Il Tiglio – A Welcome Return

‘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.

Call 0736 856441, find them on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/iltigliomontemonaco/ or message Enrico at ristoranteiltiglio@yahoo.it

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

Three European hotspots | The Sunday Times

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

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30 Reasons Why You Should Never Ever Visit Le Marche

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1. There is nothing at all to see or do here. It is all very dull and uninteresting.

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2. We have 2 National Parks and they are all very boring and full of scary butterflies. There are really hard hiking trails which may be too hard for you & not rewarding at all.

 3. We have 180 km of coastline, with uninteresting sandy bays & deep blue sea & wild mussels who live here because the sea is too clean.

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4. We have over 500 dreary piazzas which are very old and full of history.

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5. Our food is natural & very local – you probably won’t like it so better bring your own.

6. We have 200 churches which are mainly Romanesque architecture, so very ancient. There are also 183 religious shrines. Who wants to see these?

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7. We even have skiing in the winter where there may be lots of cold snow.

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8. We have lots of festivals which can be noisy & very colourful & people may have fun.

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 9. There are hilltop towns all over the place and they are historic and tedious.

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10. We are famous for our smelly white & black truffles & lots of them – yuk!  

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11. Our towns have steep cobbled streets & tiny alleyways to explore.  You may get lost.

12. There are mediocre mountain views around every corner. Don’t bring your camera, its a waste of time.

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13. Our delicious wine is far too cheap – you won’t like it. Our nasty Pecorino won the best in Italy 2014!

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14. You can find wild mushrooms in the hills but its much more fun queuing for them in the supermarket.

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15. In Autumn all the leaves go orange & brown & fall off the trees. You should miss this, it looks terrible, just like in America.

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16. Our delicious local pizzas are some of the best in the world & will make you put on weight.

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17. Our Sibillini National Park has a lake full of creatures you will only find here. Nowhere else in the world.

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18. We have over 1000 important monuments. Far too many too see.

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19. We have so much wildlife and beautiful creatures. You wouldn’t want to meet any of those.

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20. Our unspoilt, rolling hills are full of nasty yellow sunflowers.

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21. We have lots of cafes to relax in and waste hours of your precious holiday time.

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22. You can eat ugly looking seafood whist looking down on the stunning blue waters.

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23. We have many wineries serving our terrible Marche wine & you can go and have a tasting if you are brave enough.

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24. Our lakes are deep & kayaking amongst the peace & tranquillity can be scary.

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25. Our 72 historic theatres are usually small & intimate & don’t hold many people.  

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26. Our Churches are full of old crumbly paintings which have no historical interest at all. Who has heard of Crivelli after all?

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27. You would just hate to relax on one of our beautiful sandy beaches.

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28. The Sferisterio in Macerata has many screechy operas & world famous men in tights doing ballet. You may want to avoid this.

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29. If you have the misfortune of staying in the countryside, beware. The birdsong in the morning can be deafening. Make sure you bring your earplugs.

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30. Don’t even think of coming to peaceful, unspoilt Le Marche. Its very quiet & we like it that way & its bound to be much better else where. But if you do dare risk it, check out MarcheOwnersDirect.com, where you can book your dreadful holiday directly with the caring owners and they help you make the most of this awful place!

Written by HideawayLeMarche.com Those terrible Hideaway farmhouse apartments ran by Mark & Sarah, in a lonely green valley surrounded by noisy birds.

Italian Summer Jamboree 50s Festival

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Senigallia is the port city that will host the annual Italian summer Jamboree 50s festival. The city is located in the Adriatic Riviera of the country and is famous for its history, beautiful marine landscapes and much more. This is also a preferred holiday destination for many families from all over the world. It is because Senigallia is a quiet, clean and exceptionally Italian town with a lot to give back to its visitors.
Unlike usual, though, between 3rd and 11th August 2013 the town will be transformed by the noisiest and biggest music festival on the Adriatic as the Summer Jamboree 50s fest will once again take over the port and turn it into the most exciting August party place in Europe. Music from the 40s and 50s of the past century will be played and performed live on stage. Duane Eddy, California’s The Paladins and Ray Gelato & the Giants are just some of the headliners of the event. […]

Sarah Topps‘s insight:

We have been told in the past not to miss this wonderful event, so now it certainly is marked down in our diaries. Really looking forward to experiencing for ourselves the first time.

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If you want to know to sell truffles (and teach truffle hunting), to New Yorkers, talk to our neighbour Moreno Moretti

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Sarah Topps‘s insight:

Our Friendly Neighbour Moreno hits the big time in the “Big Apple” or the “Giant Truffle” as he now calls it:

How to join a region delightful but little known as Le Marche to the myth of America. We present Moreno Moretti, a 26 year old tartufologo landed in the Big Apple, which he renamed the Great Truffle, as the city with the largest number of restaurants at the top, and the highest number of millionaires, and both are happy to corner the Italian truffle , a highly sought after luxury product.

