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Nettuno Colatura "Anchovy Sauce" - Cetara, Campania, Italy - 3.3 oz

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  • Made from an ancient Roman recipe of Italy's Amalfi Coast
  • Extracted from anchovies packed in chestnut wood barrels for at least five months
  • Unique, precious anchovy sauce part of Italian Slow Food Presidia of protected foods
  • An aromatic and fragrant saline liquid that enhances any dish! Mix a teaspoon of Colatura with some olive oil, garlic, lemon zest and parsleyfor a wonderful pasta sauce
  • A glass bottle of 100 ml - 3.3 oz

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Anchovies, sea salt

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Colatura di Alici is an ancient convenience food (thought by most to be what ancient Romans called garum) that adds great anchovy flavor to a dish without having to fillet, rinse and chop the fish. It's essence of anchovy.

Our Colatura comes from the enchanting little fishing village of Cetara on the Amalfi coast. When the fish are caught in the summer, the Cetaresi throw them into wooden barrels, alternating layers with handfuls of sea salt.

Then the fish are pressed down with a lid weighted with rocks. By December, the anchovies have produced a fragrant translucent amber juice. A hole is poked in the bottom of the barrel and the colatura is drained.

To call colatura a cousin of Nuoc Mam (Fish Sauce) doesn't do it justice. It's richer and more aromatic than the Vietnamese brine in which fish have been pickled.

The most common thing to do with colatura is make a "salsetta" by mixing a few tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil with a clove or two of crushed garlic and a teaspoon of colatura. Toss this little sauce with spaghetti, or flavor swiss chard, escarole or potatoes.


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  • ASIN: B000CRIFGM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,918 in Grocery & Gourmet Food (See Top 100 in Grocery & Gourmet Food)
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It was the sauce which "made" the dish.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Home cook on June 26, 2010
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This is a geat seasoning. Use it sparingly at first. I find that the simplest pasta recipe involving Colatura may well be the best (3 parts excellent olive oil with garlic sauteed lightly, 1 part colatura, pinch of red pepper flakes, touch of parsley, salt & pepper to taste, toss pasta in this sauce). Distinctly different from (and better than) using the best available bottled anchovies.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Wisehands on July 27, 2013
Colatura is a sauce made from the essence of anchovies. It is more refined than the fish sauces of Asia. After you understand how it is made, you can greater appreciate what it is and why it costs what it costs.

The colaura is made in Cetara, a small town near Salerno on the Italian Amalfi coast. Only anchovies that are caught by the old method of purse seining (lampara) from about April through July, when the fish have less fat, are used. The processing is done by cleaning the anchovies by hand and then putting them in a container, sprinkled with salt, for twenty-four hours. Then several layers of anchovies are placed inside an oak or chestnut barrel cut down to a third called a terzigno, alternating with layers of salt, until the terzigno is filled. A wooden cover is placed on top and then a heavy marine stone is placed on the cover, which presses down on the contents. After a while, a liquid surfaces above the cover. It's collected and put into five-liter bottles with fresh oregano leaves, plugged up, and exposed to the summer sun. As the heat evaporates the water in it, a very concentrated liquid forms.

At the end of the summer, between October and November, the liquid is returned to the terzigno, filtering slowly through the anchovies that were left to mature in the barrel, picking up even more flavor on the way. In December, a hole is poked into the base of the barrel with a tool called a "vriale," allowing the liquid to drip into special glass containers. The result is a mahogany-colored, salty liquid with great concentrated flavor.

One liter of colatura is made from about five and a half pounds of anchovies. In 2011, the entire production of colatura by the producer was only 700 liters. The entire process is by hand. Hence the price.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Honest Reviewer on November 2, 2007
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Here's a wonderful "secret sauce" you can keep on hand to perk up, salads, pasta, fish dishes, or any other foods that need a burst of complex flavor that you will find nowhere else. This magical elixir imported from the Amalfi Coast of Italy is an absolute "must have" in any gourmet kitchen. I recommend it without hesitation.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Georg on January 7, 2012
I received this sauce as a Xmas present. Returning home after 2 weeks, there were slim pickings for a light dinner. I boiled up some angel hair pasta, added some of my anchovy sauce, olive oil and pecorino. It was wonderful! Am not taking any credit for my cooking. It was the sauce which "made" the dish. It is a little expensive- and it's worth it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 26, 2011
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I am glad there are companies like Gustiamo that carry these unusual goods. Colatura is an item for the kitchen like wasabi, balsamic vinegrette, saffron threads ... items that have no ready substitute at all. An excellent addition to my kitchen, and the product was delivered in a timely manner and well-packaged by Gustiamo. This is not an item you want coming open during shipment!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Palmer on June 17, 2011
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This is a great product if you like anchovies. It is pretty pricy for its size but cheaper than similar products offered on Amazon. Service from Nettuno was great.
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By luce on January 12, 2015
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delicious, hard to come by anywhere local so I saw this and jumped on it.. great in salads. drizle over cous cous.. or saute garlic. minced onion with red pepper flakes and a drizzle of ' alice ' ( ah lee ja ) over spaghetti this is aglio olio and so tasty ! think you don't like anchovies and yet it is in many other prepared sauces you use... it just melts and what remains is a savory flavor. sent quickly, beautiful bottle Italians do make lovelu bottles great on the table with your condiments
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The ultimate secret ingredient!

The bottle itself is attractive and the beautiful amber color of the contents make this an attractive addition to your pantry or counter. This fish sauce is the secret ingredient in many Italian dishes, from fish to pasta. As a matter of fact it is a mainstay in many Venetian kitchens.

Anchovy sauce (Liquamen) is very salty so it is best to add it before adding salt to your dishes. Add in small amounts, tasting as you go is the best method to conserve both the sauce and to make sure you do not over season. The sauce does have a fishy smell but it is not as strong as one would think and does not have a particularly fishy flavor. It pretty much is pure umami and salt.

Since using this fish sauce in a few of my dishes I have noticed a greater appreciation of them by those who have no idea I have added it. It does add a richness of flavor to just about anything. Since people's attitude towards anything "anchovy" is odd I find it best to keep my secret.

If you are attempting to replicate some old Roman dishes this sauce is a decent stand in for Liquamen (often called garum)
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