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Le Marche boasts the bounty of the sea and the wealth of the farm. Regional fish and meat dishes are often done either in a porchetta style using fennel, garlic and rosemary or potacchio (with onion, tomato, white wine and rosemary).
Some Le Marche specialities are:
Full bodied reds like Ancona's Rosso Conero and the popular Rosso Piceno. Most noted for its white wines - Verdicchio - Castelli di Jesi or di Matelica - best with seafood. Bianchello del Metauro is a traditional straw coloured white that is excellent with Le Marche's shellfish.
Some of these restaurants we have visited and recommend. Others have been recommended to us and we look forward to trying them out for ourselves. If you try them first please let us know, comments are welcome.
Any time of year we advise booking on Friday and Saturday nights as most of the restaurants are very popular with local people.
This sweet little restaurant is just down hill from our apartments - open throughout the year, every day throughout the summer season and Thurs/Fri/Sat/Sun the rest of the year. But check as it may change - around 30€ a head for two courses plus a bottle of wine.
Very convenient and very enjoyable. There is a good ambiance, a feeling of caves and candlelight. The menu is small but delicious. Starters are original and are thoroughly recommended. The meat dishes are tender but fish is not a speciality. Their local wines are particularly good. We are regular visitors.
There is a very good fish restaurant at the top of steps in Cupra Piazza on Via Adriatica - we believe called Le Pesche. This restaurant serves almost entirely fish. Fish menu very varied and very fresh. Vegetables and salad fresh but limited. We enjoyed our meal and intend to venture further with the menu.
Anita's is very much a family restaurant - tables seating up to thirty family members are regularly filled with several generations.
Workers from the area are also regulars. It is very reasonable in price and the menu is varied - local fish and meat dishes plus a variety of vegetables and salads. The menu hasn't changed the past year and a half but the service is friendly and fast and Anita's is worth a visit if you like experiencing a country as it is for its ordinary people.
Caff Vineria Castello di Marte is a delightful restaurant in the tiny medieval town of Cossignano. We have lunched there and simply asked the proprieter to bring a selection of his antipasti. The selections brought were delicious and enough without another course. Good wines there too.
This restaurant is considered by some as the best in the locality and will cost you approximately 30€ a head. Proprieter Michele Alesiani has interpreted recipes handed down by family relatives and serves them as a series of five small courses. His touch in the kitchen is delicate magic. He has some terrific wines but they come at a price.
For us, first came pecorino cheese with tomatoes in richly flavoured oil; a plate of meat and sausage served with foccaccia bread and oil for dipping; a lasagne layered with artichoke, cooked so that the top was brown and crispy.
The main course was rabbit cooked with an assortment of herbs or lamb on spinach. The three different desserts were served with enough spoons for us all to sample each of them.
The owner of the Osteria also has another restaurant specialising in pizza and pasta close-by:
It is worth a visit to sit on the terrace with its panoramic views. The food is middle of the road.
Camp and fun. Seafaring but glitzy ambience and their steaks are particularly good. Don't miss their starter of marinated pears with ricotta if it is on. The wine is good and we found the only crème caramel in town. Well worth a visit. About 40€-50€ a head including wine.
Ristorante Baloo is a local seafood restaurant on the beach front at Grottammare €20 per head for 2 course lunch, including wine
Le Marche is one of the major fishing areas in Italy and at Stella Marina they serve it up in a dazzling number of ways.
Dish after dish of fish and seafood in just about every permutation from lightly fried tiny, crispy fishes, plump grilled prawns, sautéed fillets of various white fishes, langoustine just out the boiling water, baked fishes brought in by the fishermen a few hours earlier, were served up. Each vying to be more delicious than the last.
Around 40€ - 50€ including wine.
Along the beach front between Grottammare and San Benedetto (nearer SB). Conspicuous by its white exterior. Very stylish and the food is excellent. The antipasta, a series of small offerings, seemed to go on for ever. Fresh fish cooked with potatoes and rosemary was served in fillets carved at the table by the chef. About 40€ - 50&euro, including wine.
Il Cladestino is a shack in Portonovo, just south of Ancona, serving "Italian sushi" and said to be delicious. It is an off shoot of the nearby La Madonnina del Pescatore, allegedly one of Italy's best restaurants. 0039 071 422
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