Whilst in the Arkadia supermarket in Victoria, Gozo I spotted a really ugly fish, called a cippullazz according to its label. I asked Vince, the fishmonger, about it. He said that it was a blackbelly rosefish and expensive but a terrific fish to eat. I’d never even heard of a blackbelly rosefish before, let alone seen one, so naturally I had to buy it. Sorry about the photo, by the way, it was a wee bit difficult from the confines of a wheelchair.
I just cooked it simply by wrapping it in tin foil along with a splash of white wine, a good drizzle of olive oil, some herbs and seasoning, and a few lemon wedges. Then I baked it in the oven. The result was delicious! I would most definitely buy a blackbelly rosefish if I had the opportunity again. The flesh was delicate and white, despite the rather scary countenance of the fish itself. Try one if you get the chance!
I believe that the scientific name for this fish is helicolenus dactylopterus dactylopterus in case any of you would like to do further research. There’s quite a bit of information about the fish (plus a better photo) here. Personally, I don’t always want to know the exact details of what it was I just ate.