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3 Ways to Elevate How You Eat Calamari in 2023

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When you think of calamari, you probably picture deep-fried rings paired with marinara sauce, but that is just one of many variations this popular dish has to offer. Interestingly enough, the name calamari actually comes from the sea creature we have to thank for this tasty dish: the squid.

Literally translating to “squid” in Italian, calamari can be prepared in several ways outside of how it is traditionally served at many restaurants today. If you’re looking to step outside of your foodie comfort zone and try something new, consider finding a local seafood joint that features calamari in one of these varieties the next time you go out to eat.

Calamari With Aioli

If you’re feeling a little adventurous but don’t want to stray too far from the classic calamari you know and love, give it a try with a side of aioli or another sauce that isn’t marinara. Some aiolis are made with olive oil and garlic, while others contain mayonnaise to help give them their thick consistency.

Aiolis come in several flavors that are complementary to the brininess of calamari. You may be surprised how well an aioli flavored with garlic, sriracha, or even avocado pairs with squid.

Calamares en Su Tinta (Squid in Ink)

You won’t see this on every seafood menu in your city, but if you can find a spot that offers this dish, you won’t regret trying it. Calamares en Su Tinta is more commonly known as squid in ink.

Just as it sounds, this dish involves cooking squid in a sauce made with its own ink. It infuses more popular ingredients found in Italian dishes, such as tomato sauce, garlic, white wine, and olive oil, to create a unique and unforgettable flavor profile. Most people find it surprisingly pleasant, considering it isn’t the most appetizing of dishes due to its inky color.

Raw Squid

Yes, calamari can be eaten raw, but only under the right circumstances. It must be incredibly fresh and be sourced from a reputable fishmonger or seafood market that can vouch for its quality.

You won’t see raw calamari as a menu option all on its own, however. Raw squid is most commonly found in sashimi dishes alongside raw tuna, salmon, or other mildly flavored seafood. 

Sashimi is a popular Japanese delicacy that takes skillful preparation. While many folks are uneasy about consuming raw seafood, it is completely safe when made properly, and most importantly, it's delicious!

Try Something New at Bar Enza

Whether you just want to stick with classic calamari or are ready to try it in a new way, Bar Enza has what you need. With the freshest, tastiest Italian and Seafood dishes, Bar Enza can satisfy all your calamari cravings. Contact us today for more information by calling (617)661-5050.