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Marche in pictures + Ancona
In brief +
Famous across the globe, ascolana olives are typical of the province of Ascoli Piceno. You will often find them stuffed with meat and then fried, a dish widely enjoyed by the locals.
Although on the coast most things are based around seafood, as you move inland, the flavours become more varied. When visiting the Marche region, you'll find the 'vincisgrassi' impossible to resist. A lasagna made with meat and tomato sauce; it is usually prepared with browned garlic, onion, celery, carrots, and a mix of bacon and ham, to which chicken and crushed tomatoes are then added. Once the layers of lasagna are ready and separated by the meat-based tomato sauce, the dish is covered with a layer of béchamel sauce and placed in the oven.
Along the entire length of the Marche coast there is a mix of tiny villages and large cities where in summer, throngs of tourists mingle with the local fisherman, who still use tradtional methods to supply the region with all its fish. Here, the speciality is fish brodetto, which is prepared slightly differently from restaurant to restaurant.
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