Regional Italian Food And Wine Pairings – Red Wine And Marches Dishes

The Marches (sometimes called The Marche) is a somewhat hilly or mountainous area located on the Adriatic Sea in central Italy. This lovely area is fairly unknown to tourists, which in my book is all the more reason to go, especially if you are looking to visit the real Italy.

You really haven’t eaten a cheese pizza until you’ve had a local Pizza al Formaggio. Probably the secret is the cheese; a typical recipe calls for Parmesan, Gruyere (Swiss), Pecorino (made from sheep’s milk), and Provolone. Pair this simple but great delicacy with a Barbera-based wine such as Barbera d’Alba DOC or Barbera d’Asti DOC from Piedmont or a Sangiovese-based wine such as a Chianti DOCG from Tuscany.

This region is known for its great vegetables. Why not sample Zucchine al Guanciale (Zucchini with Pancetta)? Just in case you didn’t know, Pancetta is Italian spiced bacon, and hopefully you won’t need to substitute for this key ingredient. You won’t have trouble finding the other ingredients. Make sure that you use only ripe tomatoes. Pair this yummy dish with a Sangiovese.

Save some of that Pancetta for the next dish, Coniglio in Porchetta (Rabbit in Porchetta) which also includes salami, cured ham, wild fennel, and a few other ingredients. While it may be fairly complicated to prepare, you’ll enjoy this meal with Aglianico del Vulture DOC from Basilicata or Rosso di Montalcino DOC from Tuscany. If you want to escalate your preparation time and effort and the resulting meal, replace the rabbit with a hare and replace the Tuscany wine with its classier cousin, Brunello di Montalcino DOCG. You won’t regret all the extra work and expenses.

If you feel like eating fish try Triglie all’Anconetana (Red Mullet Ancona style) that is made with cured ham, butter, olive oil, lemon, and a few other ingredients. Suggested wine pairings include Brunello di Montalcino DOCG, Chianti Classico DOCG, and an Italian Pinot Nero. Agnello Brodettato (Braised Lamb with Eggs) is made with baby lamb shoulder, lemons, white wine, egg yolks, chopped prosciutto, and a few other ingredients. The recommended wine pairings include Monica di Sardegna DOC coming from the island of Sardinia and Rosso di Montalcino DOC. Anatra in Porchetta (Duck in Porchetta) is roast duck stuffed with salt pork, wild fennel, and garlic. You will love it with a Brunello di Montalcino DOCG, a Chianti Classico DOCG, or a Barolo DOCG from Piedmont.

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