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Abruzzo’s Trabocchi -The Ultimate Location for Seafood Dining

by Sam Dunham

If you are on a summer vacation in Abruzzo and thinking about where to go to eat sustainably caught fresh & seafood in a die for location, head to a Trabocco between Francavilla & on what is called ‘’.

Historic Fishing Platforms for the Seasick Re-Worked into Abruzzo’s Location Location Fish Restaurants

resemble a man-made giant beached prawn sitting on the rocks with giant tendrils casting wide nets out into the deeper reaches of the and for those for those that like sketching or photography, their spiny skeletons are great subject matters. In the past their sole function was to act as fishing machines for the seasick  for those that prefer rocks to waves. Fashioned from the salvaged acacia trees and whatever other pieces which the tide and storms wash in, no two stilted trabocchi ever look the same. Most are over 120 years old in origin although of course not each part on a trabocco will be that old, each aged piece of salvaged wood has its own internal  best before date.  Beyond being Abruzzo’s best fish restaurants they are a place to reflect on how the Abruzzesi that built them 200 years ago were simply trying to lessen a loss at which could bring about hunger to an entire generation.

Many families have turned their trabocco into the timeless locations, allowing their visitors to spend time on the before they head for the traditional 10-course lunch or dinner, with unlimited wine and cooled by a sea breeze.

Do try the local fish, avoid the tourist fried & battered and instead try the particularly good local Fish Soup/Stew – Brodetto di Pesce all Vastese – it’s a mixture of assorted fishes, , garlic olive oil and touch of peperoncino – delicious!

Further Reading

Official Website of Cala Lenta, the local Trabocchi festival sponsored by the Slow Movement- 1st Weekend of July, during this you can eat on the Trabocchi too and that tradition almost carries right through to mid-August.

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[…] “Trabocchi resemble a man-made giant beached prawn sitting on the rocks with giant tendrils casting wide nets out into the deeper reaches of the sea. They are literally fishing machines for the seasick, for those that prefer rocks to waves.” Inspire`s staff had the chance to visit one of these Trabocchi. The one we were at is still fully operable but not used any longer for fishing. For a simple reason: Fish are practically extinct due to overfishing. We enjoyed a good glass of local wine, though. Also the locals nowadays mainly use picturesque Trabocchis to celebrate. […]

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[…] Lunch on a Trabocco near San Vito Chietino (CH), Abruzzo Ever since I first saw the trabocchi along the Abruzzo coast I wanted to get on one and have a good look around. These wooden platforms on stilts, with their complex array of ropes, nets and pulleys allow the fishermen to seek out fish without the need for a boat. I think Sammy Dunham of Life in Abruzzo got it right when she described them as a way of fishing for the seasick. […]