Moreno comes up with the smiling face and upbeat, the entrepreneurial verve, and its web page (Le Marche Holiday) shows the wasp happy. There are objects that represent an entire nation, and we need to focus on old stereotypes sometimes. Here’s what he says, and explains how to seduce the American who wants to return to Italy a second time without even having to visit Rome or Florence. Just offer them the truffle hunting. Here is his story.

“My dream has always been to arrive in America, and sell gourmet products related to my country, because I am sure of one thing: Americans love Italy the traditional food and good living, and films of the 50s . Americans like the truffle hunting, because they are passionate about Italian food, and then the nose is so special, a delicious mushroom and very precious. ”

Moreno is one of those young Italian graduates who could not find a job if you had to invent, and is more than happy to do so, because the alternative was between factory work or be unemployed, but we return to the truffle.

Sometimes you can walk for more than three hours and did not find anything, how can you find a kg in a short time. There are many families in our mountains sibilillini making this activity the reason for his life, they get up in the morning and go truffle hunting in the woods all day, and are very jealous of their secrets. The price of the truffle is like gold because the price changes from day to day. Americans fell in love with it because it is very expensive, and therefore is a luxury, and because it tastes so strong and unique that would pay gold to taste.

And so on this wave I developed a tourism project to look for truffles offering wine tours, and I came to New York looking to develop contacts with distributors for the sale of truffles and other products. “Forpeople like Moreno the city that never sleeps is a masterpiece, while the Americans already knew him since Moreno has been repeatedly named by the magazine Dream of Italy as one of the most talented Italian innovators in the field of tourism.

“New York has struck me, frankly a city so fast and so big I had never seen before. For a guy like me, who comes from the country, it was a great experience. A city of many opportunities, whether you have initiative and a touch of madness and unconsciousness can emerge, and within a week you can close business, make friends, and maybe even get married. No, I have not married, but the other two things I’ve done.

Anyway back to the truffle, is very special as it is the product of 70% water and every day after quarrying if you do not sell immediately lose 5 % of economic value.Then selling it is a race against time. The truffle hunting is a unique experience instead of back to nature, and believe me, those who live between iron and cement it really needs, even if that iron and cement New York. ”

Via Google Translate

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The Sibillini Mountains as you have never seen them before.

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Maurizio Pignotti realizes amazing videos in the sibillini mountains with sliding camera and DSLR techniques and incredible images using long-exposure techniques having as brilliant subjects millions of light years away and the treeless nature of the mountains in southern Le Marche.
Photographer Maurizio Pignotti loves the sky and the area around the Castelluccio Plateau in Sibillini Mountains National Park and for his stunning captures is able to spend entire nights at -25°C. This is passion!!!

You can admire the entire work of Master Pignotti in Tolentino for the Anotherview Foto Festival, Tolentino(MC) 31 May – 2 June 2013. http://www.anotherviewphoto.it/ ;

Sarah Topps‘s insight:

Just amazing. Can’t wait to see the exhibition in Tolentino soon.

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Luoghi aperti per la Giornata FAI di Primavera 2013 nelle Marche

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Uscire di casa per un appuntamento speciale, che coinvolge il cuore e la mente. “Invadere” per una volta le città e sentirsi parte di una collettività che si riconosce nella cultura del nostro Paese. Vivere l’esperienza di tante storie diverse che raccontano un’unica grande storia, la nostra, attraverso capolavori dell’arte, ambienti meravigliosi e luoghi apparentemente familiari eppure sorprendenti. E “riconoscersi tra sconosciuti” grazie a questi sentimenti comuni, stati d’animo che ci fanno sentire più vicini gli uni agli altri.
È ciò che succede durante la XXI Giornata FAI di Primavera, in programma sabato 23 e domenica 24 marzo.
Quest’anno il FAI – Fondo Ambiente Italiano apre 700 luoghi in tutta Italia, spesso inaccessibili e per l’occasione eccezionalmente a disposizione del pubblico, con visite a contributo libero: chiese, palazzi, aree archeologiche, ville, borghi, giardini; persino caserme, centrali idroelettriche e un osservatorio astronomico.

Ecco cosa vedere nelle Marche

PROVINCIA DI ANCONA
ANCONA – PINACOTECA CIVICA “FRANCESCO PODESTI” DI ANCONA
ARCEVIA – CHIESA DI SANTA MARIA DEL SOCCORSO
FABRIANO – CHIESA DI SANTA CATERINA
JESI – VILLA COLLEGRATO UNA VISITA A VILLA COLLEGRATO
OSIMO – PALAZZO BRIGANTI BELLINI
OSTRA – CHIESA DI SAN GIUSEPPE E SAN FILIPPO NERI
SASSOFERRATO – CHIESA DI SANTA MARIA DEL PIANO
SENIGALLIA – PALAZZO MARCOLINI
SENIGALLIA – PINACOTECA DIOCESANA

