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Yes, Italians will eat a frog now and then, especially if they live in northwest Italy. With all of its rice paddies, Lombardy is the top frog-eating region in Italy. Sometimes they're called ranocchio.

Rane in guazzetto, the classic dish, is frogs' legs (cosce di rane) simmered in butter, garlic, tomatoes and white wine. They are also in risotto alla certosina.

Rana pescatrice: monkfish

The church of San Martino in Brozzi on the Florentine plain has held a Sagra del Ranocchio since 1974 celebrating the local speciality (batter fried frogs' legs) the last weekend in May and first weekend in June.

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Text © Dana Facaros & Michael Pauls

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