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squill (mantis shrimp)

Canoce (or canocchia, cannocchia) may look like science-fiction bugs, but they're big (up to 8 in.), tasty and plentiful, and lately Italian cooks have been finding places for them everywhere a crustacean can be employed.

Some people call them cicala di mare (sea locust). There's a resemblance, but the real cicala is a separate, protected species. In Friuli they like to cook them in a soup, zuppa di canoce, and catch them in a net (canocia de nassa).

Text © Dana Facaros and Michael Pauls

Images by: Rui Ornelas