Bar del Conte

Via Marina Bosco, Fano, Italy

Moretta at Bar del Conte
The tasting tour of the Moretta continues (the previous episode can be found here) with another traditional place.
For non-locals, finding this place is not easy: it is between the beach and the harbor, on a street where you would never think of stopping for a good coffee. The place itself, does nothing to capture your attention from the outside. Also, there are not so many reviews online. This is probably because the patrons don’t care about posting reviews: they are too busy enjoying their moretta and their time at this bar.
And they actually have point. The alcoholic mix of the moretta is excellent: strong and not to sweet. The coffee is thick and dense, to the point that the lemon skin remains on top of the layer of foam. 
On a cold humid winter day, after a long walk at the beach and at the harbor, this coffee is what you need to complete your day.
Moretta at Bar del Conte

White Truffle Experience

After a few disappointing and extremely expensive attempts to dine with white truffle in NY, I came to the conclusion that the best way to enjoy this delicacy is to taste it at the production site, in Italy.

White truffle joy kit

Forget about the overly rated white truffle mac and cheese that you can find in New York’s West Village restaurants. At these restaurants, the excessive use of condiments, cheese and sauces overshadows the rich and gentle flavor of the truffle.

Following the three-ingredient paradigm of culinary simplicity and excellence, the best truffle recipe is homemade tagliatelle with unsalted butter and a generous amount of sliced truffle. Period.

Tagliatelle with White Truffle

Same considerations apply for a truffle based appetizer or snack: a piadina romagnola stuffed with a plain frittata and sliced truffle will elevate this traditional dish to ethereal heights.

Piadina with frittata and white truffle

Bar Menamè

Lungomare Cristoforo Colombo, Porto Tricase, LE, Italy 

The heat of summer afternoon in Salento is made more enjoyable by a traditional coffee drink: espresso with ice cubes and almond milk. The bar in Porto Tricase is just in front of the old harbor. On the wharf, kids dive into crystal clear water, between sleepy fishing boats. This coffee must be enjoyed drop by drop, in the hope that the pleasure of this day in the heart of the Mediterranean would last forever.

Caffè del Porto

Via Nazario Sauro 20, Fano, Italy

In Fano (Italy), there is a bar where the fishermen used to meet before starting their working day. In this part of Italy, winter days can be cold, foggy and extremely humid. Starting to work at 3am in the morning, the fishermen need to stay awake and warm for long hours. Here is where “moretta” comes into play. In a small glass, a layer of a “secret” alcoholic mix (cognac, rum, anisette… no one will ever tell you the exact recipe) is heated with the steam of the espresso machine. One shot of espresso and a small piece of lemon skin complete the masterpiece. Moretta is the quintessential digestive coffee, a true delight for every occasion (you don’t need to wake up at 3am in the morning to truly enjoy it).