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Grilled or stewed, either as an antipasto or a main course (or occasionally, even in a pasta sauce)

Sometimes called piovra (a Norman French word), though in everyday speech that is more often a reference to the many-tentacled Mafia.

Also spelled polipo. Small ones are polipetti.

polpo alla luciana: stewed in tomato, garlic, parsley and capers. A traditional Neapolitan dish.

polpi in purgatorio: in a very spicy sauce (Abruzzo and Molise).

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