Traditional Italian Food And Wine Pairings – White Wine And The Marches Dishes

The Marches (sometimes called The Marche) is a relatively isolated hilly or mountainous area, which is situated on the Adriatic Sea in central Italy. This lovely area is fairly unknown to tourists, which, when you think about it, gives you all the more reason to go for a visit, especially if you are looking for the real Italy. Given its fairly long coastline, it should come as no surprise that this lovely region boasts lots of fish and seafood specialties.

Kick off your meal with Zuppa di Fagioli (Bean Soup), a fairly simple dish especially if you cut corners and use prepared beans. Need I tell you that the traditionalists here would never, ever open a can of beans? Other ingredients include lard, celery, and tomato sauce. You might serve this Zuppa with an Italian Chardonnay or a Pinot Grigio.

Brodetto all’anconetana (Fish Soup Ancona style) is a fancier first course that also serves as a main meal. This is not very surprising when you consider that it comprises a dozen varieties of fish and seafood. Typically this dish includes as well crostone, a slice of toast placed at the bottom of the bowl, and eaten at the end of this glorious specialty. The classic wine pairing is the local Verdicchio di Matelica DOC or Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi DOC. Make sure that you get a good one. I can’t help but think that our next dish isn’t as tempting as the Brodetto but many people like it. I am talking about dried Cod Fish in Potacchio that includes tomatoes, salted anchovies, dry white wine, and some other ingredients. Among the suggested wine pairings are an Italian Chardonnay or a Sauvignon Blanc.

If you feel like more fish, you definitely should try Orate all’Anconetana (Sea Bream Ancona style). Sea Bream are also known as porgies. This recipe calls for salted anchovies, more popular in The Marches than in my neighborhood, eggs, white wine, and several other ingredients. Enjoy this dish with the local Vedicchio or a Cinque Terre DOC from Liguria, the Italian Riviera to the northwest. Petti di Pollo Trifolati (Chicken Breasts with Truffles) can make a fine alternative to all this fish and seafood. This yummy delicacy includes a white truffle, cognac, cured ham, Parmesan cheese, olive oil, and other goodies. Many people serve this dish over spinach. The suggested wine accompaniment is an Italian Sauvignon Blanc.

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