Le Marche has some wonderful hidden gems. From the simplest of pizzerias, cafes and locandas to the top end cuisine which can rival any Michelin starred restaurants. Usually offering incredible value, eating out in Le Marche need not be the extravagance of other Italian regions, but it is no less a treat.
You will be able to sample home-cooked and local produce with recipes passed down through generations. Here in Italy, regional dishes have their own distinctive style and you might be surprised to learn that many areas have their own variations of pasta.
Famed for its locally hunted wild boar (cinghiale), many Marche restaurants offer a version of ‘spaghetti bolognese’ called ‘papardelle al cinghiale’ which is delicious. Delightful dishes such as ‘Vincisgrassi’, a wonderful light lasagne, and ‘Olive Ascolane’, stuffed olives filled with a type of minced meat, breadcrumbed and deep fried, the ‘Crescia sfogliata’, a gorgeous flatbread from the Urbino area, all have their origins in Le Marche. Along the coast the famous fish “stew” known as Brodetto is another Marche speciality (there’s even a Brodetto Festival in Fano in September) with each restaurant insisting that theirs is the one and only!
And do not forget the amazing local produce such as Ciauscolo (a soft salami), Pecorino di Fossa (sheep cheese that sits in a sealed cave for months developing unusual aromas), the olive oils, the wines (outstanding and increasingly popular even outside Italy) and the truffles (that can be found throughout the region but are specially typical in the area around Acqualagna).
The restaurants listed are just a taster of the wide range of places to eat. When you stay at one of our properties the owners will be able to suggest restaurants that are perfectly tailored to your needs.
Amandola: Bella Napoli Via Zoccolanti 10, Amandola 0736 847619 Closed Mondays www.bellanapoliamandola.it
This is one of our favourites in the Amandola area. The service is always friendly and they have a great choice of pizzas for everyone. Their pizza bases are of the traditional Neapolitan style (neither too thick nor too thin). If you would like to add a topping or have one excluded from your choice, just ask! Try the calzone if you have never had one before, it really is delicious! Pizza prices start at around €5 and seldom go over €7. They also have a tasty choice of starters. We recommend the Ascolana olives and crostini. There is also a good steak sizzle platter with cherry tomatoes and rocket. House wine by the litre is very reasonably priced at around €3.50. Children, as ever, are very welcome.
Amandola: Trattoria Pizzeria Vecchio Moro at Lago San Ruffino, Contrada Santo Stefano, 14, 62020 Monte San Martino 0733 1890916
Just off the road between Amandola and Servigliano is San Ruffino lake where you will find a great place for pizza and pasta as well as grilled meats. Renovated in 2015, their delicious and enormous wood fired pizzas are incredibly good value – usually around 10 euro a head for pizza and vino. Open every day and run by a delightful friendly family. If there is a big football match on, they will lower a huge screen
Acqualagna: Osteria Del Parco Di Samuele Ferri, Via Mochi, 11/13, Acqualagna 0721 797448 closed Tuesdays www.osteriadelparco.eu
Nice outside eating area and good local food.
Near Acqualangua: Agriturismo Castellago Strada Castellaro,18 Acqualagna 0721 799090 closed Monday www.agriturismocastellago.wordpress.com
Tiny family agriturismo with local homemade food. Good first courses (ravioli, tortellini…). For a light lunch or dinner you can try their crescia (the local flatbread) with ham, cheeses etc. You can eat outside with an amazing view of the Apennines. (Closed Mondays and sometimes lunch on weekdays, but they may not open one day just because they’re busy elsewhere, please call to make sure).
Castello de Marte: Osteria Vineria, Piazza Unberto 1, 8, Cossignano Tel: 0735 98108/3280269801 Closed Tuesdays www.castellodemarte.com
Run by the charming Fabio, a small rustic osteria right at the top of the pretty old town of Cossignano. Outdoor tables overlooking a small piazza, almost like sitting in a film set! It’s a good idea to book in summer as this can be a very popular spot. The food is traditional with a typical antipasti of sliced cheeses, local prosciutto, olive ascolona, zucchini fritters etc, followed by a pasta course, then typically grilled meats. Try the after dinner local green mistra ( schnapps type liquor). Very small place and always a good idea to call Fabio and even pre order so he can prepare with fresh ingredients.
