With the country's long coastline as well as many lakes, Italians have a wide variety of seafood to choose from. A visit to an Italian fish market will reveal fish and shellfish of every description, many unknown outside of Italy. Italians tend to prepare their seafood very simply, without a lot of elaborate sauces. Shellfish are often simply grilled or fried, although many frequently turn up in pasta sauces, salads, and risotto.
This is a traditional Sicilian dish using fresh sardines that are stuffed, rolled and baked. Prepared in this manner, the sardines are said to resemble the beccafico, a tiny bird that becomes fat from gorging on figs.