Since it was cold out, I wanted something that would warm me from the inside out. Me being a seafood lover, I decided to try the Cocotte di Pesci. The shellfish and fish stew with bell peppers similar to a Cioppino.
Cioppino is a fish stew that originated in the late 1800s by Portuguese and Italian fisherman who settled in San Francisco. It’s derived from regional fish soups and stews of Italian Cuisine. This stew is traditionally made with clams, scallops, squid, mussels and fish. The seafood is combined with fresh tomatoes in a wine sauce. At Assaggi’s it’s served with grilled bread. This dish is comparable to bouillabaisse. This seafood stew was traditionally made on the boats while out to sea and later became a staple in Italian restaurants in the San Francisco area. The name comes from ciuppin, meaning to chop or chopped which describes the steps of making the stew by chopping various leftovers of the days catch.
I had to admit it was a beautiful presentation. The orange color of the broth contrasted nicely with all of the different hues of the seafood. I dipped my bread in the wine/tomato broth and took a taste. It was even better than I expected. I couldn’t wait to sample some of the seafood. I heard that seafood is this chef’s passion, and that was apparent by how fresh and absolutely delicious this stew was. If I had room for another serving I would have considered it. The flavors were simply incredible and a dish definitely made for a seafood lover in mind, and with the delicious Toh! Da Uve Friulano wine my waitperson suggested really rounded out the flavors of this wonderful meal. This dish made a new experience a most enjoyable one at Assaggi’s Mozzarella Bar.
Assaggi’s Mozzarella Bar is located at 4838 Bethesda Ave in Bethesda Maryland. Their number is 301-951-1988.