cotta per il pane
– Pasticceria - Ristorante – Bar
63023 Fermo (zona piazzetta ITIS)
.Una cotta per il pane
a restaurant or a baker’s wouldn’t be appropriate...even though
it is both. It was opened in January 2007 close to the ITIS in Fermo, an
historical institute built thanks to Montani counts in the nineteenth
century to be used as “asylum for
poor children and orphans of Fermo”.
first time I dined there, I was stuck by the environment and by some
unexpected details that can be detected at a close observation of the
place... on the bottom of a cabinet containing cakes there is for example
a piece of receipt “boil the milk,
flavourings and half of the sugar...”. A lot of other sentences –
thoughts, feelings – are written on the living room wall and on a table
where a lot of delicacies are on show, ready to be served. There is in
fact written “there is nothing
more attracting than seeing the limits of reason and bend to the pleasures
of food and of love”...
had the chance to get back to this place and to get acquainted with those
who dreamed and created this place when Trio
Silvia Manco performed.
They closed the first edition of “Guess
who plays at dinner”. It is the perfect blend of
jazz music and food delicacies. I couldn’t miss it! I met the owner ...Marco
that told me about this multifaceted place. He manages it with his
skilled brothers Fabrizio (the
pastry chef) and Riccardo (the
baker). Young members of the staff are in charge of the kitchen and of the
bar and service. .
.Una cotta per il pane
has now developed into a more complex structure, it was first
conceived as a baker’s. The owners have in fact exploited the knowledge
and tradition long stored in their family: their grandfather owned in fact
a baker’s in Porto Sant’Elpidio and also their parents have run for
thirty years now a baker’s in Fermo, called Peccati
di Gola in via Crollalanza. “Bread
is the base for anything” Marco
loves to repeat. He is a young man that after a university and job
experience in Milan has come back to his home town. He loves the place and
wanted to make a project real, he wanted to create something that would
describe his passion for a specific tradition and culture: the bread one.
dream could be carried out thanks to some friends, that added in turn some
new idea for the final result. The first step was choosing a name and
Una cotta per il pane. It is inserted in the ring of
a kitchen timer. It was chosen as it seemed most communicative and
essential in forms and colours (yellow earth clashing against a maroon
background and white letters). The cooking times for several recipes can
be read on the logo.
and unpretentious. Tradition always renews itself in the way of expressing
itself, in an original environment where even furniture play its role. “Being
creative is being alive” as Marco says. There you can feel how
spontaneous and true these words are. The devotion to making healthy and
delicious things stays. The choice of the ingredients is always made
carefully. “Fabrizio is very keen
on quality... he is one of those people that when they buy something
carefully read the ingredients on every label”. As I look around I
see several high quality local products on show on the shelves: jams and
beer jellies by SIGI, pasta Mancini
and Pasta di Aldo...
is true that bread is the core here – it is entirely made according to
an ancient recipe – but 180°gradi
is “The baker’s that transforms” as written on
the business cards... if in the morning it is possible to go and buy bread
(stone grinded durum wheat, but also spelt, soya, oats bread) on sale at
the baker’s corner together with apple pies, small pastries with custard
filling and raisin pastries, you can also have breakfast there with the
pastries and some latte macchiato. From 12 to 15 the place is ready for
Buffet lunch. Delicious dishes are on the bar to be enjoyed there or
ordered to take away.
the afternoon it is possible to enjoy a piece of cake in the cosy Tea
Room. It is possible to choose from several kinds of herb teas while
relaxing on the green and red puffs on the colourful side of the room and
enjoy some comics maybe. At 6pm the aperitivo
is served again in a special environment where to relax together with
friends after a day at work enjoying a glass of wine made in Fabrizio Canteen.
the weekends, after 9pm 180°gradi
.Una cotta per il pane
is pervaded by a romantic atmosphere with dinners to be enjoyed in
the cosy environment of a wine-bar. Good music is a pleasant
background be it a selection of songs or a live show by musicians that
perform on special nights, such as those of “Guess
who is playing for dinner”...