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Ancona, Italy Cuisine | Where to Eat

Popular Local Cuisine: Ancona is the primary port for the Adriatic province of Marche and is a less well-known region of Italy than most. Consequently, you will discover some specialties you are not likely to have ever tasted. Popular antipasti might be the pork spread Ciauscolo di Fegato enhanced with fennel and orange zest, the local Cargena Proscuitto, and Casciotta d'Urbina cheese, white, mild and with holes. Or try dried cuttlefish (a smaller relative of the squid) or perhaps Olive all'ascolana, fried olives stuffed with parmigiano and meats. For the primo course a popular local choice is cappelletti, a type of ravioli made with sharp cheese and cured ham. And for a main course the Brodetto (the Adriatic version of a fish stew) made with mullet and cuttlefish and spiced with garlic and saffron. If you prefer meats, the whole roasted pig is a Marche tradition. The local lasagna variation, vincisgrassi in its original form is for the more adventurous gourmand. It is a baked with chicken or veal sweetbreads, tomatoes, mushrooms and parmigiano and a bechamel sauce and the local white truffles. For some, a more palatable variation is made with ground pork.

Local desserts include pizza dolce, a cake with nuts, raisins and figs; Calcioni, a fritter made with chickpeas, nuts and honey or with other fillings that may include anise, cocoa and cinnamon; and piconi, a sweet pastry filled with ricotta.

If you are eating a fish dish like brodetto, an excellent accompaniment would be the famous local white wine, Verdicchio dei Castelli. For the local lasagna Vincisgrassi, there is the noble red, Sangiovese dei Colli Pesaresi.

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Cruise lines that visit Ancona: Seabourn, Costa, MSC Cruises

Key Attractions: Cathedral of San Ciriaco, Arch of Trajan, Lazzaretto, San Francesco Church, Urbino Ducal Palace, National Gallery of Marche, Urbino Duomo, Albornoz Fortress, Majolica Pottery, San Marino, Three Towers, Basilica San Marinus, Monte Conero Regional Park, Portonovo, Mezzavalle Beach, San Michele Beach, Sirolo, Numana, Rimini Beach, Augustus Arch, Tiberius Bridge, Malatesta Temple, Sigismondo Castle, Federico Fellini Perugia, Cathedral of San Lorenzo, Maggiore Fountain, Palazzo del Priori, Basilica of San Domenico, Perugia Etruscan Archaeological Museum

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