Tortiera di Alici (Italian Baked Anchovies)

Tortiera di alici or Alici in tortiera is a traditional Italian dish, typical of Naples where every family has its own version. Layers of fresh anchovies alternate with a mix of bread crumbs, capers, garlic, and parsley. You can add tomatoes to the mix, as well as olives or different herbs.

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
2 hrs
Total Time:
2 hrs 45 mins
4 servings


  • 1 pound fresh anchovies, rinsed

  • 2 cups white vinegar

  • 7 ounces dried bread crumbs

  • 2 tablespoons capers, minced

  • 2 tablespoons minced Italian parsley

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, or as needed


  1. Slice open the bottom of each anchovy and pull out the bone. Open each fillet as you would a book and arrange in the bottom of a shallow dish. Pour white vinegar on top. Marinate in the refrigerator for 2 hours. Drain and discard the vinegar.

  2. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Brush a baking dish lightly with olive oil.

  3. Mix bread crumbs, capers, parsley, and garlic together in a bowl.

  4. Sprinkle some of the bread crumb mixture into the bottom of the baking dish. Arrange some anchovies in a single layer in the baking dish, still open like a book. Brush lightly with olive oil; cover with some of the bread crumb mixture. Repeat layers with remaining anchovies, olive oil, and bread crumb mixture.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven until top is crispy and lightly browned, about 20 minutes.

Editor's Note:

Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of vinegar. The actual amount of vinegar consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

412 Calories
15g Fat
37g Carbs
30g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 412
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 15g 19%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 68mg 23%
Sodium 610mg 27%
Total Carbohydrate 37g 13%
Dietary Fiber 3g 9%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 30g
Vitamin C 3mg 16%
Calcium 265mg 20%
Iron 6mg 35%
Potassium 550mg 12%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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