The Fishes The Programme The Commemorative Platter
This annual event takes place in Marta the last weekend in May.
Marta is as those of you have been reading this blog for awhile now will know is a small Italian town on the shores of the Lago di Bolsena, where life is still very dependent on the harvests from the land and lake.
Thirty six years ago a group of Martani, as residents of Marta are known founded a cultural circle in memory of Alberto Lisoni. It is from this organisation that the Sagra del Latterino has grown to become a very popular event within the Viterbo region.
For the event more than eighteen tons of lattarini are floured, then fried in local olive oil, not ours, then served up on the commemorative platters. A fun evening, tasty fish and a platter to take home, excellent value for a ten euro menu.
Lattarini fritti su piatto di ceramica decorata (il piatto resta all'ospite)
pane e limone
bread and lemon
I have also included a description of the fish for those of you that are curious.
Latin name: Atherina boyeri (Risso
Family: Aterenidi Atherinidae
Morphology: Tall and small body with a green-grey and black-pointed rear; a lateral silver band, clear abdomen, two grey-silver pins on the back:the first one inserted behind the vertical joining the chest rear edge with the abdomen pin centre; a clear silver band is on the flanks, nearly the 4th and 5th scales row.
Size: 12 cm, rarely 15 cm ( at 5 years old)
Habitat: it lives in much numerous shoals in fresh and brackish water; it's present in some central Italy lakes, including Lago di Bolsena It's a very savaged species by other fishes and so it represents an important alimentary chain link .
Feeding: planctonic invertebrates
Reproduction: Is during spring-summer seasons, it deposits about 600 eggs per female over a few days. The eggs have a 2mm diameter and they have protuberances with which they stick to the stones.
Their meat is quite good, and for this they are included in the local professional fishing activity and they are available in the fish markets, both the fresh or pickled.
A collage of photographs of our evening from my album on Flickr.com entitled Sagra del Lattarino Marta 2011
The video I share with you here today of the Sagra, is another excellent one made by webtony1 a friend and also a YouTube contact of mine whose videos I have used on News From Italy before.
Sagra del Lattarino 2011.mov
Link to last years post Sagra del Latterino 2010
Link to My Flickr Album for this year Sagra del Latterino 2011 - Flickr