The Secret Italy, with Casa Olivi...
What's known in English as The Marches is one of Italy's little-known treasures, often skipped in the tight itineraries and overlooked in the “must see” lists. Meanwhile, this region of historical treasures, meandering mountain roads and charming hilltop towns is becoming “the new Tuscany” and Casa Olivi answers the growing demand for a beautiful luxury accommodation.
Here are some of our best suggestions to discover our little paradise.
Much of the region remains relatively tourist-free and unknown, including its deeply traditional food – blessed with bounty from the mountains, farmland and sea, Le Marche produces a varied, seasonal cuisine and truly distinctive wines. To fully appreciate the charms of this undiscovered region, combine an off-the-beaten-track tour of the region's coastal scenery, breathtaking mountain views and evocative history with an exploration of some local culinary highlights such Olive Ascolane, stuffed olives, painstakingly and lovingly hand-made by local women, Lasagna Vincisgrassi, 12 layers of soft, slippery pasta sheets are interspersed with veal ragu, chicken liver or lamb sweetbreads, truffles or wild mushrooms, and béchamel sauce, cream fritta, cooked cream set in the fridge overnight, then gently coated in egg and breadcrumbs and deep-fried on skewers, or Ciauscolo, soft smoked-pork sausage flavoured with fennel, garlic and vino cotto, and served spread on toast as an appetiser or a snack...
Lasagna Vincisgrassi home made by our Chef Gianna
1. Private Chefs in Casa Olivi
There is nothing like a typical Marchigiano dinner to turn an evening into a special memory. With our Private Chefs who come directly into Casa Olivi, you have the personal touch and someone who can advise you to choose a menu that suits you. Often the chef can also suggest a wine from our personal wine cellar that combines well with the dishes that you have chosen. He or she will prepare for you a professionally cooked meal in the comfort of your
Typical italian dinner with Gianna
Gianna is an Italian Mamma who loves cooking and is extremely good at it. Everybody who has had the pleasure of trying one of her dishes is raving about her cooking skills: Her pizze, for example, are a mouth-watering combination of a perfect base, genuine mozzarella, homemade tomato sauce and fresh toppings, and reveal their wonderful flavour after their passage in a wood fired oven.
Her signature dishes include the very simple but heavenly combination of melon and prosciutto (cured ham), pork or beef stews served with grilled vegetables or scrumptious fruit tarts to give the meal a final sweet note and the very famous Lasagna Vincisgrassi.
Full Menu with Antipasti, primo piatto, secondo piatto and dessert around €50 per person, €25 for kids under 12 years- old, including final cleaning of the kitchen. Wine and beverage not included.
Mozzarella cooking class and Dinner with Chef Samuele
Samuele is a Chef in an agriturismo near Casa Olivi. He loves baking his own bread and preparing his own cheese and prosciutto . A dinner with him starts always with a cheese making demonstration of mozzarella or pecorino, followed by a cheese tasting with home made piadine and grilled vegetable. Then samuele will continue the evening and prepare a whole Marchigiano menu for your guests such as ricotta ravioli with roasted cherry tomatoes and basil, piglet in pork with seasonal vegetables and tiramisu with cow’s milk ricotta...
Full Menu with demonstration around €50 per person, €25 for kids under 12 years-old, including final cleaning of the kitchen.
Dinner with a Michelin Star Chef in Casa Olivi:
Chef Errico is the creative force behind the celebrated restaurant Andreina, in Loreto. Inspired by the traditional flavors of Marche, Chef Errico brings regional Italian cuisine into the 21st century through personal expression and mastery of contemporary techniques to create unforgettable dishes that transport diners into the realm of fantasy.
“My kitchen is the renewal of a rich tradition where the raw materials, carefully selected by me, must be enhanced but not altered. It is a continuous search of authentic dishes that can be updated through the use of new techniques,” says the passionate Michelin star chef.
Gourmet Menu around €130 per person, wine not included.
Chef at Le Case since 2000, Michele builts a very personal style. «After the alberghiero school I ran into several stages in France with Marc Veyrat in Megève; in Italy by Leemann and Cammerucci. Leemann’concepts in particular fascinated me. Here we are lucky to experiment our products as we watch spontaneous herbs growing, picked up every time we like. Our cuisine always starts from the kitchen garden and always goes back there».
His menu jumps from wild herbs’ lyricism of postmodern spaghetti and popcorn up to the obscurity of dandelion omelet with penne all’arrabbiata ice cream, a confusing parody of a typical Italian recipe contracted by a speedy semantics scheme.
Gourmet Menu around €120 per person, wine not included.
