We have now enjoyed exquisite food and wine of seven regions of Italy. The next Regional Food and Wine Tour around Italy will be the beautiful Abruzzo region. On Thursday the 25th October starting from 19:30.

It is known as “the green lung of Europe” due to its three National Parks, one Regional Park and several natural reserves.
In a few words, Abruzzo has it all. Wonderful lakes, the Adriatic coastline, uncontaminated parks, breathtaking mountain ranges, magical medieval towns, all varieties of nature, climate and landscapes: in springtime, you could be laying on a beach in the Trabocchi coast, then walking through the streets of one of the gems of this area, the town of Vasto, and within an hour finding yourself on the top of one of the ski resorts in the Majella National Park. Regional capital L’Aquila is a walled city, damaged in a 2009 earthquake. It’s a region in the center of Italy, nestled in the Apennines and the Adriatic coast, just a couple of hours away from Rome.

Food:

Abruzzo cuisine is multifaceted simply because of how varied the region and its cultures are. On the one hand, there is the evolution of shepherding and farming recipes, those prepared by the “poor” folk of the mountain and foothill areas, a cuisine of simple yet tasty mutton dishes, soups and broths, cheeses and herbs; on the other, the “refined bourgeois” menus of Teramo, which enhance basic flavours to achieve more elaborate results: “timballo di scrippelle”, “mazzarelle”, “virtù”. Then there is a shoreline cuisine, less evocative of Abruzzo – perceived as a region of mountains and protected areas – but no less important, as there are 130km of coast that offer a variety of seafood in uncomplicated, tasty recipes.

Wines:

From stowaway, the precious undeclared guest in prestigious wine cellars across renowned (and not so renowned) Italian areas, to national bestseller: 13 million bottles sold in 2006 and the first wine with vineyard identification on the label.  Now a record-breaker, alongside Chianti and Nero d’Avola,  Montepulciano d’Abruzzo,  Trebbiano and, above all, new nice wines like Cerasuolo, as well as the rediscovered Pecorino, now a top seller.

Another unmissable event at Marco’s. £42.50 for a five course tasting menu with pairing wines from the region of Abruzzo.

To book a table call 01279 792002 or email info@marcositalianrestaurant.co.uk

Best Wishes

Marco

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