SKU: 4831
  • Scalia Anchovy Fillets in Olive Oil


Scalia Anchovy Fillets in Olive Oil

2.8 oz - Sicily, Italy

Scalia is known for its anchovy fillets packed in extra-virgin olive oil! Many brands use second-press oil or a less flavorful oil like sunflower or soybean. These anchovy fillets in EV olive oil have been aged for at least 12 weeks, which creates a richer anchovy with more complex flavors.

This little fish is a small, warm water relative of the herring, a Northern European staple. And just as the peoples of the north salted their herring to preserve them, the anchovy has long been salted by fishermen and packers in the Mediterranean, where it is a staple.

Anchovies are packed in one of two ways: Sicilian blue fish fillets that are packed in olive oil (that is, the good ones are packed in olive oil!), either in jars or cans, and whole salted fish packed in salt, often in large cans.

What is most important about these little Sicilian blue fish fillets is that they are only taken during the proper season—otherwise, they will have a mushy texture when they are preserved—and cleaned and salted as soon as possible after they are caught.

Because of Scalia's attention to detail, it is possible for us to discover the flavor and texture of the ancient Mediterranean.

From one end of the peninsula to the other, Italians use these little, aromatic, preserved fish in almost any conceivable dish.

While in the south, they seem to show up with practically the same frequency as they use olive oil, they are also a common addition to numerous sauces, salads, and other dishes in the north.

Scalia Benedetto has been one of the top Sicilian companies for preserving fish since 1973. While they're neither as large nor as old as their major competitors, this allows them to do things the old-fashioned way, and the difference is clear in the flavor and texture of oil-packed fillets and salt-packed whole anchovies.

The company was founded by Benedetto Scalia in Sciacca Thermae on the Agrigento coast of southwest Sicily, a city famous for its fishing fleet. Their anchovy products are carefully processed by the women of Sciacca using traditional techniques.

Keywords: Anchovy, Fillets, Olive, Oil, anchovies


Average Rating:
(based on 4 reviews)
Perfect Pantry
This is the jar to have if anchovies aren't part of your norm. One fillet changes up a salad or add one to a nice simple pasta dish. Easy to store on the door of your reefer, good quality ensures that they will keep for awhile and not fall apart like so many brands.
Fragrant & tasty
Lovely. With most anchovies you end up just getting a harsh mouthful of salt. These are bursting with flavor and piquancy, yet mild and aromatic. I put a few on a homemade pizza and it was wonderful! A must for anchovy fans.
by Pam
So good
These are so meaty and delicious, it's hard to resist eating them straight from the jar.
by Lisa
These are the sweetest, cleanest tasting anchovies I think I’ve ever had
These are the sweetest, cleanest tasting anchovies I think I’ve ever had—they would be the best gateway anchovies for supposed anchovy haters. I would recommend trying them on your favorite crusty white farm bread slathered with good butter to fully appreciate them. I think putting them on a pizza and making them compete would be a shame.