We were headed to the beach. We decided to take the scenic route instead of the highway, as were were only going 25 km to San Benedetto del Tronto. Shortly outside of Ascoli, I felt like I had entered biblical times. I yelled, "SHEEP! Pull over!" Brad pulled off the road, and right there were a large flock of sheep and lambs eating their breakfast and making quite a racket! There was a young man with a staff, "tending his sheep". (No, he didn't have a towel on his head like in an elementary school Christmas play, but he might as well have!)
This suburban girl has never seen sheep up close and personal (just off in the distance on hillsides in Italy), and I was mesmerized!
This big guy was 3 feet from our car!
The lambs were adorable! (I think I ate a relative a couple nights ago...)
OK, enough with the sheep. I'll spare you my video, since I don't know how to get it from my i-Phone to my blog. It looked like rain, but we headed to San Benedetto del Tronto and market day.
We parked by the train station, and it was a short walk to the very large market. It began to sprinkle, the POUR, so we ducked into a cafe for coffee. In about 20 minutes, it was back down to a drizzle, so we wandered through the market area, and picked up a few small gifts. We were not overly impressed with the town in general, though beach season was over. We were impressed that there were three porchetta trucks to choose from for lunch. We picked the porchetta vender by friendliness of the owners, as all the pigs looked delicious with the scents making us ravenous! We also stopped at a bakery for some local cookies, and headed back to our car just in time for the next downpour. We were warm, dry and had our porchetta party in the car. Then we headed down the coast a little way, and took the autostrada back to Ascoli.
We had a relaxing afternoon with a nap and some repacking before an appertivo. It was our last dinner in Ascoli, and the hotel recommended Ristorante Gallo D'Oro.
It was a pleasant walk, and the restaurant was pretty inside. We shared three courses, beginning with an AMAZING zucchini sformato in pastry with gorgonzola sauce and crispy fried zucchini on top.
Our pasta was trofie in a light tomato and pecorino sauce. It was served with a plate of peperocino to add your own kick.
Finally, we shared a perfectly cooked large veal chop. It was an excellent dinner!