Fresh local sea food & “Old Engine Oil”

It was a lovely evening in the harbor resort town of Rockland, Maine.

The Hill Team strolled from their historic Inn, The Captain Lindsay House, along the shore line and down Main Street to Almalfi.

While Maralyn and Norm spoke with one of the owners, Nancy Wood, at their water-view table, they dined on oysters Rockefeller and Shrimp with Garlic. Dave, owner and chef, was willing to share his recipe for the Shrimp with Garlic.

Shrimp with Garlic (Serves 4 or 5)

3 Tabl olive oil

1 pound fresh gulf shrimp (16-20 per pound)

2 Tabl garlic, chopped fine

1/2 cup white wine, medium bodied

1 Tabl Buerre Maine (2 tsp. butter, 1 tsp. flour mixed together and helps thicken sauce)

1/2 lemon, juiced

2 Tabl butter

1 Tabl parsley, chopped

salt and pepper to taste


Heat a medium sized sauce pan.

Add oil and gulf shrimp.

Turn shrimp over, add wine before garlic and shallots get any color.

Add garlic and shallots when shrimp begin to turn red.

Add Buerre Maine, lemon juice, butter and parsley.

Salt and pepper. Do not over cook shrim

Serve over grilled baguette slices.

While Maralyn and Norm were enjoying their shrimp, Brenda met co-owner, Dave Cook, at the bountiful raw bar. She feasted on a variety of plump and succulent local raw oysters from North Haven, Winterport and Pemaquid.

They were served on ice with cocktail and mignonette sauces.

A perfectly pan seared scallop was so fresh it nearly jumped from her plate. Best of all, the knowledgeable bar tender paired her sea food with the perfect Scottish beer, named – Old Engine Oil. Yet it tasted like newly brewed ale.

The team finished their savory seafood medley with local lobster gnocchi, rich, buttery, decadent and deliciously satisfying.

There were so many treats to try that they will definitely return.

Bouillabaisse is presented in the true French tradition with roulle (includes 1/2 Maine fresh caught lobster). Amalfi also serves a traditional Spanish sea food paella with local lobster, shrimp, scallops and mussels. The Hill’s heard the famous crab and lobster pie is often gone before 6pm.

No room for dessert, but all are original and created on the premises.

Amalfi on the Water

12 Water Street

Rockland, Maine 04841

Phone 207 598 0012

While visiting Rockland, you may want to stay at one of the Historic Inns of Rockland. All four are wonderful and have specials going all year long–even January with Pies on Parade.

Maralyn D. Hill and Brenda C. Hill
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