Branzino has become the fish of the moment, if not the fish of the day, across the country. The name sounds vaguely exotic and clearly Mediterranean. The fish comes in a convenient size, around two to three pounds, so it can be served roasted whole on the bone, boned and stuffed, or in fillets.
But what exactly is a branzino? Fish nomenclature can be quite confusing—as with Alaskan black cod, or sablefish, and hamachi, or yellowtail—and branzino is no exception.