I followed this recipe exactly and it was a hit with my Italian-American friends who can only get scungilli at their favorite restaurant. (I'm from "NORTH" Jersey ) I used canned Scungilli and drained it well and picked over and trimmed some of the pieces. A 16 oz can makes a small appetizer portion for 4 people. Use your best and fresh ingredients just like Jersey Joe says and you can't go wrong. This is a great exotic appetizer at a dinner party. When was the last time you were served Scungilli ? Perfect recipe !