When it comes to restaurants in Ancona, Osteria Teatro Strabacco is our favorite. A restaurant that offers typical Italian food in the middle of the city center, but is hidden enough so that it’s not crowded and is frequented only by those that know of it’s existence (now you know, so, go!), this cozy nook has drawn in names from all over the globe.
At Strabacco, food hospitality is treated like the theater- every evening, and every meal, is a different scene with different props, backdrops, actors, colors, tastes, smells, and audiences. With its three levels and solely wooden furnishings, even the building itself can be likened to a stage. Add the mass of colorful objects, old photographs, candles, old-fashioned lamps, and plastic figures, and you truly feel like you’re walking back in time (yet somehow eccentrically modern) through a fairytale. And this is all before food even comes into consideration.
The quality of dishes leaving the kitchen is always superb, and the selection of wines is truly remarkable (1,200 of them to pick from!). If asked, the oste Danilo Tornifoglia (known as Kiki to friends and native Ancona-ians) will take you downstairs, where you will find an old piano and a wine cellar that is tough to beat when it comes to showcasing the wines of Marche. Both cuisine and wine inventory focus mainly on traditional productions from the region, but there are also rotating specials and unusual twists. Pasta with a minty cream sauce? Bruschetta al lardo? Yes, please, we’ll try it all.
And, is is worth to add, that their tiramisu is the best that I’ve ever had- and, while traveling the world, I have made an effort to try my favorite dessert every time that the opportunity presented itself.
Whether you are an artist or a professional, need a nice date spot, a casual dinner, or a wine break, Strabacco will impress. Even if you are just passing through the streets, alone and without a destination in mind, come set food inside. Much like a “chef’s table”, there is the special tavolo quattro; one of the large communal tables that is filled with just as many personal stories, laughs, and new friendships as with memories of people (both famous and anonymous) that have sat at its benches and discovered Danilo’s charm.
Tel: 071 56748