I tried so many interesting and tasty dishes while I was in Le Marche that I decided to write a separate blog post on this Italian region’s culinary gems. It is quite a rural area so is known for a lot of hearty country-style cooking, and for seafood dishes given its position along the Adriatic coast. As I was travelling alone most of the food I ate consisted of delicious local snacks that I’d like to tell you about. I also indulged somewhat in the local wines, which I’ll explain further down.
So let’s start back in Urbino. As this is a university town it is full of reasonably priced bars and cafes offering snacks and student food. I noticed almost everywhere they were offering “crescia sfogliata”, a speciality of the area around Urbino. So I decided to give it a try. I stopped in Caffe Raffaello (Via Raffaello Sanzio 41) , a wine bar close to Raphael’s house that seemed cosy. The owner was very friendly and explained the crescia to me, describing it as a flaky flat bread that can be filled with cheese, ham, herbs or other options. He suggested I try one with spinach and Mozzarella cheese. Here is what he brought me, along with a glass of Verdicchio white wine. [...]