Sagra dell’Anguilla

The great eel feast!

The Great Eel Feast. We are huge funs of eel, especially japanese unagi, so there was no question about heading out to the 12th edition of this sagra in Breme this past weekend. The town is also famous for their sagra of the red onion, but if I had to choose the best one between the two, I’d have to say that they are both fantastic, with plenty of dishes to choose from and they’re also well organized.

Chiostro Abbazia S. PietroThe main difference is that this sagra is held just around the corner at S. Pietro’s Abbey, and not at the sports field. This gives visitors the opportunity to tour some parts of the abbey such as the kitchen area used by the friars back then, and also the crypt. We went to Sunday’s lunch seating and it must’ve been around 30°C – maybe that’s why it wasn’t so busy – but fortunately there was a breeze blowing across the cloister and tables were set in the shaded galleries.

Grilled eel
I can’t believe that this is the first time I’ve tried grilled eel in this way, with potatoes and tomatoes. Normally it would be in teriyaki sauce on sushi – yum!

Fried eel with potatoes
Fried anything is always tasty. And no, it doesn’t taste like chicken.

Sweetsour eel
In a sweetsour dressing with onions. MotH declared this dish as his favorite.

The local rosé, onion salad and eel risotto
The local rosé, raw onion & tuna salad, and eel risotto. The risotto wasn’t as eel-tasting as I had expected, but it was still pretty good.

Trout with olives
Last not but least, baked trout. The event is actually Sagra dell’Anguilla e della Trota, but trout plays second fiddle on the list of things to eat. See photos of the menu and sagra announcement.

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2 thoughts on “Sagra dell’Anguilla

    1. Rowena Post author

      I remember how much Satoshi likes eel from your restaurant posts, and I think it would be the coolest thing ever if a tour group from Japan should show up at one of these events (there are several all over Italy!). Me, I am just gonna remember to bring the teriyaki sauce next time!

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