Grilled Calamari

Sicilian Summer BBQ

Enjoy a summer season BBQ, Sicilian style, featuring Chef Morsiani.

Warm Wishes from Huckleberry Hill! Several followers have contacted me, asking for some of my favorite prior posts. This was originally posted three years ago, I hope that it inspires outdoor grilling during this summer 2020.

Stay safe. Huckleberry Hugs, XO Maxine

Summer is grilling season.

Chef Manuel Morsiani has an amazing California connection with our Huckleberry Hill lifestyle. No wonder we became fast friends. We both love the outdoors. Especially in Sicily with the beautiful Mediterranean climate. People are obsessed with living ‘al fresco’

Do you think Zeus, Chef Manuel Morsiani’s adorable pooch would enjoy some grilled fish?


Most Italians grill over wood fires, and while they are a bit more cumbersome than flipping the ‘switch’ on a gas grill, the results are also much more flavorful. If you are committed to the ease of a propane grill, make sure to throw some wood chips onto flames. Another difference between Italian and USA style grilling is the Italians don’t slather on heavy BBQ sauce. They want the pure flavor of good quality products to shine through, mostly seasoned with herbs and wood smoke, and finished with a drizzle of good quality olive oil.

Don’t get me wrong, at Huckleberry Hill my ‘famiglia’ loves a good USA style BBQ with gooey caramelized sauces, but the Italian way of grilling provides a nice balance of flavors.

At Huckleberry Hill, we place a pizza stone on our BBQ grill making an easy outdoor summer pizza oven.

We also love to grill stone fruits or pineapple, for an easy dessert. We just place fruit direct on the grill, super simple. Jazz it up with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on the side, yummy! Buon appetito.

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-Sicilian Barbecue Calamari Recipe-


Clean the calamari

Gather ingredients:

2 lemons

2 garlic cloves

Bundle of fresh parsley

Bundle of fresh mint

½ teaspoon oregano

1 cup water

1 glass di olio extravergine (cup and a half of good quality extra virgin olive oil)

Set aside a bunch of fresh Rosemary, to ‘brush’ sauce on the calamari while grilling.


Squeeze the lemons and filter the juice of seeds. Wash the parsley and mint. Chop both herbs finely together and combine with the peeled garlic, add them to the olive oil in a bowl together with the oregano.

Heat one cup of water slightly and slowly add it to the oil, stirring constantly with a fork, add the lemon juice a little at a time, stirring constantly. At the end it must be a well emulsified sauce and will be ready for use.

Time to Grill:

Put calamari on barbecue to grill.

Use a small bunch of fresh rosemary well drenched to marinate the calamari during the grilling.




-About Acclaimed Chef Morsiani-

Manuel has become a dear friend. He is an expert in Sicilian Cuisine and a strong supporter of Huckleberry Hill Adventure, LLC’s focus on ‘Italian Influenced California living’. Follow Chef Morsiani on his culinary adventures. He is a highly trained professional chef trained in fine Italian dining.