Another delicious meal by my good friend, Andy. This was also my first time ever having seafood stew! This was chock full of mussels, shrimp, squid, scallops, halibut and carrots, celery, tomato base and a tinge of fish sauce as a secret ingredient! Here is an interesting fact about Cioppino, or Italian seafood stew: it originated in San Francisco as a compilation of foods consumed at sea. It was developed in the late 1800s by Italian fisherman who settled in the North Beach section of San Francisco. It is a hodge podge of various regional Italian fish soups and stews.. Unfortunately I do not have an exact recipe - only photographs to drool over.