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Pescara: il ‘divo’, i trabocchi e la colomba ‘gourmet’ di Stefania

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Pescara, formerly called “Piscaria”, due to the fishiness of its sea, is a large port city and a center for shipbuilding, textile industry and, of course, fishing.
In addition to this, the city is a popular seaside resort whose beaches boast more than 10 km. They are perfectly equipped and offer numerous opportunities for relaxation and comfort.
Pescara is now called the “City of Two Bridges”, the Ponte del Mare, 466 meters long, and the largest cycle-pedestrian bridge in Italy and the Ennio Flaiano Bridge, named after the great writer from Pescara. Bridge of the Sea

Ponte del Mare

Things see while in Pescara
The fountain “La Nave”, a re-enactment of the maritime history of the city Cathedral of San Cetteo which houses a painting by Guercino, the San Francesco, donated by d’Annunzio himself
Vittoria Colonna Museum of Modern Art.
Villa Urania Museum rich collection of majolica from the sixteenth to the eighteenth century.
Civic Museum Basilio Cascella collects many works of the Cascella family.
Museum of the People of Abruzzo a thousand miniatures tell the traditions and customs of the region.
The fountain “La Nave”, a re-enactment of the maritime history of the city

La fontana “La Nave”, rievocazione della storia marinaresca della città

Gabriele D’annunzio 
During the Second World War, almost the entire city was in ruins. Most of its historical monuments were lost forever in this period. Among the destroyed buildings was a house of italian poet Gabriele D’Annunzio, where his mother lived.
After the war, the poet decided to restore the building. In 1963 a museum was opened here which, in a refined atmosphere, collects interesting testimonies of his life and his work. the house of Gabriele D’Annunzio

la casa di Gabriele D’Annunzio

Gastronomic paradise
Abruzzo’s cuisine is rich, varied and waiting to be discovered, so nothing better than to ask an expert in local gastronomy: Stefania Peduzzi who, in addition to knowing and promoting the region of the territory, is at the helm of Rustichella d’Abruzzo, a renowned pasta factory craftsmanship that exports all over the world.

Stefania Peduzzi

Hello Stefania, any advice for a weekend in Abruzzo?
I live in the province of Pescara and all around there are interesting places and little known places. So much beauty and so much history. I am studying and discovering the ancient medieval abbeys of these mountain areas, historically important structures because they once controlled the passage from Abruzzo to the Tyrrhenian Sea. Among my favorites, the splendid San Giovanni in Venere, San Clemente a Casauria and San Bartolomeo, little known and less visited, in Carpinedo della Nora. Another historical visit not to be missed is the ancient Bishop’s Abbey in Penne, a truly enchanting village, San Giovanni in Venere, San Clemente a Casauria and San Bartolomeo,
Where to go for a Sunday lunch?

San Giovanni in Venere, San Clemente a Casauria e San Bartolomeo,

Our hills, our villages are wonderful, and offer culinary realities to be discovered, and then I would aim for the charm of the sea. In Pescara, in the canal port area, you will discover unusual stilt houses with long arms that support the fishing nets: They are called trabocchi, restaurants suspended over the sea where you can enjoy seafood cuisine. The most suggestive are not far from the city, on the coast from Ortona to Vasto, passing through San Vito Chietino, Rocca San Giovanni, Fossacesia and Torino di Sangro. My fav are Cavalluccio and  Fornace 

uno dei tipici ‘trabocchi’ abruzzesi

Rustichella d’Abruzzo produces its famous Easter COLOMBA every year during this period, can you tell us about it?

It is made with “sourdough”, a natural and soft dough obtained through the leavening of water and flour and then left to rest in a controlled environment, to obtain a natural leavening. This continuous regeneration gives the dove a unique fragrance and lightness …
Easter is near: a ‘gourmet’ idea to serve the COLOMBA?
I thought of a colomba, with a twist, enriched with a mascarpone cream and garnished with strawberries. A simple dish, suitable for the end of lunch and which can be prepared at the moment. Happy Easter to you all!

Stefania Peduzzi

My mouth is watering already … What wine would you pair?
To stay in Abruzzo, I would choose a historic dessert wine: the Abruzzese ratafià, a typical, ancient and noble rosolio, also celebrated by Gabriele D’Annunzio. It combines the strength of Montepulciano D.O.P. and the sour scent of black cherries. Excellent choice to accompany desserts at the end of a meal. The most famous ratafià is that of the historic Toro Distillery, founded in 1817 and famous for its renowned Centerba and the distillates made from aromatic and healthy herbs that grow on Mount Morrone which is the backdrop to the plateau on which Tocco da Casauria stands, extreme strip of the province of Pescara.

Il tradizionale vino da dessert 'Ratafià'
Il tradizionale vino da dessert ‘Ratafià’

COLOMBA FILLED WITH MASCARPONE CREAM AND STRAWBERRIES

Una colomba pasquale un po’ ‘diversa,

ingredients for 6 people
3 eggs, 3 tablespoons of sugar 1 and a half tablespoons of cornstarch 400 ml of milk Vanilla extract 250 g of mascarpone, 1 sachet of powdered sugar 6 strawberries
Preparation
Beat the egg yolks with the sugar and cornstarch until the mixture is fluffy. At the same time, place the milk with the vanilla extract in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, pour in the mixture, turn until the cream becomes thick. At the first boil turn off and let cool. In a bowl, add 125 g of mascarpone cream to the cream and leave in the fridge to rest. Take the fresh strawberries, cut them lengthwise as shown in the photo, one for each diner. Cut the dove into slices and with a pastry bag put the cream on the slice and finally the strawberries. Complete with a sprinkling of powdered sugar.

INFO
Rustichella d’Abruzzo
Distilleria Toro,
Pescara Turismo