Italian food: traditional and genuine recipes Italian food: traditional and genuine recipes Articles Food and Wine Hill In Evidence SHARE Marca Fermana - Elisa , May 27, 2014 / 812 0 Indulge in the great Italian food : what you can eat in Le Marche’s Province of Fermo. Every year, the Province of Fermo attracts many tourists (for holidays or on a business trip) thanks to its cuisine, one of the most famous and characteristic of the region. Our culinary tradition boasts lots of typical Italian recipes and products well-known not only all over the country but also internationally, like the Vincisgrassi (a traditional lasagna that allegedly owe its name to the Austrian general Alfred von Windisch-Graetz) and the “Maccheroncini’’ of Campofilone, a type of egg pasta awarded with the prestigious PGI mark (Protected Geographical Indication). For those watching their waistline, we have wonderful news: it’s not all about pizza and pasta. The Adriatic Sea along our coastline is rich of oily fish (sardines, anchovies, herrings…) and this favoured the creation of many healthy dishes, among which the “brodetto” of Porto San Giorgio stands out (the “brodetto” is a fish soup whose ingredients can change depending on the city where it’s made). Fish like sardines and anchovies are important sources of Omega-3 fatty acids and calcium, and also a staple part of easy healthy recipes of the Italian “cucina povera”, a tasty cuisine made of simple and cheap meals. One of the most typical products is the “Ciauscolo’’, a soft, spreadable variety of salami that is usually combined with prosciutto and other types of salami in some tasty Italian appetizers. We don’t know exactly where it comes from, given that the provinces of Fermo, Macerata and Ascoli Piceno claim ciauscolo as their own invention, but we know where it’s got: the “Ciauscolo’’ has recently been awarded with the PGI mark (Protected Geographical Indication), as further acknowledgement of its high quality. Another popular Italian food in the Fermano area is the “Galantina”, a type of cold meat based on a mix of chicken, turkey and other ingredients that may vary, appreciated for its genuine taste. If you’re vegan or vegetarian, check out the high quality fruit and vegetable produced in the Valdaso (the valley of the Aso river). Get your organic food fresh from Valdaso farms, where you can choose from a huge variety of organic fruits and vegetables among which the peach deserves a special mention. If you’re craving apple pie or, better, “torta di mele” as we would call it, then why don’t you try adding to your apple pie recipe our special “Mela rosa” ? Literally “Pink apple”, this is a unique variety of apple that grows within the territory of the Sibillini Mountains, renowned for its pleasantly sour taste and its aromatic flavour. For your sweet tooth, apart from the usual Italian desserts like tiramisu and gelato (ice cream) , our tradition offers recipes like “lu serpe” of Falerone and “lu frustingu”, typical pies made with coffee, chocolate, dried fruit and nuts usually served in the winter, while throughout the year you can taste our special “vino cotto” (similar to mulled wine) with handmade biscuits and cookies. During Carnival time, do not miss our soft and fluffy “frittelle”, little dough balls deep-fried in oil and dusted with sugar , or the crunchy and sticky “cicerchiata”, a cake made of deep-fried kidney bean sized dough balls rolled in honey. Moreover, our territory stands out for a special variety of extra virgin olive oil made from cold-pressed olives, the so-called “Piantone” of Falerone, and some famous Italian wines like Passerina, Falerio dei Colli Ascolani and Pecorino (all white wines) and the red wine Rosso Piceno. Enjoy the great Italian food in the province of Fermo: all kinds of restaurants, food and wine events and street food festivals are waiting for you…Trust us, your palate will thank us then!