Friday, June 3, 2016

L'Angolo di Mario in Pesaro: Overlooking the Adriatic

Overlooking the sparkling turquoise Adriatic Sea on a glorious day of blue skies and warm sunshine, L'Angolo di Mario was the absolutely perfect restaurant to launch our arrival in Le Marche after our fabulous two weeks in Umbria. Wrestling with rainy weather for many of the days, the bright sun and warm temperatures were a welcome change. After a lovely drive from Umbria over the Apennines to Le Marche, we timed our arrival in Pesaro for a memorable lunch at this seaside treasure, and shown to a prime table overlooking the water with sensational views of the Adriatic coast for which Le Marche is famous. Offering a delicious menu specializing in fish and seafood, we began with an Aperol Spritz and basket of warm rosemary and olive oil piadina with sea salt which our charming waiter recommended. We followed with Crostini con Sardoncini Marinati e Anellini di Tropea (crostini of marinated sardines in olive oil and pink onion) and a delicious Caprese con Bufala. Verdicchio has a long history in the Marche region and always keen to try local wines, we ordered a cold and delicious bottle of 2015 Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi to enjoy with our meal — excellent! With a tempting list of housemade pasta on the menu, we settled on the Strozzapreti al Tonno Fresco con Pesto di Pistacchio e Zucchine alla Julienne (a typical pasta from the region with fresh tuna, pistacchio pesto and zucchini) and spectacular Tagliolini allo Scoglio with seafood, clams, mussels and prawns which Eva, our wonderful Italian language teacher in Toronto, had dreamily described to us in anticipation of our culinary journey to Le Marche. Fortified with a frozen glass of Limoncello and hot frothy macchiato, we enjoyed a leisurely walk along Pesaro's waterside boardwalk before wending our way to Castello di Monterado.

Our lovely 'Table 35' overlooking the azure Adriatic on a bright and gorgeous sunny day

The restaurant is located on the Pesaro boardwalk overlooking azure water of the Adriatic

The bright nautical interior of L'Angolo di Mario

The L'Angolo di Mario menu

A bright and beautiful Aperol Spritz with Prosecco

A basket of warm rosemary and olive oil piadina garnished with sea salt

Crostini con sardoncini marinati e anellini di tropea - Crostini of marinated sardines with pink onion

Caprese con Bufala

Our handsome and charming server, anticipating our every desire

A cold and delicious bottle of 2015 Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi

Light and crisp, we fell in love with Marche's esteemed Verdicchio

Strozzapreti al tonno fresco con pesto di pistacchio e zucchine alla julienne - Typical pasta from the region with fresh tuna, pistacchio pesto and zucchini

Tagliolini allo scoglio with seafood, clams, mussels and prawns 

A bottle of Limoncello was brought to the table to pour as we wished

Frozen glasses were brought to allow the Limoncello to be enjoyed ice cold

A hot and foamy Macchiato

View of L'Angolo di Mario from the pier as we went for a walk along the boardwalk after lunch

Italian artist Arnaldo Pomodoro has left his golden sphere monuments all over the world 
and one has become the symbol of Pesaro in Le Marche

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