2. Our suggestion of restaurants
Very close to Casa Olivi:
Il Casolare dei Segreti
Gourmet agriturismo 5 minutes from the house, creative and elegant cuisine http://www.casolaredeisegreti.it C.da san Lorenzo, 28 62010 Treia
Tel. +39 0733 216441 On reservation
Pizzeria in the historic center of Treia
via Don Mizoni n.11, Treia
typical agriturismo with delicious pasta, gnocchi and argentinian grill http://www.ilvillinoristorante.it C.da San Carlo, 29, 62010 Treia 0733.215414
Close to Casa Olivi
Gourmet restaurant L’enoteca 1 Michelin star creative Pizzeria http://www.ristorantelecase.it Contrada Mozzavinci, 16/17, Macerata
+39 0733 231897
Trattoria da Ezio
simple, family pasta restaurant http://www.trattoriadaezio.eu Via Giovanni Mario Crescimbeni, 65, 62100 Macerata +39 0733 232366
Gourmet, 1 Michelin star http://www.ristoranteandreina.it Via Buffolareccia, 14, 60025 Loreto +39 071 970124
young and creative italian cuisine http://www.lagattabuiaristorante.it Piazza Martiri di Montalto - 62029 Tolentino + 39 0733 471632
Trattoria Gallo Rosso
creative local cuisine http://www.trattoriagallorosso.it Piazza XI Febbraio 4/bis Filottrano + 39 0717223406
By the sea:
fantastic location on the beach http://www.ristoranteemilia.it Via Poggio 149, 60020 Portonovo +39 071 801 109
Il Clandestino Susci Bar
Incredible view, very creative cuisine from famous Chef Moreno Cedroni
Via Porto Novo, 60020 Ancona +39 071 801422 On reservation
Not so close but incredible:
La Madonnina del Pescatore
Gourmet, 2 Michelin stars http://www.morenocedroni.it Via Lungomare, 11, 60017 Marzocca di Senigallia +39 071 698267 On reservation
Gourmet, 2 Michelin stars http://www.uliassi.it Banchina Di Levante 6, 60019 Senigallia +39 071 65463 On reservation
Le Marche is a beautiful wine region, with miles of untamed coastline, picturesque fishing villages like Portonovo, Renaissance gems like Urbino (where the painter Raphael was born), medieval hamlets such as Urbania, rustic mountain villages like Carpegna and wild expanses of nature that culminate in the splendorous peaks of Monti Sibillini. The most important wine towns include the capital, Ancona, and lovely Ascoli Piceno, Cupramontana, Matelica, Cingoli, Fabriano (and its curious Paper and Watermark Museum), Conero, the fortified beautiful village of Jesi, Recanati (also famous for being the birthplace of one of Italy ́s most famous poets- Giacomo Leopardi) and Numana.
The Best of the Reds The best red wines coming from the region are Sangiovese and Montepulciano, the indigenous black grape varietal that reaches its optimum point in the area's dry maritime climate and limestone-rich soils. The Montepulciano grape is not related to the Tuscan wine region of Montepulciano where Vino Nobile is made, rather is a separate noble varietal. Both Sangiovese and Montepulciano are used by the two most prolific appellations for red wine- Rosso Conero and Rosso Piceno- to make firm, tannic and easily recognizable wines. Moroder is an excellent producer of Rosso Conero.
Star White, Verdiccho Grape Beyond these two up-and-coming regions, most of the wine made in Le Marche is white, with the crisp and fresh Verdicchio varietal being the star. Although Verdicchio had long been seen as a lesser variety, the work being done by producers like Sartarelli and Pievalta are bringing a newfound depth and personality to the region's most popular white wine. There are different types of Verdicchio- Verdicchio Castelli di Jesi and Verdicchio di Matelica, Castelli di Jesi being more prevalent. The Pecorino grape is gaining popularity in Marche and many producers are making stellar white wines with this trendy varietal.
our favorite producers
Sartarelli http://www.sartarelli.it Moroder http://www.moroder-vini.it Bonci http://www.vallerosa-bonci.com Bucci http://www.villabucci.com La Distesa http://www.ladistesa.it Le Terrazze http://www.fattorialeterrazze.it
Wine tasting and wine tour with Casa Olivi
Discover the delicious wines from Le Marche with our friends and passionate sommeliers Amy Wadman and Mirco Lucamarini.
Amy is the creator and owner of diVino and has been running the business since 2003. As a result of her many years living, working and traveling in Italy Amy is both bilingual and bicultural, which makes her uniquely qualified to share her experience with people who are seeking a deeper understanding of the Italian lifestyle.
« I was born in Colorado and have been living in Italy for over 20 years. When I was 14 I moved from Boulder with my family to the tiny Tuscan hilltop village of
Montebenichi in central Tuscany. I think it took me about 1 week to decide that I would be staying forever!
After attending Italian public schools and working in the hospitality industry, I discovered a passion for Italy's wines and foods and for sharing this love with people visiting the area. I went on to study with the Italian Association of Sommeliers and received my Sommelier degree in May, 2005. Since then I've been traveling pretty much full time throughout Italy, spending extended periods of time in Rome, Liguria, Umbria, Trentino, Piedmont and Valle d'Aosta, working, visiting wineries, researching trip itineraries and sampling (feasting on) local foods and wines while gaining an understanding of the history and culinary traditions that make each of Italy’s 20 regions unique. I now live in the quiet region of Le Marche, which I believe is one of Italy's most beautiful undiscovered gems. »
Amy’s trips are custom tailored private tour packages and she works one on one with each individual traveler, creating one of a kind itineraries catering to each clients interests and needs. Though her trips are gourmet in nature and cater to wine lovers, she also likes to weive unique art and history experiences into her itineraries and arrange exclusive and one of a kind events for her travelers.
