While I was gently dozing, lulled by the murmur of the sea, a hand gently touched my shoulder. I woke up in wonder: a green ancient Divinity was smiling at me. “Who are you?” I asked? “I’m the paccasassi, the sea fennel from the Conero promontory. Try my leaves, and you’ll be enchanted!” and offered me succulent and fragrant leaves in an aromatic extra virgin olive oil. A whirlwind of taste, first carrot then lemon then again fennel, woke up my taste…and my appetito! So we sat alternating happily delicious crackers with paccasassi pesto and juicy peperoncini dolci filled with a spicy tuna crème, and finely ground dry tomatoes with aromatic herbs. Now I was hungry, so my host offered me the very top of taste and creativity: maccheroni quadrati generously sprinkled with a tantalizing tuna and pistacchio sauce. My host disappeared, and just in time: I had no intention to divide the dessert: almond pralines. Paradisiac. As all Italian Cuisine.
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