Sburrita elbana

The dish that accompanied the miners' breaks

Sburrita or sburita is a typical Riese dish and, if done well, is really tasty. Sburrita or sburita refers to a fish soup flavored with herbs or vegetables. It is also known as "Buridda" in Liguria and Sardinia. While in Provence it takes on the name "Bouridde." Some recipes use cuttlefish or white meatballs with the addition of peas or artichokes, others with hake, garfish or monkfish tails. However, since it is a soup it will always have to be accompanied with croutons of toasted and possibly garlicky bread. The riese version is the best known in Elba and beyond. It has as its main component salt cod, an imported salted codfish available all year round. Cod sburrita was part of the convìo that miners brought to the workplace for their lunch break and heated on a stove provided by the mine administration or between two stones where a small hearth was set up.




First courses


6 people

Preparation time

1 h


In a saucepan, sauté the garlic clove, chili pepper and nepitella in oil. Pour cold water and cook for ten minutes.

Add the desalted cod cut into regular chunks and wait for it to come to the surface. This will take another 10 minutes. Season with salt. Arrange the toasted and garlicky bread in a bowl lay the cod, drizzle with the cooking broth and serve with a drizzle of oil.


- 1 kg of wet codfish
- 2 liters of cold water
- 6 cloves of garlic
- Chili pepper
- A few sprigs of 'nepitella'
- EVO oil
- A pinch of salt
- Twelve slices of toast

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Location: Rio Marina

Paolina Beach

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Location: Marciana

San Martino Villa

Designated as a summer residence, Napoleon purchased the property from the Manganaro family in 1814, with the intention of transforming it into a comfortable and refined abode that would have nothing to envy from Parisian residences.

Location: Località San Martino (Portoferraio)

Mulini Villa

Built in 1724 by Grand Duke Gaston de’ Medici, it was Napoleon’s city residence during his first stay on Elba Island.

Location: Portoferraio

Sanctuary of Monserrato

It was built as a sign of gratitude in 1606 by José Pons y León of the Dukes of Arcos, Spanish governor of Naples and first governor of the square of Longone (part of the state of principals). In September 1814 Napoleon, accompanied by Pons and Bertrand wanted to visit the sanctuary.

Location: Località Monserrato (Portoazzurro)

MUM Mineralogical Museum

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Location: San Piero in Campo

Port and Tower of Marciana Marina

Visit the harbor where Maria Walewska landed and the armed watchtower visited by Napoleon himself in 1814

Location: Marciana Marina