Our local coastline, known as Italy’s Trabocchi Coast, is quite unique because of the special fishing docks along its shores. Many of which have been transformed into elegant restaurants!
So just imagine this scenario. A beautiful day, warm and sunny. A romantic 40th anniversary dinner for two. Wine glasses clinking on one of the trabocchi fishing docks! Perfect! And quite impossible on our missionary budget, as meals run about €50 each. So we celebrated our 40th (on November 1 2016) much more simply!
And then we jump to April. Our dear friends, Massimo and Magdalena knew of our wish to eat on a trabocchi. (It never hurts to dream!) And surprised us with the gift of dining there! A lovely gift, even if 5 months late. And made even more special because of the wonderful fellowship and love! (And because the trabocchi are closed in November, due to cold weather.)
Abruzzo’s Trabocchi, or elevated fishing docks, project out over the turquoise sea much like giant insects on tall legs.
All of the trabocchi are still used for fishing. And each dock is comprised of at least one elevated platform, supported by trestles (or piles) anchored in the rock or sand. Long arms greatly resembling antennae extend from the platforms to support the trabocchetto or fish traps. These traps, made of fine mesh net and connected by winches, are what traps the fish as they are raised up, like a giant sieve.
Many of these amazing structures, still used for fishing, have also been turned into elegant restaurants! A beautiful blend of the practical and the romantic!
The trabocco we were on, Punta Cavalluccio (or Sea Horse Point), has a fantastic seafood menu, all fresh and exquisitely prepared. The service was elegant, with attentive waiters. And even the tableware was beautiful and unique!
Seeing these structures as we drive along the seacoast, they intrigued us, as they do most. So it was fascinating to say the least, to dine on one, and see the fishing nets, and even where they they prepare the food! And of course, everywhere we turned, were signs of the sea and fishing. Even the transparent floor window looking down into the crystal clear water!
Trabocchi dining truly is a special and romantic experience. Almost magical, I’d say!
We are so grateful for this special time in such a beautiful place, made even better by the presence of dear and special friends! We pray that the Lord will richly bless our dear friends for their generosity, which they lavish on everyone!!
And we really wish that you could all visit our special trabocchi!