Recipe courtesy of Mario Batali
Show: Molto Mario
Episode: Sicily
2 hr 30 min
30 min
2 hr
4 servings


  • 16 fresh anchovies, gutted and heads removed
  • Juice and zest of 2 lemons
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 bunch Italian parsley, finely chopped to yield 1/4 cup
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 8 ounces Tuma cheese (may substitute fresh Mozzarella)


Lay anchovy fillets out on marble cutting board or cookie sheet. Divide lemon juice and zest over top of anchovies evenly. Place in refrigerator and allow to marinate 2 hours. Remove from refrigerator, place in mixing bowl and add salt and pepper, olive oil, parsley and pepper flakes. Stir gently to coat, careful not to break the anchovies. Set aside. (These can stay overnight, refrigerated).

Divide the cheese into 4 equal pieces. Arrange anchovies over and around cheese. Spoon 1 tablespoon marinade over each and serve.

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