Brodetto (Fish Stew) Ancona-Style
You can use 2 1/2 to 3 pounds of any mixed fish--swordfish, squid, red snapper, shrimp, clams, mussels, and lobster. Clean the clams and mussels well and put them into the stew whole. When I make brodetto for a large group, I cook the whole lobster in the stew, then remove the meat from the tail, chop it, and put it in the stew. I put the whole remaining lobster shell on top for presentation.
Some versions of brodetto use saffron instead of red pepper flakes and white wine instead of vinegar. You can substitute rice for the bread, as well.