You know cioppino. It's the fish stew that was "invented" in the late 1800s by Italian and Portuguese fishermen along the North Beach docks in San Francisco. Essentially, it's a "catch of the day" melange of crab, shrimp, clams, mussels, scallops, calamari and fish in seasoned tomato-based broth. When served with crusty sourdough bread, it's a full meal.
Now word comes from the 85-year-old Dante Club that it will host a cioppino dinner at 7 p.m. Saturday at 2330 Fair Oaks Blvd., Sacramento. The feast will begin with antipasti and salad, followed by risotto and cioppino, and end with tiramisu. Cost is $40 per person, benefitting the social club's scholarship fund.
"The cioppino is my Aunt Lena's recipe," said board member and dinner co-chairman Jim Casali. "(Club member and chef) Michael Talani will do the cooking."
For reservations and more information: (916) 487-9896.