Thanks to two 2-star restaurants, “La Madonnina del Pescatore” and “Uliassi” the Senigallia’s per capita of Michelin stars is probably among the highest worldwide. I was blessed by having a meal from both in the same day, thereby accruing in a single day a capital of epicurean pleasures to keep me going for the next six months… ;).
In “La Madonnina…” I went for the 11 courses tasting menu. Now, the first thing to be underlined before I can even dare to make comments is that all what you will get at your table is mind-boggling, refined, patently researched for long time before serving and complex, delicate and suggestive at the same time.
I have travelled a few “grand restaurants” and while I don’t take pictures of the food, I have the habit of writing comments on either my smart-phone or the menu just besides the dishes. For La Madonnina I have comments like “mind-boggling”, “spectacular”, “very intense”, “wonderful”, “perfect”, “balanced and deep” on 8 of them. On one I have “just one note too sweet in the sauce” (the cassoeula of fish with beans and sausage – yes, sounds weird but you definitely want to try it) and one “not really remarkable”. This is outstanding eating! The Chef is a celebrity in Italy, he is extremely nice and caring, and often serves himself the tables and explains what you are going to have.
I asked the Sommelier to match the food with wine according to his taste and must say I definitely made the right choice. I am a sommelier myself (but not as good as a sommelier in such a restaurant of course) and found the matches very good in some 90% of the cases, and for an extremely reasonable price.
The décor could use a refurbishing, but this was one outstanding experience indeed.