Food in La Marche

by Charlotte
(Leeds)

Like most regions in Italy, La Marche has a distinctly unique cuisine. Unsurprisingly, being one of the country’s coastal regions, seafood has had a massive influence, whilst its proximity to Tuscany means a fine range of wines is also available.


The most famous dish of the Adriatic Coast is Brodetto, a fish stew which varies in composition from town to town. Cuttlefish, squid, shrimp and mullet are all regional delicacies, which are served with varying quantities of garlic, lemon juice and saffron depending upon the local recipe. Bream, clams, mussels and sole are also popular, but again their availability varies. La Marche is famous for its fishing villages and fresh cuisine, with choice dependent upon how well the day’s catch went.

In Ancona, La Marche’s main city, stockfish (stoccafisso) is a particular favourite. This dried codfish takes significant preparation but is a famous gastronomic delight in the area.

Away from seafood, locals enjoy vincisgrassi, a baked pasta dish made from beef or pork mince. Tomato, mushrooms and béchamel sauce are typically added, whilst local wild truffles serve as garnish. In some variations of the dish, chicken giblets are added for flavour. Continuing the porcine theme, porchetta is something of an institution in La Marche. A whole pig is stuffed with flavourings before being roasted on a spit over wood. The result is a moist and fatty meat which is traditionally eaten at times of festival.

Desserts in the area are not particularly sweet, with cheeses like Ricotta adding a saccharine flavour to many dishes. Frustenga (a cake of figs, sultanas, raisins and walnuts) is also popular.

La Marche is famous for some deep red wines including the Rosso Conero of Ancona and the Rosso Picenoand. However, the region excels in its white wines, particularly Verdicchio which is commonly drunk with seafood. Meanwhile, Bianchello del Metauro is often imbibed with shellfish.

This short review doesn’t do justice to the range of culinary experiences which will greet you on any stay in a hotel in La Marche. If you stay local and explore the region, you will enjoy a vast range of freshly produced regional cuisine which will be amongst the freshest and most satisfying you have ever tasted.

Click here to post comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Secret Italian Recipe.

Please Book with Us...

Like us? Why not support me and Maria.

All you need do is book via the search box below, or any of the hotel links elsewhere on the website. It can be for travel to Italy... or anywhere else on earth.

You'll get the best deal available and the income we receive helps us to:

  • Stay independent and to keep bringing you the best of Italy.
  • Never have to accept money from hotels directly - meaning that we can share only those we genuinely love.

Recent Articles

  1. Walks and Hikes in Tuscany - Experience Tuscany like a Local

    Aug 04, 20 09:39 AM

    Walks and hikes in Tuscany can only be wonderful: with cypress-lined lanes, quaint villages and picturesque farmhouses. So… lace up those walking shoes, pack your back-pack, and don’t forget the sun c…

    Read More

  2. Subscribe to A Secret Italy

    Jul 31, 20 06:22 AM

    Become a part of the Secret Italy Club. Membership is open for a short while longer and we'd like you to be a part of the family.

    Read More

  3. Our Italian Newsletter

    Jul 30, 20 06:15 AM

    Our Italian Newsletter is packed full of great insider tips about Italy, from Venice to Piedmont and much more in between - and it is all for FREE.

    Read More

  4. I Love This!

    Jul 26, 20 01:15 PM

    Read More

  5. Beautiful Rome

    Jul 17, 20 09:09 AM

    Rome is the most beautiful city in the world. This gallery of photos, taken by a Roman, proves it.

    Read More

  6. The Perfect Italian Itinerary

    Jul 05, 20 06:20 AM

    Planning a trip to Italy? Then you really need to read our Italian itinerary before you book a single thing.

    Read More