Le Maschere is a lovely Italian restaurant in Pescara’s old town area. Discovered by accident, Le Maschere became our choice for dinner while in Pescara.

There a plenty of restaurants lining Corso Manthonè street. Le Maschere looked good, but our initial choice was made because it was open at 7.30pm and most of the other places don’t open until at least 8pm. Here’s how things looked when we left.

We sat inside and were glad of the air con – outside was almost 30 degrees. The owner, Paulo, greeted us, was happy to speak in English and describe the food and wines.

We enjoyed warm focaccia while waiting for our antipasto.

We shared an absolutely delicious, marinated duck antipasto (9 EUR).

It was so good that we had this on all of our three visits. Paulo recommended a glass of rosé to accompany the duck – I’ve no idea of the cost as it was never added to our bill.

A large bottle of water was 2 EUR.

Our main (secondi) courses were all amazing. The Pinot Noir red wine suggested by Paulo was perfect at 6 EUR a glass, but generously topped up a few times.

Below some of the dishes from our visits. Le Maschere is a slow-cooked meat restaurant, so no fish in the secondi list.

Risotto 12 EUR

 

Coscia di faraona (leg of guinea fowl) 12 EUR

 

This was a pork knee with a crispy skin 12 EUR

 

Costaletta (pork ribs) with a BBQ sauce

 

Ossobuco di vitello (veal shank) 14 EUR

 

Filletto di cervo (deer) 17 EUR

 

A mango sorbet – delivered as a present

Paulo kindly offered us a glass of Collefrisio ‘Sottosopra’ Wine & Sour Cherries and that became our nightly digestive. I wish we could have taken a bottle home, but we were travelling with only hand luggage.

Isn’t it wonderful when you stumble into a place and find such a warm welcome, generosity and delicious food, that you don’t want go anywhere else? This was definitely the case with Le Maschere – and is subsequently the only restaurant review on this site for Pescara.

We stayed at the excellent Idillio – Your Luxury Rooms, an easy 1.5km walk away.

Le Maschere
Corso Manthonè 41/43, Pescara, Italy

+39 085 421 7316

https://www.facebook.com/lemascherepescara

Le Maschere is also a pizzeria, with what looks like a professional oven.