Stockfish Rio style

Stockfish Rio style

A rich dish that speaks of the travels of the sailors who brought it to the island

Stoccafisso alla riese is a typical second course from the Island of Elba, specifically from the town of Rio Marina, which is located on the eastern side of the island, whose recipes are strongly linked to the territory but also to the culture and tradition of its people. It is a traditional recipe, which probably stems from the long voyages that Elban sailors made around the world, bringing back to their island fish such as stockfish, combined then with local products such as fresh vegetables typical of the area and salted anchovies. It is a main course rich in simple ingredients, in which slow cooking ensures that the stockfish takes flavor from each ingredient while keeping the flesh of the meat soft and light.




Second courses


4 people

Preparation time

1 h


The stockfish should be cooked in an earthenware casserole dish. Slice the onion and sauté it in a cup of oil.
As soon as it begins to brown, add two or three green chilies, a few basil leaves and a little chopped parsley, salt, pepper and 500 g of peeled and pureed tomatoes plus salt. Let the tomatoes cook well and then add the chopped stockfish, still adding a generous glass of oil.
Then add black olives and pine nuts to taste, plus a few capers. Lower the heat and cook gently, diluting with a little hot water at a time when needed.
When the stockfish is cooked, sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese.


- 1.2 kg of stockfish
- One onion
- 500 g of tomatoes
- Two basil leaves
- Green chili pepper to taste.
- Black olives to taste
- Pine nuts to taste
- Capers to taste
- 4 tablespoons of EVO oil
- 80 g of Parmesan cheese
- Salt to taste
- Black pepper to taste

Mines of Rio Marina

Strategic location for the large amount of hematite and limonite immediately identified by the emperor as soon as he landed on the island as a strategic-military axis.
Location: Rio Marina

Paolina Beach

The beach is named after the islet a few meters from the shore, itself named after Napoleon Bonaparte’s sister who, according to a legend (probably created by a tourism entrepreneur in the 1960s) loved to sunbathe on these rocks.

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

While the Elban economy today is based on tourism, the fact remains that the people of San Piero and the west coast (Pomonte) have also lived and continue to live off their granite and marble

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