Cuttlefish is a great gastronomic icon of Dalmatia, prepared in various ways, and the most famous recipe is black risotto. The origin of the dish is Italian; the recipe was probably invented under the influence of Venice and Trsat. The black coloring is extracted from the cuttlefish during preparation and it is added afterwards to the cooked risotto. The fresher the cuttlefish is, the more intense will black color be. This dish is for true lovers of everything that comes from the sea. Some people prefer it as a light appetizer, although it is nutritious and tasty enough to be eaten as a whole meal. In Dalmatia, the black cuttlefish risotto is sometimes prepared as a lean dish for Christmas Eve.