Sunday, November 12, 2006

Madonnina del Pescatore – One of the best Seafood Restaurants in Italy

Madonnina del Pescatore, in Senigallia, is one of the best Seafood Restaurants in Italy. This is a bold claim for a country where mediocre seafood would be considered top shelf here in the US. Italy does seafood well and I do not mean to disrespect the other regions where the seafood is fantastic. Il Canzuncella in Naples, the Charleston in Palermo, all of the restaurants on the lido of Cagliari, the local mom and pop places from Taranto to Trieste and back to Catania all do seafood in the most wonderful ways. It should also be noted that I generally do not like seafood. It must be fresh, eyes still blinking fresh, for me to be able to enjoy a good plate of seafood.

Yet Madonnina del Pescatore in Senigallia is a tribute to the Marche and their capability to take simple, fresh, local ingredients and turn them into a banquet fit for a King. Madonnina del Pescatore may find its fairytale existence to the husband and wife owner-operator team. Moreno Cedroni, the chef, is a self-taught master chef. Initially he was in charge of the dining room. In the early 90s his partner left the business and in 1993 Moreno realized that he needed to shake things up. He left the dining room and dedicated his energies to the kitchen.

Instead of preparing the usual run of the mill plates he took a course to become a sommelier and went to the early morning fish auctions at the local port. Still not satisfied he went back to culinary school to learn the techniques of traditional preparation. At this point he expressed his passion for balance of food and wine. Gone are Fritti Misti and a new combination of flavors and elements appear. His attention to fresh ingredients and their nutritional value are such that before dinner is served a complete description of what, how and why is brought to the table.

Perhaps it is not just the harmony of delicate flavors that makes this experience unique. The dining area is contemporary and in its simplicity allows the natural beauty of the location to dominate. Located right on the beach, the view is incredibly peaceful. Just beyond the dining room windows the sea flows into the horizon while behind the restaurant the green, rolling hills of Senigallia.

Senigallia is one of my safe ports. That means when I am traveling and in the area I will stay in Senigallia, even drive out of the way to stay there. Once the summer rush is over it is a beautiful place with friendly people and marvelous food. The Madonnina del Pescatore is one of the reasons I love Senigallia so much.

Madonnina del Pescatore
Lungomare Italia, 11
Marzocca di Senigallia (An)
Tel. 071.698267


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow! That sounds like it would be one hell of a dining experience. I'm thinking about a mini-trip to Italy too, in the spring of 2007

12:19 AM

Blogger Travel Italy said...

Dianne Senigallia is out of the way but if you are on the East coast it is worth a visit!

6:49 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...


I am planning on a slightly off the beaten track break. I need to check a map, but I want to drive through the mountains, overnighting and eating in the little hotels and restaurants en route. Hopefully see Milan too

Of course any recommendations will be gratefully recieved


12:19 AM

Blogger Travel Italy said...

Diane - How many days; are you interested in a wine-culinary experience?

5:56 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

About a week I think David! Oh yes, food and wine, with some stunning scenery is exactly what I'm looking for


9:09 AM

Blogger Travel Italy said...

Dianne I will put together a 5 day wine and food trip for the spring. I suggest, travel by train. This weekend I'll publish it.

9:40 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you David! I t is very much appreciated!


1:29 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Madonna needs to dine here! It needs her imprint!

5:24 PM


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