A place for you to discover all about our wonderful Le Marche region. Le Marche has: • 180 km of coastline • 500 piazzas • 1000 important monuments • 34 archeological sites • 315 antique libraries housing over 4 million volumes • 72 historic theatres • 200 churches which the majority are of Romanesque architecture • 183 religious shrines • Largest number of museums and galleries in Italy: 342 • 2 national parks (Monti Sibillini, Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga), • 4 regional parks (Monte Conero, Sasso Simone and Simoncello, Monte San Bartolo, Gola della Rossa and Grotte di Frasassi), • 5 nature reserves (Abbadia di Fiastra, Gola del Furlo, Montagna di Torricchio, Ripa Bianca and Sentina), • 26 cities facing the Adriatic Sea So come along and enjoy. There really is something for everyone.
‘Bentornato’ ‘Welcome back’ is a phrase ringing round the Sibillini mountains and the tiny hamlet of Isola San Biagio, in Le Marche, Italy. They are talking to Enrico Mazzaroni, who has been holidaying down at the coast for the last couple of years.
But it’s been far from a simple holiday. After sustaining damage in the earthquakes in 2016, Enrico and his team moved down from their mountain home to open a new seafood version of Il Tiglio – The Lime Tree, where the menu was fish based. And now, much to everyone’s delight, like a phoenix from the flames, he is back. To the tiny, unassuming mountain hamlet where Enrico’s family have lived for generations farming the land and producing the most amazing natural ingredients for this very special restaurant.
As we arrive in Isola San Biagio, just outside Montemonaco, tucked away in the little known Le Marche countryside, we wonder where we are heading. The tiny, rustic village in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by majestic mountains which seem to rise straight from the hamlet. We park and cross the road, spotting the beautiful new metal door with ‘Tiglio’ cut in style. We’ve arrived!
With great anticipation and excitement, we ring the doorbell and are immediately welcomed by one of the waiting staff. We pass through the restaurant, which has been designed in a wonderful mix of modern and rustic and is perfect blend for the old stoned walled building which houses the new Tiglio.
Our waitress shows us out to the terrance and immediately we are struck by the simplicity of the table surrounded by the magnificence of the mountains. The bright blue sky contrasting with the bright yellow broom or ginestra in Italian. Just stunning.
We start with a welcome prosecco, chilled perfectly for this hot summers day. A salute to the return of this special place and to Enrico who has worked tirelessly to carry on and make a success of his passion and his life.
Soon the wonderful food starts to arrive. With some tiny amuse bouche to start. A dark chocolate casing around a liquid truffle centre which just melts in our mouths. The most amazing sensation and flavour. Yes Il Tiglio is definitely back!
We delight our tastebuds with these tasty morsels. First a basket of oyster shells topped with open shells filled with a light mix of oyster, celery and cream. Wow. Accompanied by Ribona, a fresh, crisp Le Marche white. Well where else would it be from?
Next we try the toasted almond wrapped in lardo. The crunch of the almond mixed with the softness of the lardo is a great combination.
We stare at the little, perfectly formed golden ‘eggs’ sitting in front of us. Knowing our chef, Enrico, very often things are not quite what they seem, so carefully we bite into the crispy round spheres. Inside a surprise. A wonderful gooey Parmesan sauce oozes from within. Just sensational.
A tiny tart entices us from across the table. A thin crunchy case filled with the most intense roasted onion purée. So perfectly tasty.
And we haven’t even mentioned the bread yet. Simply the best brown bread with locally grown grains. A crisp crust encases a soft, warm interior. Served with lemon thyme butter. The perfect combination. The lightest, thinnest grissini and soft focaccia fills the basket. We know we shouldn’t eat so much as we have so many wonderful courses to come but it’s simply irresistible!
Our first official starter arrives, a wonderful steak tartare with cheesy pastry and light dressing.
Next the most stunning combination of softness and crunch. A crispy lettuce shell encases a slow cooked egg which just oozes to our delight as we cut them open. Topped off with tasty, soft lettuce picked straight from the orto, this really is a texture sensation.
And now to the carrot. THE carrot. The most tastiest carrot in the world we are sure. How anyone can pack so much intense flavour into one carrot is beyond us. A tiny miracle sitting in front of us waiting to tickle our tastebuds.
We move onto our funghi course. A mushroom lovers delight. Perfectly cooked porcini with a soft outer and a firmer middle bathing in the most tasty broth and served with tiny roast potatoes. Another wow!
Next to arrive is the first of our pasta dishes. Enrico brings us a delicious cherry Rosso Piceno wine to pare with simply the richest hare pasta we have ever tasted. The handmade pasta, made from locally grown wheat is again cooked to perfection and is perfectly combined with a creamy potato sauce.
Now tiny tortellini appear nestling atop a pine jus. Yes pine! Intense in flavour and definitely unique, Enrico once again goes for the wow factor. He certainly does not disappoint.
Our main course is lamb. Perfectly cooked and deliciously soft and moist, it is served with summer greens and a carrot purée.
