Le Marche’s Culinary Classics

Italian food has had a massive impact on the British diet in the past few decades.

Did anyone manage to see any of More4 Goes Italian this weekend? I watched some and thought it was great. I particularly enjoyed watching the Top 10 Italian classic dishes presented by Michela Chiappa. It really did make me hungry (particularly the tiramisu!) and also made me want to get in the kitchen and start cooking all of my favorite Italian classics. Just in case you missed any of it, you can catch up and add recipes to your online scrapbook here.

Le Marche is lucky enough to be a region with a long (and award winning) coastline as well as fertile soils for amazing fresh fruit and veg and the prized Marchigiani cattle. As a result, in addition to the Italian Classics featured over the weekend on More4 that we Brits have come to love and enjoy as part of our regular diet, Le Marche has some of it’s own classic dishes:

1 – Olive All’Ascolana – These tasty treats from Ascoli Piceno are olives which have had the stones removed, and are stuffed with a mixture of pork and veal and then dipped into breadcrumbs and deep fried. Yum! They are eaten as an antipasti and are a staple at any sort of celebration. In Ascoli Piceno you can enjoy these from the Migliori street vendor stall, and eat them really hot out of a cone. A real speciality – just try not to eat a whole dish at once!

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2 – Brodetto – This is a fish stew from the Ancona area. It has a tomato base and tradition specifies no less than 13 different types of fish! The Ancona tourist office have published a version of this classic regional recipe which can be found here
3 – Vincisgrassi – This is a delicious, rich and creamy white lasagne. Here is a recipe for this delicious alternative to the traditional lasagne. Let’s see if we can get Vincisgrassi into the British public’s top 10 Italian classic recipes next time round!

For more culinary treats from the Le Marche region, have a look at Marchigiani Chef Fabio Trabocchi’s cookbook, Cucina of Le Marche.

Wine tasting at Dezi

Dezi Vineyard

We have been wine shopping to choose some treats for our guests at Casa Val d’Aso!

We called in at Dezi on our way back from Servigliano recently. We were greeted warmly and offered wine to taste. Laura explained to us about the grape varieties in each wine as we tasted and tasted some more. The Dezi winery has a range of two white wines and three red wines from €8 to €25 a bottle. The two reds – Solo and Regina del Bosco – are the most expensive price point and both are delicious, although we finally settled on Solo as our favourite. Of the two whites, Solagne is the cheapest and the drier wine, while P. is a syrupy honey coloured blend. We preferred Solagne after much deliberation. So, after lots of wine tasting ( it’s no problem for them to open all the bottles for you) we bought a box of mixed wines and were given some lovely bottles of their own olive oil to take away.

Laura also showed us the view from the terrace across their vineyards. Also, the Dezi team are currently having an extension and they hope to have a new, larger wine tasting area with a first floor open air terrace with fabulous views over the vineyards. Perfetto!

You can see the Dezi Facebook page and give these guys a “Like”!