The Origin Of This Delicious Meal In A Bowl

In our sort of chilly Southern California winters, sometimes you just need to eat something warm and nourishing. Fortunately, you have some options for getting the nutrition your body needs without sacrificing flavor. One such option is the cioppino bowl.

This flavorful fish stew is not just delicious, it is also historic. Its roots go back to Genoa, where fishermen would gather the leftovers from the day’s catch and chop them into a stew. The cioppino bowl itself was born out of that background from Italian immigrants in the San Francisco area.

There is some dispute about the origin of the name. Some say it comes from ciuppin, a Ligurian word in the Genoese dialect that means “chopped” or “to chop.” Others say it comes from the phrase il ciuppin, meaning little soup. Whatever the origin of the word, food historians say the soup was popularized in the Bay Area in the early 1900s.

The recipe has continued to be passed down through generations, and today we mix seafood sourced from the Pacific Ocean (e.g. clams, shrimp, scallops, squid, mussels, Dungeness crab) with fresh tomatoes and a wine-based sauce to yield this delicious soup. It is usually served with a good toasted bread for dipping. Unlike many soups, a bowl of cioppino is likely to keep you full all day so it is a great way to enjoy seafood and nourish your body.

Skip the blasé restaurants and head to El Segundo for this and other exciting dishes! We are serving up cioppino bowls for just $11.95. For more information about our menu, contact El Segundo Fish Co. Join us to enjoy fresh seafood in a fun atmosphere!