Riso Nero

Black Rice

Preparation info

  • 4-6

    • Difficulty


Appears in

A Table in Tuscany

By Leslie Forbes

Published 1985

  • About

Riso nero was originally a Florentine dish, but it could have travelled to Elba with anyone from Cosimo de’Medici onwards. Don’t be put off by its appearance-riso nero means black rice and it is black it is (made so by the cuttlefish ink sac). But it’s also a wonderful dish.


  • 1 lb 8 oz/700 g small cuttlefish or baby squid


Wash the cuttlefish very well, taking care not to break the ink-sacs which should be cut off and kept aside. Chop the fish, including the tentacles, quite finely. In a deep saucepan heat the oil and cook the onion gently until soft, then add the cuttlefish. Simmer for about 10 minutes, then add the white wine. When this has evaporated put in the tomatoes, parsley, garlic, chili and salt & p