Also a lovely spot for apperitivi. Approx 25-30 euro per person.
Ceresola: La Conca, Loc. Cerasola, 44 – 63856 Smerillo (FM) 0734 79387 www.cibibuoni.it
Whilst in le Marche, whatever you do, do not miss the “La Conca” experience. Mirela, your host, warmly welcomes you to her wonderful agriturismo where you will sample dish after dish of her delicious home cooking. Using fresh herbs & vegetables from her orto, every dish is a taste explosion. A perfect setting with stunning views of the Sibillini Mountains, an amazing host & fabulous food. What more could you want?
Your waitress will talk you through the menu of the day (in Italian!) & you may sample dishes such as speck, borlotti bean and garlic pate, fried sage leaves and courgette flowers in a delicious light batter, local cheeses with strawberry and rose petal jam and amazing deep fried gnocchi breads, so crispy and light. Follow this with pasta shells cooked in red wine & with ricotta, pink peppercorns & borage, green nettle pasta with sausage and cream and tasty grilled lamb served with vegetables. If you have space, dessert, coffee & liqueurs are also included as well as wine & water of course!
La Conca is open every day in the summer months for lunch & dinner. In the winter they are open evenings & weekend lunches. Please call to book in advance (24 hours notice is great) as everything is freshly prepared for you. Price for the full menu around €25 per head, less if you don’t have every course. Also a great place for vegetarians but please mention this when you book.
Cingoli : Villa Ugolini, Via S.Anastasio 30, Colle San Valentino di Cingoli 0733 604692 www.villaugolini.it
The restaurant at the Hotel Ugolini is open every day from 7.30pm and specialises in fish dishes but also does meats. You will not be given a menu just a choice of what has been bought at the market that day. Very reasonable prices – about €25 per head for two courses and wine. The owner Pierino is very friendly and helpful and speaks a little English.
Cingoli: La Cantina Del Palazzo , Corsa Garibaldi, 87, Cingoli 0733 602531 Closed Monday
Owned by the most entertaining and knowledgeable, Francesco Castiglione, who quietly boasts to be the 40th Marquis in his line (we kid you not!) and with three Popes in his family ancestry. The pizzeria is in the coach house of the family palazzo. You can dine outside in the summer. The Cantina makes good, reasonably priced pizzas in a friendly atmosphere. The restaurant across the road in the Palazzo under the same ownership is also good but not perhaps as much fun!
Cingoli: La Taverna di Ro’, Via della Portella, 13, Cingoli 0733 604713 Closed Wednesday
Owned by an interesting character and an expert in food and wine, Nocelli Rossano. Ever confident of his restaurant’s competence he will reliably produce delicious Italian food that he expects you to enjoy. If you speak only English you might want to take an Italian phrase book with you. In such a popular and busy restaurant the owner, when trying to take an order from someone new to the art of ordering the food of Le Marche, can be a little grouchy! However, try hard to get your Italian right, if it is not understood he can give you a practiced look of utter disgust; you need to be fearless as the food is more than worth it! Tell him his food is great and he will produce the smile of a great and generous host! Families please note that he is very welcoming to children. So, is the food worth the bother of learning some rudimentary Italian and trying to make the host smile? Well, sometimes I think he serves the best pasta you will ever find, try the Calcioni! The steaks are delicious and generous and you can try the optional pepper sauce – a perfect combination!
