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Tuscan Sea Palamita - Presì Slow Food

Tuscan Sea Palamita


A migratory fish, palamita (Atlantic bonito) belongs to the same family as mackerel and tuna. It has some similarities with both of them, especially tuna, and is wrongly believed to be a poor relative. The fish has a strong flavor with a slight hint of acidity and can be cooked in various ways. The best way to enjoy it, however, is preserved in oil. The largest fish are cut into fillets and boiled, then covered with oil and seasoned with bay leaves, pepper and a touch of ginger.


The fish is caught from late spring to early summer (May-June) and then in the fall (October-November). It can be found preserved in oil throughout the year.

Palamita used to be caught in large wide-meshed nets, called “palamitare”, which were positioned in the sea for long periods of time. Currently only one remains, off Capo Enfola on the island of Elba, and most palamita is now caught using purse seines. The Presidium was founded to encourage a return to preserving the fish in oil, a tradition which was abandoned in the 1960s, and to set up a production chain with the fishermen who have returned to fishing with wide-meshed nets and the producers who are again preserving the fish.

Production area
The sea around the Tuscan archipelago, Grosseto and Livorno Provinces

Presidium supported by
Grosseto Provincial Authority, Livorno Provincial Authority
Associazione dei produttori della palamita dell'Arcipelago Toscano
Cecina (Li)
piazza della Libertà, 14

Cooperativa Acli Pesca
Campo nell'Elba (Li)
Località San Mamiliano, 1
tel. +39 0565 977243

Fratelli Manno
Monte Argentario (Gr)
via Sant'Andrea, 7
tel. +39 0564 818051

Orbetello Pesca Lagunare
Albinia (Gr)
via dell'Airone
tel. +39 e fax 0564 870390 - 873380

L'Elba in un barattolo
La Taverna dei Poeti
Capoliveri (Li)
via Roma 14
tel. +39 0565 968306

Slow Food Presidium Producers’ Coordinator
Massimo Bernacchini
Tel. +39 348 7304261 – 0564 860611

Slow Food Presidium Coordinator
Massimo Bibbiani
Tel. +39 0586 760095


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