Original Sicilian Pizza Company Calamari Bolognese

In the 70-80’s I owned a chain of restaurants in the Los Angeles area called The Original Sicilian Pizza Company. I have since sold the restaurants and the last one closed in 1988. These are some of the recipes that I had on my menu.

bolognese and spaghetti

Original Sicilian Pizza Company Calamari Bolognese

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Original Sicilian Pizza Company Calamari Bolognese

Bolognese is so good with Calamari. 
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Seafood Recipes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 10
Calories: 1047kcal


  • 4 pounds Squid cleaned
  • 2 cups Onions diced
  • 1/2 cup Olive Oil
  • 2 cups Carrots diced
  • 2 cups Celery diced
  • 1/2 cup Garlic -- minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon Saffron Threads
  • 1 cup Vermouth
  • 6 cups Tomato Sauce
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 pounds Breaded Squid Tentacles, Deep Fried
  • 4 pounds Pasta Ribbons -- al dente


  • Working in batches, pulse squid in a food processor until coarsely chopped. Refrigerate. Saute onions in olive oil until just wilted. Add ,carrots, celery and garlic and cook until softened. Crumble in saffron. When fragrant add squid and cook fast to evaporate liquid. Add vermouth and reduce to almost dry. Add tomato sauce, season and hold. Per order heat 2 cups sauce and re-heat about 8 ounces pasta. Toss to combine. Garnish with fried tentacles in a bowl blend all ingredients together well. You can allow this to sit overnight before serving. Mix with salad putting pepperchinnies on top and cheese. Yield: 24 servings.


Calories: 1047kcal | Carbohydrates: 158g | Protein: 58g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 475mg | Sodium: 907mg | Potassium: 1601mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 5070IU | Vitamin C: 26.5mg | Calcium: 159mg | Iron: 5.6mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home, and CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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