Cingoli: Ragno d’Oro, Via Carducci, 2, Cingoli 0733 604090 Closed Tuesday
The Ragno d’Oro is the only restaurant we know that is on a roundabout! But because there is not much traffic and it also shares its grounds with a local park the “Golden Spider” is a perfectly situated restaurant and pizzeria. You can sit outside in the summer or have a booth inside if it gets chilly in the autumn. The service is friendly with some English spoken. They do great Pizzas as well as all the local pasta and meat dishes. Informal and great value for money.
Cingoli: Osteria del Foro, Località Castel Sant’Angelo, 4, Cingoli 0733 603031 Closed Monday www.osteriadelforo.com
Out in the country near Cingoli Lake. The views are stunning if you eat outside in the summer. They do great grilled meats and the biggest pizzas we have ever eaten. We took our niece’s children and they could not believe their eyes when the pizza arrived!
Cingoli: La Crescia, Fr. Pozzo, 160, Pozzo, 62011 Cingoli 0733 616205
Near Lake Cingoli, situated by two delightful waterfalls formed by a brook amongst green vegetation, the restaurant is renowned for the local pancakes, “la crescia” served with cold meats, cheese or spinach. It is a pleasant place to relax when it is hot as there is always a cooling breeze. You eat outside under a portico. It is very rustic with simple trestle tables and benches. The smell of the meats grilling on the charcoal grill is mouth watering.
Cingoli: Lo Smeraldo, Localita’ Castreccioni, 82, Cingoli 0733 612104 Closed Monday www.ristorantelosmeraldo.it
There are a number of professional restaurants in Le Marche and Lo Smeraldo is one of them. People travel from 50Km away at the weekends in the summer. The dishes rely on local produce with seasonal variations. The antipasti is a meal in itself and you probably will need nothing else unless you leave some space for the deserts that are also really special. In the summer there is an outside terrace. Non-Italian speakers must prepare for the lack of a menu and a machine gun delivery of the dishes available but don’t let this put you off!
near Communanza: Re Artu, Localita Baldoni, Montefortino 0736 844380 Closed Monday and Tuesdays
A great place to go on a warm summer’s night. At Re Artu (or King Arthur) they also have tables in the garden overlooking a pretty little valley. The restaurant is great for casual dining. Their very reasonably priced pizza menu starts from around €5. The bases are ultra thin and crispy for those who don’t like too much bread. Feeling hungry? Try the XXL with any toppings you like for €10.50.
For starters we recommend the thin focaccia with Proscuttio Crudo or cherry tomatoes and parmesan and the crostini or the Ascolana olives. Steaks and other mixed grills are also excellent here as well. Re Artu also specialize in Funghi Porcini and truffles feature throughout the menu, so if you are a fan, don’t miss! House wine is served by the litre for €3.50.
Comunanza: Locanda Del Gusto, Viale Dante 2, Comunanza 0736 525019 closed Tuesday www.locandadelgusto.it/eng/
A lovely atmospheric restaurant with something for everyone. Whether you want a quick light lunch or a celebratory evening dining experience. Located right on the high street in Comunanza, this bistro style eatery serves a small but excellent menu of locally produced dishes. Maria, the proprietor and chef, sets high standards both in service and quality of food. She carefully selects her fresh, genuine and local ingredients.
The menu changes regularly and the choices are both delicious and different from most other restaurants in our area. If it is available, the freshly made pasta with sausage and fennel is a must. Main courses start around €8 and they have an extensive wine cellar which are all D.O.C wines.
Cupra Marittima: Chalet Gabry, Via Adriatica Sud,6A,tel: 328 8444 552/348 372 8608 www.chaletgabry.it/ristorante.html
Such a cool and relaxed place, open from Easter until the end of September. They have a lovely beach side restaurant, specialising in fish with pizzas as well in the evenings. Great beach bar with sofas – this is the place to be for a sundowner cocktail. The food is fresh and not overpriced – they do a lunchtime tourist menu for about €18 which is very reasonable. They are also fine if you order just a large salad or a plate of fresh fruit rather than a whole 3 course meal. Our personal favourite meal would be seafood pasta (primo di pesce del giorno) followed by some quick fried fish (frittura mista dell’Adriatico) with some salad. After lunch you can hire a sunlounger and relax on the beach all afternoon. Good place for kids and teenagers and close to the wind surfing centre.
