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Ascoli Piceno: Ristorante Enoteca Kursaal

Via Mercantini 66 , Phone: 0736-253140

Closing day: Sunday and Monday lunch

Reviewed by: Susie L from CA, review #1012

When: 2002

Combination enoteca and restaurant serving traditional Ascolani food

A friendly and casual restaurant serving the traditional food of Ascoli Piceno. A large focus here is on wine. This was a meal for two.

Our wine was 1997 Anghelos De Angelis Marche Rosso

Antipasti - Bresoala with rucola, drizzled with olive oil Olive Ascolani - These are the large green olives of Ascoli, stuffed with a mixture of ground meats. Usually this mixture is composed of pork, beef, veal or turkey. The olives are then rolled in bread crumbs and deep fried. At Kursaal, they have a woman who does nothing but make these olives! They are fantastic.

Pasta - Tagliatelle with porcini mushrooms (me) and Zitoni al Ascolana (Mark). The zitoni was like a very small penne pasta. The sauce was a tomato sauce, with that fabulous Italian canned tuna and green olives. The owner told us that this is the traditional Christmas pasta dish of Ascoli.

We followed with mixed green salads and macerated fruit (macedonia) for dessert.

Unfortunately, I neglected to note what the bill was, but I remember it as being very reasonable. The service was casual and welcoming.

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