PROVINCIA DI ASCOLI PICENO
ASCOLI PICENO – BANCA D’ITALIA
GIARDINO DI PALAZZO DE ANGELIS
L’ANTICO DECUMANUS MAXIMUS
PALAZZETTO SGARIGLIA DALMONTE, SEDE CIRCOLO CITTADINO
PALAZZO ALVITRETI, SEDE CONFINDUSTRIA ASCOLI PICENO
PALAZZO CARFRATELLI SEGHETTI, EX CONVENTO SUORE DOMENICANE
PALAZZO CENTINI PICCOLOMINI, SEDE ODCEC DI ASCOLI PICENO
PALAZZO MALASPINA
CUPRA MARITTIMA – CHIESA DELLA SANTISSIMA ANNUNZIATA CON PRESEPE POLISCENICO PERMANENTE DI ARTE SPAGNOLA
CHIESA DI SANTA MARIA IN CASTELLO DI VILLA PACCARONI GRISOSTOMI
GIARDINO OTTOCENTESCO DI VILLA PACCARONI GRISOSTOMI
PALAZZO BRANCADORO GRISOSTOMI DI VILLA PACCARONI GRISOSTOMI
PARCO ARCHEOLOGICO CON LABORATORIO
VILLA ROMANA CON NINFEO
VILLA VINCI BOCCABIANCA

PROVINCIA DI FERMO

AMANDOLA
CAPPELLA SANTA MARIA DELLA PIETÀ
CHIESA DI SAN FRANCESCO
CHIESA SS. TRINITÀ
PALAZZO MANARDI
TEATRO LA FENICE
FERMO
CASA TALAMONTI IN PALAZZO MAGGIORI
CORTE DI PALAZZO AZZOLINO
CORTE DI PALAZZO ERIONI FALCONI
CORTE DI PALAZZO GUERRIERI PENNESI
CORTE DI PALAZZO NANNARINI SASSATELLI
CORTE DI PALAZZO PERPENTI
CORTE DI PALAZZO VITALI ROSATI
SANT’ELPIDIO A MARE
BASILICA LATERANENSE DI SANTA MARIA DELLA MISERICORDIA
CHIESA MADONNA DEI LUMI
TORRE GEROSOLIMITANA

PROVINCIA DI MACERATA

MACERATA
SEDE STORICA DELL’UNIVERSITÀ DI MACERATA: AULA MAGNA, ANTICA SACRESTIA E ANTICA BIBLIOTECA
SAN SEVERINO MARCHE
CHIESA SAN MICHELE
CHIESA SAN PAOLO
GIARDINI NEOCLASSICI A SAN SEVERINO MARCHE
PALAZZO COLLIO

PROVINCIA DI PESARO URBINO
CAGLI
IL CANTIERE DEL MUSEO ARCHEOLOGICO
LA CRIPTA DIMENTICATA DELLA CATTEDRALE
POLO CULTURALE DI ECCELLENZA (BIBLIOTECA, ARCHIVIO STORICO, FOTOTECA, MEDIATECA)
FANO
PALAZZO DELLA CURIA VESCOVILE
TEATRINO GONFALONE
MERCATELLO SUL METAURO
CHIESA DI SAN FRANCESCO E L’ATTIGUO MUSEO
PALAZZO DUCALE (PALAZZO PRIVATO)
PESARO
PALAZZO OLIVIERI – CONSERVATORIO E TEMPIETTO ROSSINIANO

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Tipicità – Made in Marche Festival 2013

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Sarah Topps‘s insight:

For everything Le Marche has to offer, come along to a fantastic event this Marche in Fermo, Le Marche. Try excellent wines and food amongst a whole host of other products from the region. Discover hand-crafted products like olive oil soap, leather shoes and belts, chocolates, honey and so much more. Enjoy this great experience on the 16th, 17th and 18th March 2013.

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5th Edition of Hot Ice Photoshooting 2013!!!

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Hot Ice snowboard

Sarah Topps‘s insight:

Its Hot Ice 2013 time at Maddalena this weekend. A great chance to photograph some of the top snowboarders as they do their stuff. Good music too! 23rd and 24 February. Don’t miss it.

http://www.hoticesnowboard.it/snowboard/899-v-edizione-dellhot-ice-photoshooting-2013.html

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ORC WORLD Championship 2013 Ancona, Le Marche, Italy

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The Marina Dorica Association and the Offshore Racing Congress (ORC) are pleased to announce that the 2013 ORCi World Championship will be held at Marina Dorica in Ancona, Italy over 21-29 June 2013.
This annual event is the sole Offshore World Championship sanctioned by the International Sailing Federation (ISAF), and the four organizing clubs – SEF Stamura, Ancona Yacht Club, Lega Navale Italiana di Ancona, and Assonautica Ancona – are affiliates of the Italian Sailing Federation (FIV).
This event will feature a week-long mix of inshore and offshore racing on the Adriatic coast from the event venue based at Marina Dorica. As in the last two years, the number of entries is expected to exceed 100 boats, and even now there are already 28 entries from 7 countries on three continents.
Sport, tourism and promotion: these are the key elements that will characterize this important sailing event planned in Ancona from June 21st to June 29th.

Sarah Topps‘s insight:

A great opportunity to see some world class sailing in Le Marche this summer and all only 90 minutes from The Hideaway.

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