Gaeta is a fishermen village. Not surprisingly, seafood is abundant and fresh, and prepared in many different ways. Maybe, the most famous is the Acqua Pazza ("Crazy Water"). It's a whole fish baked a bath of seawater, sea salt, white wine and cherry tomatoes, and drizzled with extra-virgin olive oil. The saltwater preparation renders the fish absolutely moist and flavorful.
Another Gaetan food is the Caniscione. It is a crescent-shaped fried calzone, stuffed with fresh cheese and other ingredients, like fresh tomatoes, olives, ham, basil leaves, depending on the personal creativity and taste of the cook.
The town is also notable for its distinctive brand of olives, marketed throughout the world.
A typical dessert is the Sfogliatella, made of countless paper-thin layers of flaky pastry with ricotta and candied fruits filling.
Another popular dessert is the world-famous Neapolitan Babà, a spongy cake soaked in Rhum. It exist in the cake-version, and also in the smaller one-portion version, that has the shape of a mushroom. It is very appreciated, to the point that when the locals want to say that something is really lovely, they say "è 'nu babà!" (meaning "it's a babà!").
The Pastiera is a local cake stuffed with ricotta cheese, wheat grains and candied fruit, and the pastry smells deliciously of orange blossoms oil.