I was lucky enough to be born in one of the best places in the world for food – Italy!
Tortellini, lasagne, pizza… many tourists have a long list of specialties to try when they arrive.
But what to eat in Italy?
Not many people know that Italian cuisine is very much regional: in the northern part specialties are veeery different from the specialties in the central or the southern part of the peninsula, and again, different regions in the same area do not always share the same dishes.
I strongly recoomend sticking as much as possible to the regional specialties of the place you are visiting – this way you’ll be sure to go back home satisfied and with a couple of kilos more!
You already know what to do in the beautiful yet relatively unknown Marche region, now you’ll discover waht you eat with this Marche food guide.
Next time the waiter will come, you’ll know what to order!
Starter: Olive Ascolane & Cremini
Olive all’Ascolana are stuffed fried olives typical of the Ascoli Piceno province: this special variety olives are so big that it’s easy to stuff them with different kinds of meat.
Cremini are deep fried custard cubes: they are known in some other regions as dessert but here they are a sweet starter… a good way to start your meal if you have a sweet-tooth like mine!
Ciauscolo is a regional variety of Italian salame (it’s the pink one in the image below): it’s a smoked and dry-cured sausage that remains very soft, so soft that can be spread on bread the same way you would do with a paté.
Main Course: Brodetto alla Sanbenedettese
Brodetto alla Sanbenedettese is, as the name says it, a fish soup typical of San Benedetto del Tronto, a town in the southern part of the region. The recipe comes from the old fishermen that prepared this dish with the parts of the catch that went unsold.
Fished used for the soups are cuttlefish, squid, weever, horse mackerel, white skate, sea-hound, monkfish, scorpion fish, shrimp and mantis shrimp; all of this is combined with white onions, red-green peppers, yellow peppers, unripe green tomatoes and extra virgin olive oil.
Frustingo is a typical dessert from the region, usually eaten during the Christmas season.
It’s a quite simple recipe, yet very energetic (and super good!): it contains dried figs, almonds, walnuts, sugar, pieces of chocolate, honey, cinnamon and nutmeg.
Liquor: Anisetta Meletti
In Italy you never end a big meal without an espresso and some kind of liquor.
Anisetta Meletti is a liquor produced for the first time in 1870 in Ascoli Piceno and made with aniseed and different herbs. Today the liquor is still made the same way it was made in 1870!