I’ve spent this last weekend eating and cruising around tight curves, hills and mountains with my best friends. We basically ate like whales or any other famished mammal ready for hibernation. So I spent this last weekend eating. We stayed in Amatrice (Lazio) but also visited Ascoli Piceno (Marche) for a day.
Amatrice is a small town in northern Lazio (central Italy), and it’s a 3 hours drive from the place I live (which is 1 hour away from Rome). With “small town” I mean there’s one main street, a few markets, a church and about 2,700 souls. Perched on mountains and rolling hills, this midpoint of cooking traditions has a lot to offer in terms of food (and nature). So, it might be small, but what matters is on the inside, right? Right. Does “pasta alla amatriciana” sound new to you? What about “pasta alla gricia“?
Amatrice is the place where the famous “amatriciana” was invented. This delicious dish is based on tomato, pecorino cheese and guanciale (pork cheek).
Let me show ya these two edible pieces of heaven:
The other one (“gricia”) is a tomato sauce-free version. I like this one better.
What can you get with 22€? About 6 entries, 2 first courses, 2 sides, 4 desserts, limoncello, coffee, water and wine. It’s a deal. Go to Agriturismo La Grotta.
If your mouth isn’t watering, maybe I failed as a photographer.
Besides this food-tour, we had an amazing time in Ascoli Piceno (if you go, don’t miss the famous Olive Ascolane – yes I’m talking about food again-, fried olives filled with meat) and the pleasant temperatures were just the cherry on top.
Also, I’ve tried to act like a super-cool hipster who spends most of the time wandering among the woods and mountains here at Lago di Scandarello. It’s an artificial lake, yet really beautiful. Worth the visit.
Here’s a sneak peek of a nice front garden in Ascoli. Bougainville is classic.
Annnndddd… The view from my room. Shout out to my friend Giulia, she’s the one who owns the house.