Falerone: Le Loggette, Falerone, on the right just before the roundabout if coming from Sant’ Angelo in Pontano 0734 710143 Closed Monday
This large restaurant is run by Fabio who produces much of the food from his own garden. It might not be apparent when you arrive, but there is a balcony at the back with stupendous views (though the net curtains are often closed for some reason!). If the weather is nice ask to sit ‘fuori’ (outside). Unlike many restaurants this place rings the seasonal changes and there are always different things on the menu. There is a set weekday lunch at a very reasonable €15 a head including wine. If you let them know you are vegetarian they will accommodate you very nicely.
Fermignano: Trattosteri, Via Guglielmo Marconi, 4, Fermignano, 349 326 8263 closed Monday – book ahead only for Sunday
Simple and very yummy mix of southern Italian and local cooking. Good ingredients cooked with a great touch. Wide choice of very good and reasonably priced wines and some excellent beers. Excellent desserts and vegetarian options (or gorgeous tagliata steak). Very helpful owners. We especially like it because the food is so good and the owners really like what they do.
Near Fermignano: Ca’ Maddalena, Localita Ca Maddalena, Fermignano 0722 332510 closed Mondays www.camaddalena.com
They raise their own organic cattle and pigs and cook good local dishes. Especially nice appetisers and second courses.
Fossombrone: Osteria dalla Vipere, Via la Peja, 3, 61034 0721 714181
This place is really comfortable, not too big nor too small and pleasantly decorated. The choice is small but everything is freshly cooked and very good and you will surely find something for you. We especially like it because there is always something special in their small menu written on a chalkboard.
Grottaccia: Villa Del Cerro, Localita Lioni, Grottaccia 0733 602118 Closed Tuesday http://www.ristorantevilladelcerro.com
This stylish restaurant does both fish and meat dishes. It has a terrace outside where you can eat in summer. The chef, Marco, is very friendly and his dishes are just a little different from the usual grilled meats of Le Marche. They do a good value lunch for €14 which includes a glass of wine.
Grottamare: Fish Villagio di Pescatori, Lungomare de gasperi, Grottamare 368 735 4256 http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g730082-d2295505-Reviews-Fish_Villaggio_di_Pescatori-Grottammare_Province_of_Ascoli_Piceno_Marche.html
The best fish restaurant in Grottamare in a beach hut with summer seating directly on the beach. The family boat goes out every morning and what they catch you eat – so super fresh and truly local. Set meal, set price (around €35/40) plus wine. During summer 2013 this place was so popular that bookings had to be made at least a week or more in advance!
Macerata: Osteria Pigliapochi, Vicolo della Rota, 8, Macerata 0733 264393 Closed Saturday and Sunday lunch www.osteriadeipigliapochi.it
This charming Osteria is located in a little lane just off the main piazza in Macerata. There is an excellent buffet at lunch that you pay for by the plate. The menu has daily specials with interesting pasta dishes and very good value. MOD loves to make a day out of the Wednesday morning market in Macerata and lunch in this ever popular eatery.
Mondavia: Al Giardino, Mondavio PU
In a garden/terrace facing the (some km away) sea. A great sea breeze usually blows and, along with the shade of a huge cedar tree, it makes the place especially nice on hot days. Simple cooking (with some Italian classics and a few local dishes) and good ice-creams (try the affogato: ice-cream, bitter coffee and cream.. it’s big, it can make a light lunch!). We especially like it because of the location and because the owners are so nice.
Montelparo: Hotel Restaurant Leone, Via Vittorio Emanuele II, 60, Montelparo 0734 782041 www.hotelleonemarche.com http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g780934-d3246799-Reviews-Hotel_Leone_Restaurant-Montelparo_Province_of_Fermo_Marche.html
This elegant restaurant in the historic centre of Montelparo has a beautiful original brick vaulted ceiling as well as a large courtyard and is perfect for outside dining with uninterrupted views across the Le Marche landscape all the way to the Adriatic coast.
