Cioppino (pronounced chuh-PEE-no) is considered San Francisco’s signature dish, and no trip to this West Coast city would be complete without a bowlful of this delicious Cioppino seafood stew. Because of the versatility of the ingredients, there are numerous recipes for it. Cioppino can be prepared with a dozen different kinds of fish and shellfish. It all depends on the day’s catch of your personal choice.
You will not believe how easy it is to make this Cioppino. The key to this recipe is experimentation. Be creative with this fish stew: Leave something out, or substitute something new. Serve cioppino with a glass of your favorite wine and hot sourdough bread.
History of Cioppino: This fish stew first became popular on the docks of San Francisco (now known as Fisherman’s wharf) in the 1930s. Cioppino is thought to be the result of Italian immigrant fishermen adding something from the day’s catch to the communal stew kettle on the wharf.
The origin of the work “cioppino” is something of a mystery, and many historians believe that it is Italian-American for “chip in.” It is also believed that the name comes from a Genoese fish stew called cioppin.
San Francisco Cioppino Recipe: