Marche Food & Wine

Traditional Specialities, Pasta, Salumi, Cured Meats, cheeses

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Did you know that an International Festival of Brodetto and Fish Soup existed and has even been going for ten years? More importantly, before we even get to that, do you know what a brodetto is? Let’s do this in an orderly fashion. Fish brodetto is an historic dish in Adriatic cuisine, in particular in Veneto, Le Marche and Abruzzo. Its origins date back to far off era defined by poverty and ingenious solutions. The fisherman of...
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Noi facciamo un mestiere particolare. Partiamo da un’idea, da un’intuizione immateriale, arriviamo a un oggetto materiale, come una borsa o un capo d’abbigliamento,  e poi, quando ci applichiamo il simbolo con i due angeli, lo trasformiamo in qualcosa che ha una forte carica simbolica immateriale, positiva. Chi sceglie un nostro oggetto per  sé, o per regalarlo a una persona che ama...
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(Pagan symbol in the catholic church of Bullintubber, Western Ireland)

For a few days now, the word ‘syncretism’ has been going round and round inside my head. It’s one of those words that you come across at school and one that fascinates, not only because of its meaning, but also because of the sound...

Many products lines are manufactured according to the following presumption: given that mass-produced pasta is smooth and yellow, then home-made pasta should be white and coarse. When you see these knobbly, snow-white examples of pasta, they have actually been produced by a system which is completely wrong, because the methods used to manufacture these products are so extreme: the dough contains just a tiny amount of water and the production tube is kept very cold. Thus, you get pasta which appears...

When we were younger my grandmother often mentioned her parents, telling us that for a while they used to organise a ‘game of bowls’. I never understood exactly what a game of bowls was. The only two elements that seemed clear in this relatively unknown commercial exercise, the ancestor of modern bowling, were that the bowls were made entirely of ivory (my grandmother was visibly proud of this), and that served to the guests would be a recipe which, it appears, was of unquestionable appeal: “wine and...

I must confess that the writing of this article a few days ago, was by no means easy. I’d intended to put it online immediately upon my return from an enjoyable afternoon spent tasting wine and sampling an array of local products. An event which took place on March 21st at the wine producers Fazi Battaglia in Castelplanio. However that afternoon I came home completely drunk and had to concede...

When it comes to olives, I will always remember the story of an old woman, probably the grandmother of a friend of the family, who had a sacred relationship with oil. Having survived two world wars, hunger and the loss of loved ones, she was forced to redefine with decision and a little irrationality, the domestic priorities to ensure her family’s existence. Everyone faces adversity in their own unique way: my grandfather for example, in a bid to avoid being sent to the frontline,...

Milk hands

Imagine a meadow suffused with sunshine and smiles; you can hear silent music, that of peace, like those times when the corners of your mouth turn upwards and you never want to leave this place, wrapped in an intense warmth and animal heat. Calves wander along the road that winds around the large, stone house belonging to the Trionfi Honorati.
Long lashed, dark eyes peer at you through the fence, looking at you curiously, the black and white backs come nearer to sniff your hands. Like a large community of diverse friends, from different nationalities, different countries, different jobs, different colours, different ages, backgrounds and animal kingdoms. The female buffaloes, who are the real protagonists, are well looked after and their milk, through the strength of crystal passion becomes art. Giulia, in this multiformed universe she has created, with the milk from her beloved buffaloes, creates cheeses that surprise the palate, in the shape of new inventions and unexpected combinations.

It matters not whether you take a slice of pink peppered caciotta or a carton of pistachio yogurt, to enjoy the flavour and the atmosphere, sitting on the swing in the farmhouse garden. You can add a bit of homemade pepper marmalade to a piece of caciotta or a seasoned tomino, combinations which are a surprise to Giulia’s eyes, always proud of the art she produces with her cheese. You can visualise the very beginning of that work of art, from that first caress of the buffalo, to the moment of tasting a slither of the strongly flavoured Casteldelmedico.

And behind that rich counter of milk delicacies consisting of multiple forms and textures, you can see the laboratory where every morning Giulia makes Mozzarella, turns it upside down, embraces it, mixes it, makes it glisten and plaits it with vigour and spirit that shines in her eyes and in her hands.
Until she arrives at the crème de la crème of her milk inventions, the Gessatina, which goes well with a drop of honey, as Giulia says with clear satisfaction. It is her favourite invention, a round compressed shape with undulating lines, that flakes when you open it and surprisingly melts in your mouth, even though a second before you would never have thought so, and without realizing you find yourself laughing unexpectedly like when you experience wonder.

1.    Taleggello
2.    Caciotta al tartufo
3. Bucarello con marmellata di peperoni
4.    Scamorza
5.    Gessatina
6.    Caciotta al peperoncino
7.    Robiolina stagionata
8.    Casteldelmedico

        Paradise Possible Communication 2010


Coming soon...

Paradise Possible is not just tourism, art, landscape and territory: it’s all that and much more.
Broadly speaking, it also means Taste. Taste for discovering the flavours of Le Marche: a real pleasure for the palate.
Starting by an accurate selection and research, Paradise Possible is able to offer you the pearls of the wine and food tradition in Le Marche, telling you the history, the qualities, the benefits and the characteristics of each product through the product data sheets, the Multimedia Gallery and the Blog in the Food & Wine Shop section of our website. 

the products of the wine and food tradition in Le Marche not only means eating but also knowing what we are eating.
We live in a time in which we have access to food products without knowing anything about their origin, their production and, above all, without taking into account what such products will bring to our body.
Paradise Possible is going to tell you the health facts of each product, through interviews with the producers and on-site visits, by thoroughly selecting the products in order to come to a healthy choice.
In the product profile pages you will find detailed information, so that you can be aware of what you are going to purchase. Through the “My own Paradise” blog, you can follow the entire checkup we carry out for each product directly on site: from the beekeeper to the pasta maker, from the oil mills to the wineries or from the cheese factories to the handmade confectionery.
We will tell you about their history, from the details and the particular origins of a product, to the careful dedication of each producer of our collection… or basket, if you prefer, because we are convinced that it’s the sum of the individual parts that makes the excellence of the whole.
We don’t just want to introduce good products seducing the eyes and the palate; in a time in which we can rapidly do the shopping on the Internet just relying on the writings on the labels, according to which everything is traditional and natural, our aim is also to nourish your knowledge and awareness of what you get in your meal.
Consumers now want to know what they get. Therefore, we will only deal with products we know and write about, together with their origins and the beauty of the area in which they are produced.
In our Food & Wine Shop, we’ll pay particular attention to allergies, indicating those products containing gluten, lactose, hazelnuts etc. This responds to the need for a responsible purchase in the full respect of allergic consumers, who can be sure to buy allergen-free products in our shop.
Our shop will be different from the others: entertaining with its stories, helpful and usefully informative about what we are going to eat . Moreover - why not - it could also help you become a sort of good food expert, to be able to tell your guests tasty stories while letting the magic of food and words enthral them.
We are convinced that everything tastes better, when enjoyed with complete awareness.
The new Paradise Possible Shop is coming…
…Stay tuned!
 ... and waiting for the premiere of our website, an anticipation of the travel tales through the flavours of Le Marche... 
"Silvano and the coloured trees"
Not one colour that repeats itself. Rows of trees, plants and grasses, bushes and sprays that reach out to be smelt. Silvano strolls proudly amongst them losing himself in the excitement of recounting how all this came into being, the passion for how it was all done with respect for the earth and for traditions, so that not a single blend of taste and smell would be lost. Wild cherries and apples, peaches and gooseberries, and an ancient mulberry tree from where it all began and from under which buds of all sorts multiply and join the palette of colours which is Silvano’s land. Walking through it you wonder if some splashes of red pepper tempera or a touch of pink apple or white fig or green mint would stick to you. Who knows, it could happen, together with those scents mixed with the earth that never leave your clothes.  Do species like these really exist? Am I perhaps in nature’s paradise, in a luxuriant blossoming and fruiting that tastes of land and passion?  It does seem possible, and that it can all be captured in a small jar of colour that itself looks like a fruit.
Pick it from the branch, remove the stalk, open the lid, sink in the spoon and bite into the fruit. You will discover the same taste inside, intact just as if you were there, under Silvano’s coloured trees, eating it.
by Paradise Possible for Azienda Si.Gi.
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