Our restaurant’s fishmonger’s of reference is La Pescheria Da Silvio Costa, located on Ischia, which works with many local fishermen from Ischia Ponte and Lacco Ameno. There is always local fish available at this fishmonger’s.
As Il Saturnino is a small restaurant, it wouldn’t have been possible to go to each fisherman and take large quantities of one type of fish, as there would be a risk of it not being consumed, and of having to keep it refrigerated and no longer having truly fresh raw ingredients with which to cook.
Our restaurant has chosen this same fishmonger’s for more than 10 years. In the fishmonger’s everyone knows how Ciro, our chef, works – what he likes, and what he loves to work with. Even at four in the afternoon, they call us and say, for example, “Giovanni [a local fisherman] has brought in two trawl lines. What shall we do with them?” Obviously, we take both of them and we have the privilege of being among the first they will call, because we have mutual respect and are well regarded.