English owners, Madeline and Tim, offer a high level of service and, unusually, the a la carte menu has a mix of classic Italian dishes along with some international favourites. You can eat antipasto, pasta and grilled meats or sous-vide duck, beetroot and goat cheese salad and slow cooked bourbon ribs. The desserts follow the same vein Tiramisu and Pannacotta alongside Caribbean lime cheesecake.
The wine list includes a number of hand-selected Le Marche classics alongside small production boutique varietals and, of course, a choice of the more well known, traditional Italian wines. All breads and pizzas are home-made and cooked in the wood fired pizza oven Why not enjoy a pre-dinner prosecco on the panoramic terrace of the hotels Empire bar? It is necessary to book for an outside table in summer!
Montemonaco: Il Tiglio, 0736 856168 www.iltiglioagriturismo.it/home.html
At a tiny village ‘Isola di san Biagio’ close to Montemonaco in the middle of the Sibillini National park lies this truly extraordinary restaurant. The chef really deserves a Michelin star yet the prices are anything but Michelin star prices. For around €32 you can try the 11 course degustazione menu – small plate after small plate of the most delicious and fun to eat food. They also do – most unusually a full vegetarian tasting menu for those who prefer not to eat meat (but please state up front if you do not eat fish). It is quite unlike anywhere else in this part of Le Marche – pure theatre, gorgeous tableware, gold walls but totally unstuffy and friendly. Their wine list is superb – do ask their sommelier for advice and he will point you in the direction of some fabulous wines at such reasonable prices that we do wonder how they make any money. Unusually, probably not suitable for children. A great place for a ‘special’ celebration. Open every day in Summer but just Friday to Sunday in Winter.
Monte San Pietrangeli: Oasi Belvedere, Via San Rustico 49, 63812, Monte San Pietrangeli 0734 959014 or 328 1576517 http://www.oasibelvedere.com
A small agritourismo between Mogliano and Monte San Rustico. Here you will get a very warm welcome and some wonderful simple but delicious food. No menu, just eat what they have that day – always a choice and never a disappointment. A favourite for a long Sunday lunch or any day or evening. Wonderful views and often there is entertainment too.
Passo Ripe San Ginesio: Pizzeria L’Antico Approdo, Via Picena, 58, Ripe San Ginesio (MC) 0733 506886 Closed Monday
This busy pizzeria is situated at the back of the big bar of the same name opposite the ice cream shop on the SS78 at Passo Ripe San Ginesio. If eating with kids, it’s a useful place as they open at 7.30pm. There is a full menu as well as pizza, excellent house wine and some good beers too. The pizza is cooked in the wood oven and there is a wood grill for the meat dishes. The zucchini fritte (deep fried courgettes) are extremely good and an alternative to chips if your kids have been surviving on too much ice cream and pizza. For dessert, it’s worth popping across the road for fresh handmade ice cream as the gelati in the restaurant are factory made.
Penna San Giovanni: L’Antico Gusto, Contrada.da Bordi 12, Penna San Giovanni 0733 669293 www.agriturismoanticogusto.it
This wonderful restaurant, on a farm near Penna, serves up good local food and plenty of it and in very pleasant surroundings. You certainly won’t go hungry! Our favourite time to visit is a sunny Sunday where your whole lazy day will be consumed by eating and drinking, relaxing and chatting. This place is a must if you have kids as there is a great playground in the large garden.
The staff are attentive and he set menu was great value at €22 -€25 per head. You can choose how many couses you have.
