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Frutti di Mare: A Seafood Lover’s Delight

The Waterfront: A Seafood Lover’s Delight

Frutti de Mare
Frutti de Mare

Frutti di Mare, translating to “fruit of the sea” in Italian, is a seafood dish that epitomizes the ocean’s bounty. This iconic Italian pasta creation brings together the freshest seafood with a rich, homemade arrabbiata sauce. Let’s delve into the history of this culinary marvel and discover why the Frutti di Mare at The Waterfront restaurant is a gastronomic dream come true.

A Brief History

The exact origins of Frutti di Mare are shrouded in mystery, but its roots are believed to stem from the Roman Catholic tradition of abstaining from meat on holy days. Coastal communities would turn to the ocean for sustenance, crafting dishes that highlighted the seafood available to them. This tradition crossed the Atlantic with Italian immigrants, who continued to prepare this delightful seafood feast, enriching American cuisine with this timeless dish.

The Dish

Frutti di Mare is a true symphony of flavors, featuring a medley of mussels, clams, scallops, shrimp, and squid. These ocean treasures are sautéed to perfection in a garlic and olive oil sauce, creating a harmonious blend of textures and tastes. The secret to this dish lies in the careful preparation—each element is cooked just enough to be tender and succulent, avoiding the common pitfall of overcooking seafood.


  • Mussels: Provide a briny, oceanic flavor that forms the base of the dish.
  • Clams: Add a sweet and delicate taste, balancing the mussels’ brininess.
  • Scallops: Known for their sweet, buttery flavor and tender texture.
  • Shrimp: Offer a firm yet juicy bite, bringing a slight sweetness to the dish.
  • Squid: Adds a chewy, slightly sweet texture that complements the other seafood perfectly.
  • Garlic and Olive Oil: The foundation of the sauce, infusing the seafood with rich, aromatic flavors.
  • Juicy Tomatoes and Fresh Basil: These ingredients add a bright, fresh note to the dish, enhancing the natural flavors of the seafood.

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The Waterfront’s Frutti di Mare

Located on Anna Maria Island, The Waterfront restaurant offers a version of Frutti di Mare that stands out even among the finest Italian seafood dishes. Their interpretation features diver scallops, plump shrimp, flavorful mussels, and succulent clams, all brought together in a rich garlic and olive oil sauce. The addition of juicy tomatoes and fresh basil gives the dish a vibrant freshness, while perfectly cooked linguine serves as the ideal base for this seafood medley. Moreover, this gluten-free option ensures that everyone can indulge in this seafood lover’s paradise.

Why It’s an Epicurean’s Dream

The Waterfront’s Frutti di Mare embodies the essence of a perfect seafood dish. Here’s why it captivates food enthusiasts:

  • Freshness: Sourced locally, the seafood at The Waterfront is of the highest quality, ensuring maximum flavor and freshness.
  • Balance: The dish boasts a delicate balance of flavors, from the rich garlic and olive oil to the zesty tomatoes, creating a harmonious and memorable dining experience.
  • Texture: Each bite offers a delightful contrast, from the tender scallops to the juicy shrimp and the slightly chewy squid.
  • Scenic Views: Dining at The Waterfront is a feast for the senses, offering stunning views of Tampa Bay that complement the exquisite flavors of the dish.


Frutti di Mare is not just a dish; it’s a celebration of the sea’s bounty. Whether enjoyed during the Feast of Seven Fishes or on a casual evening out, this Italian classic will transport you to a place of pure indulgence. Visit The Waterfront and let the flavors of Frutti di Mare take you on a culinary journey you won’t soon forget.

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