What is Calamari?

Calamari is one of the most popular menu items around Bolingbrook and Oak Park for good reason, and it’s quickly become a family favorite with our Salerno’s Pizza customers. And while some may know, others ask “Just what is calamari?” Calamari is the Italian word for “squid”,  though it may be difficult to recognize with its crispy batter coating! While the Italian dish is one of the best known, squid is a popular dish throughout the world – most prominently, in Europe and Asia.

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What Part of the Squid is Calamari?

Now you know what is in calamari, but the questions likely don’t stop there! What is calamari made of? What part of the squid is calamari?

  • Calamari is typically found in a ring shape. This is because the body of the squid is sliced thinly, creating rings that are the perfect size for frying. Though the tentacles are sometimes used in restaurants, the rings are what most Lyons diners imagine when picturing the dish.
  • Calamari has a mild flavor with a slightly sweet note, which makes it the perfect base for sauces. Generally, you’ll find calamari with options like our signature marinara sauce or garlic aioli to add zip.
  • Though there are hundreds of squid species around the world, there are only a select few used for culinary purposes. Only around a dozen squid species are consumed by seafood fans. And while wild squid can reach up to 80 feet in size, most culinary-grade squids are around a foot in length.

Is Calamari Good for You?

Calamari is both a delicious appetizer at Salerno’s Pizza, but is it nutritious? Squid is a great source of protein, but it is also packed with vitamins and minerals. Iron, potassium, phosphorus, and B12 can all be found in a serving of calamari. So the next time you place an order, don’t forget to add this crowd favorite!

Place Your Order at Salerno’s Pizza Today

We’ve gone through what is calamari and why it’s so popular, so why not give it a try at Salerno’s Pizza? Whether it’s your first order of calamari or your hundredth order, we’re always happy to share our family recipes with you! Contact us with any questions, or order online in the Chicago area.

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