Locally produced traditional food (much of the cheeses & meats produced right there on the farm) were wonderful and the selection of antipasti will certainly impress – from salamis and fresh cheese platters served with a delicious berry jam to heartwarming bean soup with chunks of pork fat, pickled vegetables and so much more. Followed by two pasta courses of which we enjoyed lemon and ricotta ravioli and a spaghetti with ragu. If you have room, try the delicious, juicy grilled meat platter, served with salad. We managed to squeeze in a wonderful piece of tiramisu, coffee and homemade liqueurs.
Vegetarians are well catered for, despite being a farm, with dishes such as pasta with a basil and tomato sauce and fresh, light vegetarian tortillas.
Porto Sant’ Elpidio: La Rotonda, Viale Vittoria, 4, Porto Sant’Elpidio 0734 909490 www.ristorantelarotonda.net
On the beach at Porto Sant’ Elpidio to the right of the lungomare close to the big car park. Bustling and always busy with big Italian families enjoying a fishy feast at the weekends. Very reasonable prices,delicious frizzante house white wine. Their spiedini (kebabs) with calamari and big prawns cooked over charcoal is highly recommended. Open all year.
Porto San Giorgio: Figaro, Lungomare Gramsci conc.42, Porto San Giorgio 0734 677708 www.ristorantefigaro.it/en/
Another beach chalet at Porto San Giorgio but this one has a difference because as well as serving the normal excellent Italian fare they also make brilliant sushi. If you have had enough of pizza and pasta this is a top choice for a bit of a change. The owner is quite a character – he speaks about 8 languages including Dutch, Swedish and Russian fluently! Open all year.
Porto San Giorgio: Chalet Vela, Lungomare Gramsci Centro, 167, Porto San Giorgio 0734 676482 www.chaletvela.com/restaurant.php
Right on the beach in the middle of Porto San Giorgio is this great fish and seafood restaurant. Open all year (unlike many of the beach restaurants), this is a delightful place to sip a glass of their excellent house white and watch the waves while lingering over a long fishy lunch. It’s a little more expensive than some of the other beach chalets but well worth the few extra euros for great quality produce and cooking. Don’t miss their ‘poker’ of puds – a selection of four yummy desserts.
Near San Silvestro: Hosteria del Castello, Strada Farneta 25, Acqualagna 0721 798778 Closed Tuesdays
Bizarre décor and great food, share an appetizer and a local first course (portions are very big) or try their very good pizza or the grilled meats.
Santa Vittoria in Matenano: Farfense, Corso Matteotti, 41, Santa Vittoria in Matenano 0734780171 Closed Wednesday
This restaurant is in the charming historic centre of this medieval hilltop town. There is parking below the restaurant and outside the town gates. Enjoy the beautiful all-round vista from Santa Vittoria – you can walk to the top or walk along the ‘balcone’ to enjoy the views that stretch to the Sibillini mountains one side and the Adriatic the other.
Farfense has an outside terrace during the summer months and there is plenty of room inside the restaurant with its lovely vaulted ceilings and a snug available for a larger party. Typical Le Marche fare and more unusual dishes all made with seasonal ingredients are served within a great atmosphere by the convivial owner & friendly staff. Pasta and meat dishes are delicious and pizzas are served in the evenings. Medium priced, very popular with visitors and local regulars and with excellent reviews. It is best to book in the summer months.
Sarnano: Il Pincio, Via Giacomo Matteotti, 10, Sarnano 0733 657246 www.tripadvisor.it/Restaurant_Review-g616178-d3542300-Reviews-Pizzeria_Ristorante_del_Pincio-Sarnano_Province_of_Macerata_Marche.html
One of MOD’s favourite restaurants in Sarnano serves great pizzas and also rather special antipasti and pasta. If you are a meat lover do try their Carpaccio of Chianina beef with Parmesan and truffle shavings and we also love their Tortelloni alla Norcina – a creamy sauce with sausage, porcini mushrooms. Their puds are also delicious. Charming staff, family run with a short but excellent and reasonable wine list of local wines. The Rosso Piceno superiore by Velenosi is extremely good value at €10 a bottle.