And finally to the dessert. That dessert! A unique combination and we would never have guessed it. Enrico explains the lightest, chilled lemon foam sits next to a celery purée. Yes celery. And we were simply blown away. The combination of flavours work so well. Refreshing, simple, light and just the perfect ending to our most memorable dining experience.
But it wasn’t quite the end. A little silver tree arrives with glistening berries. Poached apple balls are surrounded by a raspberry gel. Simply stunning.
As now, as coffee is served, we reflect on a most memorable lunch, whilst gazing with full tummies at the wonderful Le Marche scenery.
Simple fresh flavours, the best homegrown produce, an intensely passionate chef in an unassuming hamlet with a charming rustic restaurant set under the majestic Sibillini’s. Bentornato Enrico and Il Tiglio team. You are back and we just know your are going to be a wonderful success.
We dined at Il Tiglio, Isola San Biagio, Montemonaco. The excellent value tasting menu is €38 per head excluding wine, water, coffee and cover charge.
Open every day for lunch and dinner.
We stayed at Il Nascondiglio The Hideaway farmhouse apartments and bed and breakfast, a pleasant 30 minute drive away www.thehideaway.eu
Flights available from the UK, with Ryanair to the nearby airports of Ancona, Perugia or Pescara, all less than a 90 minute drive away www.ryanair.com
and everything our beautiful region has to offer. From poetry to paintings, opera to osteria's, hilltop towns and villages, markets and museums. Something for all the family. Have a look at this wonderful Le Marche Video to learn more!
Our beautiful Amandola and all she has to offer. If you haven’t visited yet, then here is a glimpse of our stunning area. Something for everyone to enjoy. From horse riding to hiking, yoga to fishing, skiing to sun set watching. You really don’t know what your are missing!
We round up some of the best guided and self-guided walks that explore the continent’s high peaks, deep fjords and rare wildlife
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It is the first time that we participated in the NYIOOC and we are so glad about this award and prestige that it give us at the international level, since in the last two years we are on the US market,” said Alfredo Agostini who won a Gold Award with Sublimis, that comes from an olive grove at 350 meters above sea level in the Marche region. “During the 2014 harvest, we had a 50 percent drop in quantity. This year we performed natural preventive treatments with copper for the conventional production since we prefer to avoid chemical products. But the olives were so healthy that no additional treatments were needed and this has given great results.”
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© CLAUDIO MORTINI™◊ Il paese della fiorita è Castelluccio di Norcia, in Umbria, nel cuore del Parco Nazionale dei Monti Sibillini, un posto dove favole
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The title of the Italian province of Le Marche literally means “the borderlands”, a neutral region neighbouring more important places. This makes a lot of sense when you consider that Tuscany lies to the north and Umbria to the south. Next to these titans of the tourist trade so beloved of the inglese, and hemmed in by the mountains and the sea on either side, you might call Le Marche something of a poor relation, rarely visited.
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Three European hotspots Tim Palmer explores a trio of less familiar European destinations for buyers who want a bit of buzz to go with their sunshine Raise the roof: Budva’s old town (Alamy) Ascoli Piceno […]…
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A wonderful mention in The Times newspaper yesterday for our beautiful Ascoli Piceno and Le Marche. And the article only features 3 places in the whole of Europe!
Come and find out for yourselves how special it really is. Whether you are looking for property or just coming for a well deserved holiday, to sip appetitive in the stunning Piazza Del Popolo at the famous Meletti Cafe, we are only 25 minutes away.
So a stay at The Hideaway is perfect for exploring Ascoli and all its surroundings. http://hideawaylemarche.com
La ristorazione marchigiana ha vecchi e nuovi protagonisti, chef dal forte carattere che non temono di apparire facendo parlare di loro e dei loro piatti ricercati […]
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We certainly do have the most wonderful selection of special restaurants here in Le Marche. Oh and don’t forget the wine too.
What a fantastic culinary journey through Italy. We live in stunning Le Marche and next time you visit, come and stay with us at The Hideaway, Amandola and dine at the amazing Il Tiglio near Montemonaco. From the outside, as you approach the tiny run down mountain village with wonderful views, you would never imagine what lies behind the doors of Il Tiglio. Immaculate restaurant, innovative locally produced food prepared with a passion by Enrico, informative but friendly staff and a huge wine ‘bible’. The Tiglio experience is certainly not one to be missed. But don’t tell everyone the secret we discovered or we will never get a table again!Italian cuisine does not exist. Instead Italy boasts 20 regions each with its very own diverse ‘cucina’ thanks to many micro-climates and historical micro
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What a fantastic culinary journey through Italy. We live in stunning Le Marche and next time you visit, come and stay with us at The Hideaway, Amandola and dine at the amazing Il Tiglio near Montemonaco. From the outside, as you approach the tiny run down mountain village with wonderful views, you would never imagine what lies behind the doors of Il Tiglio. Immaculate restaurant, innovative locally produced food prepared with a passion by Enrico, informative but friendly staff and a huge wine ‘bible’. The Tiglio experience is certainly not one to be missed. But don’t tell everyone the secret we discovered or we will never get a table again!