Originally Posted by buckytom
oops, i put my answer for tonight on last night's thread.
since i was at helping my parents' at their house all day yesterday, and i have to work a double tomorrow, dw's taking the afternoon off and is going to the malls to return/exchange gifts.
so the boy and i are gonna go to a fish market and either get some shellfish for a cioppino/zuppa/marechiare (anyone know the difference between these? they seem to be interchangeable names in most restaurants), or if the trout is fresh, i'll make my balsamic and herb veggie stuffed baked whole trout.
So, Buckytom, you got me thinking and I pulled out my Larousse (which hasn't left the shelf since I graduated two years ago!) and found this out.
Cioppino - "A dish from San Fancisco consisting of a stew of white fish, large prawns (shrimp), clams and mussels, with a garlic, tomato and white-wine base."
There were no listings for zuppa (except for zuppa ingleze which is a wonderful dessert) or marechiare.
However, we did make a marechiare, which was mussels and clams with fresh Plum tomatoes and shallots.
As for zuppa, from my understanding, it is an italian term and used for many different "soup-like" dishes. I may be wrong on this one.
Hope that helps. Or are you sorry you asked?