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Dry Scallops


Giovanni's Fish Market has been family owned and operated in Morro Bay for over 25 years. Their goal is to be able to provide their customers with the freshest and highest quality seafood that money can buy. They offer an online store where you can choose from a variety of different high quality fish like king salmon fillet, wild sushi grade tunas, along with some specialty items like abalone, caviar, halibut cheeks, live prawns, lobster, dry diver scallops and Mexican white prawn. Their new kitchen offers the best dine-in and take-out menu on the Embarcadero. They invite you to browse at their extensive seafood menu , and to check out their weekly lunch special that offer items from lobster tacos, grilled prawn quesadillas, and halibut burritos, to grilled seafood sandwiches. When you dine on their outdoor patio, you will enjoy the most scenic view of Morro Rock and Morro Bay Harbor. Giovanni's Fish Market is a family friendly environment. You should also take the time to visit their pets that just happen to be native sea lions named "Russell" and "One-Eyed Willy" while you enjoy some of their award winning dry diver scallops, or any other of their delectable treats.


For most of us, we aren't really familiar with what the term dry scallops refers to, but Giovanni's Fish Market is more than happy to educate you! Dry scallops are wild and all natural.  They are not treated with any chemicals of any kind. These scallops are harvested directly from the ocean, shucked on deck and then immediately frozen on the boat in order to capture their quality. Dry scallops caramelize naturally during the cooking process to a golden brown color that is very attractive when serving.  And, as you may have guessed, there is not a cost-added water weight with dry scallopsDry scallops generally have a natural vanilla color. Giovanni's Fish Market only sells dry scallops. Their dry diver scallops are very large is size, weighing in at almost a quarter pound per scallop! Giovanni's dry diver scallops are hands down the largest and finest scallop's money can buy.


So, how are dry diver scallops get from the ocean floor to your plate? Well, today, there is a large market for scallops that are harvested by divers. These scallops are caught by hand on the ocean floor, as opposed to being dragged across the sea floor by a dredge which causes them to collect sand. So as a result, the dry diver scallops tend to be less gritty. This mehtod can also be more ecologically friendly because this kind of harvesting method does not cause any undue damage to undersea ecology. In addition, the regular harvesting methods often result in delays as long as up to two weeks before the dry scallops arrive at market, which can cause the flesh to break down, and results in a much shorter shelf life. The largest wild dry diver scallop fishery is by far for the Atlantic sea scallop which are off the northeastern United States and eastern Canada. Most of the rest of the world's production of scallops are from Japan, which produce wild, enhanced, and aquaculture scallops, and China where they are mostly cultured Atlantic bay scallops.


If you are looking for the best dry scallops around, look no further than Giovanni's Fish Market. Giovanni's actually offers an extensive variety of different seafood. Giovanni's is a half restaurant, half fish market that has been serving the town of Morro Bay for years! You can go there for a great simple meal, like Fish and Chips or splurge a little with their fresh dry scallops, or you can just go all out and order up a 2 lb fresh boiled live crab! Whatever you choose, Giovanni's will deliver it to you fast and fresh!