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albacore tuna

The alalunga ('long wing') has white meat instead of red like a tuna. Like tuna, there are a number of ways to prepare it, including the classic alaunga all'agro dolce, or cooked in a sweet and sour sauce of vinegar and onions. It's also preserved sott' olio in jars.

In July, Bagnara Calabra, a fishing port in Reggio Calabria province, holds a Sagra dell' Alalunga celebrating its favourite fish.

Text © Dana Facaros and Michael Pauls

Images by: chioggiapesca