We’ve eaten a lot of ham over the last decade in Abruzzo, at a Michelin-starred restaurant famed for its hand-carved slices, at agriturismi, trattorie et al, but none equalled the home-made prosciutto at Belvedere just outside Loreto Aprutino. Nonna’s ham reached dizzying heights of air-dried hamdom.
We found this restaurant, as often the way, quite by accident, perhaps not as glamorously attired or appointed as some of its neighbours, but who cares when you have ham this good! I have to admit a preference primarily for porcine prosciutto’s sultry Spanish sibling Serrano, which is darker and less sweet, and its moody depths take you to all manner of places when eaten. However, Belvedere should be awarded a trillion gold stars for their prosciutto, that was thicker cut than usual and transported us with just one mouthful to hot midnight tapas suppers in Seville accompanying an expensive but so worth it plate of jamón ibérico and a glass of chilled fino sherry.
It’s worth mentioning too sitting on that gorgeous plate of antipasti, Nonna’s thinly sliced and jointed and roasted chicken, served with a thin marmellate which, for someone who doesn’t normally like chicken, was a discovery of how good chicken can taste.
The owners were incredibly hospitable and even more child friendly than usual for those with babes in tow, though no sign of high chairs. We had a delicious rich sugo, watch out for their peperoncini, those chillies are almost black in their sun-dried intensity! So worth a stop even if it is just to savour ham for a light lunch.
Open for lunch and dinner daily every day apart from Monday