Pantesca Salad

Pantesca Salad – Salad from Pantelleria – Recipe from

The first time we prepared this salad inspired by Pantelleria’s flavor gems – capers – we were not in the tiny island of Pantelleria, in Sicily. We were actually upstate New York, in New Paltz, at the dreamy farm of Ray Bradley. We were kicking off a new Gustiamo tradition: a Ferragosto (15th of August) celebration with Ray, our absolute favorite farmer. We cooked a full menu for 60 (sixty!) people, marrying together Ray’s fantastic produce and some Gustiamo staple ingredients. Here’s an adapted version of the recipe for a smaller crowd and with a variation for those months when tomatoes are not in season.


Serves 4

Five potatoes, boiled in salted water
Six fresh tomatoes, or a jar of Piennolo tomatoes
Three shallots
A handful of chives
Five anchovies, rinsed and filleted
30 capers
Eight caperberries, soaked overnight

How to make Pantesca Salad

  1. When cold, cut the boiled potatoes into large cubes.
  2. Wash and cut the tomatoes into big slices. If using Piennolo tomatoes, add them as they are, straight out of the jar.
  3. Thinly slice the shallots.
  4. Carefully rinse the capers.
  5. Cut each anchovy fillet into three parts.
  6. Finely chop the chives.
  7. Drain the caperberries and combine all the ingredients in a big bowl.
  8. Season with abundant extra virgin olive oil and NO salt. Set aside for up to 2 hours before serving, allowing all the ingredients and flavors to blend.
  9. Serve with a slice of bread.

Regional recipe from Sicily

Enrico Massetti was born in Milan, Italy.
Now he lives in Washington, DC, USA.
Still, he regularly visits his hometown
and enjoys going around all the places in his home country
especially those he can reach by public transportation.

Enrico loves writing guide books on travel in Italy
to help his friends that go to Italy to visit
and enjoy his old home country.
He also publishes books on the Argentine tango dance.

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