Martedì, 23 Ottobre 2018

Marche's Circolino del Molo rewards adventurous foodies


(By Alina Trabattoni)
Rome, September 11 - If you want to get away from
it all, but don't have the luxury of time for a long-haul flight
to Belize or the Seychelles, then step away from the manic
Italian end-of-summer and all its festive and colourful chaos at
the Circolino del Molo restaurant in central Italy.
Here, you find yourself near many of the busiest seaside
locations in the eurozone's third-largest economy: Pesaro,
Cattolica, Rimini and Milano Marittima.
Yet one feels they could be on a deserted isle, far from
civilization, savouring the unique seafood flavours and soaking
in the rich colours and fragrances from the lush green
hillsides, dramatic cliff faces and indigo blue sea.
Currently accessible only by boat due to a landslide on the
single windy road that leads to the singular bay, you are
immediately welcomed coming in from sea by the unique
architectural masterpiece that houses the restaurant on a port
jutting out from stony beach.
The building, designed using traditional ship-building
methods, uses traditional sea-born materials.
Oxidised copper, treated fir and levitated cement can be
seen everywhere.
In addition, walls are adorned with stone elements sourced
straight from the sea, following Mediterranean tradition.
The kitchen is open-style, permitting guests to admire the
preparation of dishes, and internally the restaurant seats up to
40 people.
Inside, the restaurant boasts sweeping panoramic windows
framing the deep blue Adriatic spreading out to infinity.
Another 40 can be seated on the outside terrace overlooking
the quay where private boats can moor and guests are brought in
by dingy from the closest accessible bay.
Dining outside is a unique experience, comparable only to
feasting aboard a ship.
The Circolino del Molo restaurant is immersed in the
natural park of San Bartolo in the region of Marche.
Sweeping views of the natural beauty of the lush green
hanging clifftops, miles of sea and deserted coastline, along
with the finest recipes local produce and fishing can concoct,
intoxicate the senses.
Towering in the hills above at 200 meters above sea level
is the renowned Casteldimezzo fortress where it is still
possible to see the original boundary walls.
Instead, looking out to sea the occasional sailboat can be
seen flittering by along stunning horizon.
The chef's focus is that of stepping back in time when fare
was simple and straightforward, avoiding the more elaborate and
sophisticated concoctions of our time.
A trip into the past, a light hand in preparation, and a
careful revisiting of the traditional recipes of the area are
recurring themes for the gastronomic masterpieces and their
solid faithfulness to the authenticity of the local produce.
The perfectly prepared fried prawns accompanied with the
cream of cannellini beans and fried artichoke are a must, as is
the scampi tartar with its fragrant citrus and celery sauce. The
much-requested coned and breaded sardines with their delicious
fried capers and lemon sauce leave a sweet to the palate. The
sautéed mussels and clams are another delicacy that must be
A local favourite is the Mancini-sauce spaghetti with
mussels au gratin and fragrant bread, with all the ocean's
flavours bursting out as one takes the first bite.
The home-made tortelli pasta stuffed with the catch of the
day are served with a fragrant anchovy sauce, pine nuts and
cream of eggplant and crispy asparagus, a dish carefully
tailored to gastronomic perfection. The richly-flavored grilled
salmon with thyme sauce and Dijon mustard also features high on
the chef's requests list, as do the dense and nourishing tuna,
scallops and shrimp skewers with freshly-picked mashed potatoes
side dish.
Finish the meal off with a dark chocolate delight served
with steaming orange and cinnamon sauce.
After the dizzying flavours and delights, one can recoup
from the experience by lounging on the exquisite deck in
comfortable beige sun lounges with a sorbet in hand, sunglasses,
and many a peaceful thought in mind as the gaze reaches out to
the rebellious rocks spearheading their way out into the
dramatic surf.
Detached from space and time, a meal or a day here leaves a
feeling of peace and harmony that will fuel you through
following days of Italian summer chaos.
The simple concepts and lines along which both the
architectural lines and gastronomic delights are carved spell
out a unique authenticity and clarity.

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