ITALIAN RECIPES TRADITIONAL AND CREATIVE
The description and the Italian recipes of the sea fish
The gilt-head sea bream (orata or cagnina): description and Italian names
The gilt-head (sea) bream Sparus aurata is a fish of the bream family Sparidae found in the Mediterranean sea and the eastern coastal regions of the North Atlantic Ocean . It grows to about 27,55 in (70 cm) in length and LBS 35 (16 Kg ) in weight, but it also common to find it from hatchery. It is distinguished from other fishes in the family of Sparidae for a golden strip on its head and a large black spot on the gill cover. Snout is more than twice as long as the eye diameter. The back colour is light grey, the flanks are silvering with alternated brown and yellowish strips.
It is suitable for many preparations: baked, in foil, grilled (without scaling). The meat is white and thick.
For cleansing when cooked: remove the dorsal bones, then cut the flank and remove the central bone. When fresh the scales must be glittering, and the meat pinkish and thick.