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Macerata: Il Pozzo

Via Costa, 5 , Phone: 261831

Reviewed by: Jackie in Italy from IN, review #813

When: 2004

Elegant food and delightful pizzas welcome jazz fans and pub-goers alike at Il Pozzo in Macerata, Italy.

Upon arrival at Il Pozzo, Macerata's most charming little pub and restaurant, one immediately feels as if he's "found" something. The laid-back atmosphere conjures up visions of late night jazz sessions, pub regulars who chat on a first name basis with the owners, and crowds of hip young people sipping their glasses of wonderful red wine. While the late night jazz sessions have cooled down a bit in the last few years (once years ago, Chet Baker had a show here, and the photos all over the walls are proof of this), Il Pozzo's place as a hang out for Macerata locals is pretty much secure, only helped by the fact that Il Pozzo has some of the best food in the city. With a menu that changes regularly and plenty of great pizza, Il Pozzo has established itself as both pub and restaurant, giving the term "bar food" a new meaning.

While we dine there frequently, I tend to always get pizza, while my husband flips a coin between pizza and pasta. You can't go wrong really, and the Capricciosa--an Italian classic pizza--is delicious with loads of artichoke hearts, capers, mushrooms and (if you like--I am a vegetarian, so I request a special pizza) prosciutto and anchovies. Another great pizza that brought my friend back to Macerata with only Il Pozzo on her mind is the Caprona--a pizza-fied version of the caprese salad with its tomato, buffalo mozzarella, and arugula over Il Pozzo's delicious crescia (pizza bread).

In terms of pasta, Il Pozzo fixes up different dishes constantly and never disapoints. Most people I know love the orrechiette with broccoli and anchovies, and other such dishes abound (oftentimes Macerata specialties, although the orrechiette dish is a classic from Puglia), even as the menu changes.

Plus, if you are in the mood for neither pasta or pizza, and just want a "snack," Il Pozzo has wonderful crescia bread sliced up and served with sott'olio (under oil, literally--veggies that are conserved in oil) and meats or cheeses, as you like.

And this--wonderful food and drink, mixed with a friendly pub atmosphere and jazz music sliding by in the background--makes Il Pozzo a great pick for an evening in Macerata.

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