Turkish Coffee of Ancona

The cuisine of Ancona is obviously linked to the sea. Fish and more fish dominate the menu, but an interesting left over from history remains in the local coffee.

Called 'Turchetto' it is a strong drink served up in a glass. Ask for it 'al vetro' or in a glass. It consists of a dose of strong bitter Italian coffee lungo added to which is black rum and a touch of lemon juice.

It should be served hot and the other ingredients should not lower the temperature of the coffee too much. Try it at home.

Stong dispositions are also required for the local liqueurs. The names to watch out for on the labels are Varnelli, Meletti and Borghetti.

The first of these was originally made from herbs and roots from the Monte Sibillini. Also of note is 'Antico Balsamo Cagliostro' a digestive based on licorice.

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