunch parsley, chopped
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • A walnut-sized chunk unsalted butter
  • A small clove garlic
  • A scant pound (400 g) short grained rice, e.g. Vialone Nano or Arborio
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste


Begin by making fish broth: Set the fish in a pot with a quart of cold water (1 liter), the whole onion, the carrot, and the celery. Bring the pot to a boil and cook until the fish is done, about a half hour.

Strain the broth through a muslin cloth into a pot and keep it warm. Next, pick the flesh from the bones of the fish and set it aside too (discard the cooked vegetables).

Bring the fish stock to a slow simmer.

Set a fairly large pot over a burner and add the olive oil and the butter. Heat the mixture briefly, then add the minced parsley, minced onion, and the garlic. Cook until the onion is translucent, and stir in the tomato paste, which will give the dish an inviting cast. Add the fish and the rice, and a first ladle of broth. Continue stirring fish broth into the risotto until the rice reaches the al dente stage.

Season to taste with salt and pepper, and serve with a crisp white wine. The Trebbiano di Romagna from Rimini's hinterland would be perfect.

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