The cuisine of Le Marche is both simple and robust, and Maria's first course confirms this from the start: we start with lamb coratella, an elaborate dish which our Cesarina enhances with herbs like rosemary and thyme. We continue with bite-sized local antipasti with lasagna incassettata, a Marchese variation of lasagne.
As a second course, Maria offers a rich assortment of fried local meats typical from Ascoli and typical products of Le Marche, among which are olive all’ascolana (Ascoli-style olives) with a tasty meat filling and an impeccable breadcrumb coating. There are also cremini, little blobs of cream rolled in breadcrumbs. Their sweet flavour combines with the salty taste of the olives perfectly.
We continue with “n'grecciata”, one of the most fragrant dishes of the local tradition based on seasonal vegetables - usually peas, artichokes and fresh fava beans.
We end on a sweet note with funghetti di Offida, traditional mushroom-shaped biscuits infused with aniseed, and with homemade biscotti and little pastries.