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Traditional and Authentic Italian Recipes Featuring Rizzoli Anchovies

Traditional and Authentic Italian Recipes Featuring Rizzoli Anchovies by TitaItalia

The name Rizzoli is synonymous with exceptional quality in the world of anchovies. Their rich history, meticulous methods, and secret recipes have resulted in a product lauded by chefs and gourmands alike.

Here at Tita Italia, we're proud to offer Rizzoli anchovies, both in the iconic "in salsa piccante" and "in olio extra vergine di oliva" varieties.

But what makes these anchovies truly special goes beyond the tin. It's about the depth of flavor they bring to traditional Italian dishes.

So, let's explore some classic recipes where Rizzoli anchovies can truly shine!

Pane tostato al burro con acciughe del Cantabrico (Buttered Toast with Cantabrian Anchovies)

Buttered Toast with Cantabrian Anchovies Recipe by TitaItalia

This recipe promotes the classic buttered toast with anchovies to a whole new level of sophistication. The rich, buttery base is complemented by the intense flavor of Cantabrian Sea Anchovies, known for their smooth texture and delicate taste. A squeeze of lemon adds a touch of brightness, while capers provide a welcome burst of briny flavor and pops of texture.


  • 2 thick slices of sourdough bread
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 4-5 Cantabrian Sea Anchovy filets
  • 1 lemon wedge
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste


  1. Toast the sourdough bread slices in a toaster or grill pan until golden brown and crisp.
  2. While the bread is toasting, spread the softened butter evenly over each slice.
  3. Arrange the Cantabrian Sea Anchovy filets on the buttered toast, draping them elegantly across the surface.
  4. Squeeze a fresh lemon wedge over each toast, allowing the juice to drizzle lightly over the anchovies and bread.
  5. Finish with a generous grind of fresh black pepper.

Bruschetta con Burrata e Acciughe (Bruschetta with Burrata & Anchovy)

Bruschetta with Burrata & Anchovy Recipe By TitaItalia

This bruschetta is a delightful twist on the classic bruschetta con burrata e acciughe (burrata and anchovy). Creamy burrata cheese adds a luxurious touch, while the salty bite of the Rizzoli anchovy takes center stage. It's a simple yet elegant appetizer that will impress your guests.


  • 4 thick slices of country bread (sourdough or ciabatta work well)
  • 1 clove garlic, halved
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Fresh basil leaves, for garnish (optional)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 4 ounces burrata cheese, roughly torn
  • 4-5 Rizzoli anchovy filets


  1. Heat a grill pan or grill over medium heat. Brush both sides of the bread slices with olive oil and toast until golden brown and crisp. Rub the toasted bread with the halved garlic clove while still hot, infusing it with a garlicky aroma.
  2. Spread a generous layer of creamy burrata cheese on each toasted bread slice.
  3. Arrange a Rizzoli anchovy filet on top of the burrata. Season with a pinch of salt and freshly ground black pepper, if desired.
  4. Garnish with a fresh basil leaf for a pop of color (optional).

Insalata Nizzarda (Niçoise Salad)

This classic French salad gets an Italian twist with the addition of Rizzoli anchovies. It's a beautiful and satisfying main course or a light lunch.

Niçoise Salad Recipe By TitaItalia


  • 4 hard-boiled eggs, quartered
  • 1 can (or jar) tuna in olive oil, drained and flaked
  • 1 medium red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 green bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup green beans, trimmed and cooked
  • 1/4 cup Kalamata olives, pitted
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • Red wine vinaigrette (store-bought or homemade)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 4-5 Rizzoli anchovy filets


  1. Arrange quartered eggs, flaked tuna, sliced red onion, bell pepper, cherry tomatoes, green beans, olives, and parsley on a large serving platter.
  2. Drizzle generously with red wine vinaigrette—season with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Top each salad with a Rizzoli anchovy filet.

Spaghetti Aglio e Olio con Acciughe (Spaghetti with Garlic, Oil, and Anchovies)

Spaghetti with Garlic, Oil, and Anchovies Recipe By TitaItalia

This simple yet incredibly flavorful pasta dish is a true testament to the power of high-quality ingredients. The salty, umami richness of Rizzoli anchovies elevates this classic to a whole new level.


  • 1 pound spaghetti
  • 4-5 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 5-6 Rizzoli anchovy filets


  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the spaghetti and cook according to package instructions until al dente. Reserve about 1 cup of pasta water before draining.
  2. While the pasta is cooking, heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the sliced garlic and cook until fragrant and lightly golden brown, about 2 minutes. Be careful not to burn the garlic.
  3. Add the anchovy filets to the pan and mash them slightly with a fork, allowing them to dissolve into the oil. (If using red pepper flakes, add them now.)
  4. Add the cooked pasta and reserved pasta water to the skillet. Toss everything together until well combined and the sauce coats the pasta.
  5. Remove from heat and stir in fresh parsley. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Serve immediately with additional grated Parmesan cheese on the side, if desired.

Beyond the Basics

While the above recipes showcase the brilliance of Rizzoli anchovies in classic dishes, their potential extends far beyond the basics. Here are some additional ideas to inspire your culinary creativity:

Pizza with a Punch

Upgrade your homemade or store-bought pizza by adding chopped Rizzoli anchovies with spicy sauce (salsa piccante for a spicy kick!) before baking. Pair them with mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, and a drizzle of high-quality olive oil for a gourmet experience.

Creamy Pasta Delights

Don't be afraid to integrate Rizzoli anchovies into creamy pasta sauces. Mash them into a white wine sauce for fettuccine or blend them with ricotta cheese for a unique and flavorful ravioli filling.

Frittata Fiesta

Diced Rizzoli anchovies add a delightful savory element to frittatas. Combine them with chopped vegetables like sauteed spinach, roasted peppers, or caramelized onions for a versatile and satisfying dish.

Tips and Tricks for Using Rizzoli Anchovies:

  • Don't be Shy! The robust flavor of Rizzoli anchovies is meant to be enjoyed. Start with a small amount and adjust according to your taste preference.
  • Utilize the Oil: The oil in which Rizzoli anchovies are preserved is bursting with flavor. Don't discard it! Use it for drizzling over salads, cooking vegetables, or adding richness to pasta sauces.
  • Consider the Variety: Both the "al peperoncino" and "in olio extra vergine di oliva" varieties offer unique flavor profiles. Choose the one that best complements the dish you're creating.

A Final Note

Rizzoli anchovies are more than just a pantry staple; they're a gateway to a world of authentic Italian flavors. With a little creativity and these recipes as a springboard, you can create restaurant-worthy dishes in your kitchen.

So, fire up the stove, grab your favorite Rizzoli anchovies from Tita Italia, and get ready to experience the magic of these exceptional ingredients!

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