Storico Fresco's founder, Mike Patrick, began exploring the Italian countryside three years ago, hoping to find some of the world's most extraordinary pasta recipes. He found them by working in small pasta shops, in monasteries, in the homes of Italian grandmothers and on traditional Italian farms.
During these journeys, the chef and sommelier not only learned a lot about Old World cooking, he discovered that Italy and its pasta have a problem. These extraordinary recipes are disappearing.
Inspired to preserve these endangered recipes and the traditional ways of making them, Mike founded Storico Fresco Pasta (Storico Fresco means "fresh history" in Italian) to create a line of pastas which are faithful, handmade reproductions of these great, Italian foods.
Storico Fresco has partnered with "Four Seasons Natura e Cultura", an Italy-based tour operator promoting responsible and sustainable tourism. They specialize in walking holidays, cultural tours and archaeological itineraries for groups and for individual travelers.
Travel in March 15-24 to discover the Flavors of Le Marche
Although Marche is one of the smallest regions in Italy, its menus and kitchens show off many rich examples of Italian cooking. Hard-to-find foods made with ancient recipes have evolved over centuries at local monasteries settled in the hillscapes between Rome and the Adriatic Sea. The food there is also known as "the holy food of Cucina dello Spirito," and you'll learn firsthand how the monks and nuns use it to feed the both the body and the soul.
The food in central Marche is called "the food of the countrymen" and most of the recipes there are based on legumes, olive oil and ricotta cheese. And the beautiful lands of the Duke of Urbino is where you'll discover the ancient pasta lumachelle, and see where one of the world's best truffles has been hunted since the times of the Romans.
Day 1: Rome- Monteprandone
Day 2: Monteprandone - Ascoli Piceno
Day 3: Monteprandone San Benedetto del Tronto
Day 4: Monteprandone–Macerata/Treia
Day 5: Treia-Jesi/Treia
Day 6: Treia-Urbania
Day 7: Urbania
Day 8: Sant’Angelo In Vado
Day 9: Urbania – Urbino – Urbania
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