Senigallia: Fondaloro, Foro Annonario, 20/23, 60019 Senigallia, Italia 071 931037 Closed Monday http://www.tripadvisor.it/Restaurant_Review-g194914-d1164277-Reviews-Fondaloro-Senigallia_Province_of_Ancona_Marche.html
One of the best seafood restaurants on the Adriatic offering fresh, chef cooked meals at decent prices. Set just off of the port canal in the historical Foro Annonario.
Senigallia Beach : La Tartana, Lungomare Marconi 13/B, 60019 Senigallia 071-64391 https://www.facebook.com/pages/La-Tartana/143871582324527
Fresh seafood right on the beach! Serious lunch and dinner menu but also well known for a fun time after dinner with drinks at the Tiki bar and music.
Servigliano: Pane e Vino , Piazza Roma, Servigliano 0734 759851 Lunch from 12.00pm, Aperitivi from 6.00pm, drinks until the early morning Closed Wednesdays
This lovely, stylish, medium priced wine bar/restaurant has a fantastic atmosphere, good music and an impressive wine list and is run by enthusiastic young locals. It is popular with young people from the area, ex-pats and visitors alike. There is a daily bistro length menu of well cooked and usually very good food. It has excellent Trip Advisor reviews and is popular for a light lunch as well as dinner. In the summer there are tables outside near the lovely Piazza Roma . Afterwards, on a spring or summer evening, you can head to Gelateria Mecozzi (closed Thursday) in the piazza for a fabulous ice cream or coffee and enjoy the bustling local scene!
Servigliano: Re Leone, Via Palmiro Togliati, 2, Servigliano 0734 750959 Closed Tuesdays
This typical pizzeria/ restaurant, very popular with locals, ex-pats and visitors, is set back from the road near the Post Office just a few minutes walk from the historic centre. It has a large car park and there is plenty of seating outside in the summer. The cooking is very reliable; the quality and range of pizzas is excellent and the meat dishes are good. The house wine is reasonable and inexpensive but there is also a good range of local bottled wines. We suggest you head to the central piazza afterwards for an ice cream or coffee at Gelateria Mecozzi (closed Thursday) to perfectly round off your meal!
Servigliano: Villa Funari Country House Restaurant, Via Della Republicca, 18, 0734 750114 Open for Friday & Saturday Dinner, Sunday Lunch & Dinner
Villa Funari is towards the back of Servigliano on the road to Belmonte Piceno/ Santa Vittoria in Matenano sign posted on your right just as you leave the town. There are iron gates and a smart drive with cypresses and olive trees leading up to the lovely old house.
Very elegant dining, excellent food and wine at medium prices – this restaurant has very good reviews and an excellent reputation. Try the handmade pasta with a modern twist, lavish antipasto with veggie options & excellent meat dishes. Everything is beautifully presented and served. Ask to see the cellars where hams and cheeses are aged if it’s not too busy! The Funari butcher’s shop in Servigliano sells their lovely products and is well worth a visit too. Special dinners are sometimes organised at the Villa with good inclusive prices e.g. Valentine’s Day, Midsummer Night’s Eve. Booking advised in the summer months.
Troviggiano: Ritual, Via Machiavelli, 8, Troviggiano 0733 606098 Closed Tuesday.
Not only a wine bar Lorenzo and Co. also makes a very good range of pizzas and the tagliata of either chicken or beef are also absolutely delicious. Food is served at the week-ends only. They also do take-away pizzas after 8:00pm at the week-ends.
Tolentino Area – Caccamo: Ristorante da Loré, Via Nazionale 36, Caccamo Sul Lago 0733 905132
Great home cooked pasta. We had tortellone with spinach and ricotta in butter, pasta tubes with spinach salsa, spaghetti al bosco and real authentic carbonara with guanchiale for €15 including wine, water and coffee. We only ordered 2 pastas but it appears you get offered all the different pasta dishes that are served to the the other tables as well. Excellent!