While visiting The Marches, the region of Italy situated on the central Adriatic coast (Ancona is its capital), we ate at a simple trattoria called La Pianella, which we miraculously found off a narrow winding mountain road in the minuscule town of Serra S. Quirico. The food was simple but wonderful, its flavor genuinely satisfying. When our pasta arrived, it was tossed with a delicious local meat sauce, whose ingredients can change according to the cook’s whim. Its flavor, however, is always dependent on a generous base of sautéed carrots and celery, and the slow, patient cooking that is essential to intensify the flavor of meats and vegetables. Serve this sauce with maccheroni or rigatoni.
This sauce will keep well in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or in the freezer for up to 2 months.
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