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For perfect octopus, one must have patience.

Ready for a simple octopus recipe with emphasis on easy-to-make sauces? Grab the nearest fresh cephalopod and try this dish from  NYC trattoria and crudo bar Isola, by executive chef Victor LaPlaca.

The hardest part of making this recipe is waiting for the octopus to cook. The great thing is, you’re under no obligation to hang out while that’s happening. Roast the tomatoes for the tomato jam ahead of time (like maybe while you’re waiting four hours for your octopus to tenderize) and focus on presentation for a first course that will truly impress your dinner guests.