Fusilli with marinated Zucchini, Garlic, and Mint in the style of Campania
Scapece refers to the pickling of fish or vegetables, similar to carpione and saor, a technique used throughout the Mediterranean. Scapece is the Italianization of the Spanish word escabeche. It’s an ancient technique of preserving food by first frying in olive oil, then marinating in vinegar, garlic, and mint.
Zucchini prepared this way are delicious as a side dish or as part of an antipasti spread, as you will find throughout southern Italy and Sardinia. For this dish, we cut the zucchini into small strips, and form into a sauce for fusilli, the curlicue pasta. It makes for wonderful physical and tasting sensations in the palate.