Prices, tasting and itineraries on demand, starting from €79 per person http://www.divinotours.com
Other activities around
Lunch on the Adriatic Sea
Enjoy italian "aperitivi", lunches, romantic dinners with a take away ready prepared by Le Torre Restaurant. The magnificent view of the Riviera del Conero and the Gulf of Numana is included in the program and it is absolutely a stunning way to enjoy the food and a good company. The formula take away includes:
• 4 different and tasty appetizers
• a "primo piatto" the classic italian first course (pasta, risotto)
• the main course, an important mixed fish grill or mixed fried fish
• Prosecco, an Italian sparkling wine; generally a Dry or Extra Dry that is conquering the The dining excursion starts from the Numana's Marina and ends in Portonovo and comes with a couple of stops to swim in the exclusive waters of one of the most beautiful environments in Europe. The meal (for lunch or dinner) is served the beautiful boat of Le Torre . The tour lasts 3:30 / 4 hours and the departures time is at 10/10: 30 or 17/17: 30. The boat leaves with a minimum of 6 to a maximum of 12 people. The cost is €60 per person. On reservation for private excursion Gianluca +39.335.5619520
world with its bubbles • wine and beverages.
Macerata Opera Festival
Macerata is certainly one of the most beautiful open air opera location. The Opera Festival is hosted entirely in the magnificent theatre-shaped Sferisterio, unique in its architectural genre. Designed in 1823 by architect Ireneo Aleandri, it derives its name and its half- circumference shaped plan from the name of the game played inside: the “armband ball” or Pallone col bracciale. Performances take place in July and August.
The programme of 51′ edition of Macerata Opera Festival, from 17 July to 9 August 2015, will propose this summer, Rigoletto 17, 25, 31 July – 9 August 2015
18, 24 July – 2, 8 August 2014
26 July – 1, 7 August 2015
http://www.sferisterio.it Piazza Giuseppe Mazzini, 10, 62100 Macerata +39 0733 230735
If you've got a thing about shoes and, in particular, about Italian shoes, you won't want to miss a trip to the outlets in Marche.
Shoe shopping heaven is located between the provinces of Macerata and Ascoli Piceno, an area which represents the heart of the Italian footwear industry. Shoe making in Marche is concentrated around the towns of Montegranaro, where there are several companies producing footwear for men; Monte Urano, which specializes in children's shoes; and Civitanova Marche, Porto Sant 'Elpidio and Sant'Elpidio a Mare, where the largest number of manufacturers of women's shoes is concentrated.
Our favorite outlet
Tod’s and Prada’s Outlet via Filippo della Valle 1 - Casette D'Ete - Sant'Elpidio a Mare Tel. +39 0734-871671 Opening hours: from Monday to Saturday 10-19.30
Truffle hunting with Alessandro
Enjoy some hours walking through woods, picking truffles along with our special guide Alessandro Benvenuti, the expert, but mostly a friend who will teach how to find truffles with his wonderful and inseparable dogs. After this wonderful experience you'll have a special truffle lunch at his place to enjoy this special natural product.
Truffle Menu will consist in bruschette with fresh truffles , tagliatelle butter and cheese with fresh truffles, eggs and truffles, cakes and wine. Price around €50 per person for black truffles Tour, Around €100 for white truffles. Prices include walk in the wood with our professional truffle hunter with his dogs, and lunch with fresh truffles.
75mins drive from Casa Olivi. Rates do not include transportation. In case you prefer not to drive we can book you a car/ minivan with personal chauffeur.
Triumph Spitfire MKIII 1968 For rental in Casa Olivi.
2 seats convertible car in excellent conditions Totally renovated in 2013, black leather seats
Rental price: €250 per day
Car insured for driving in Europe with valid driving license, covering damages caused to third party car or property. Being more than 30 years old, the car cannot be insured for its own value and damages.
Deposit (to be paid before the rental, reimbursed immediately after, upon return without damage to the car): €5000
and much more...
Golf Course Conero Golf Club Via Betelico 6 Fraz. Coppo 60020 Sirolo (AN) Italy Tel. +39 071 7360613 http://www.conerogolfclub.it
Yoga and Massages in Casa Olivi Anandi, Inspired wellness http://www.anandi.co.uk On reservation
Grotte di Frasassi http://www.frasassi.com A walk of about 1 hour and 15 minutes accessibile to everybody at a temperature of 14 degrees constant all the year round.
Monte Sibillini National Park Italian national park located across the regions of Marche and Umbria, encompassing the provinces of Macerata, Fermo, Ascoli Piceno and Perugia. It was established in 1993, and now contains more than 70,000 hectares http://www.sibillini.net
our favorite cities Dignified town of Macerata, the provincial capital Ancona, charming old town of Ascoli Piceno, Urbino, jewel of renaissance, seaside resort town of Pesaro, the alluring hilltown of Fermo and many other smaller inland towns like Loreto, Cagli, Cingoli, Jesi, Offida, Recanati...