I sat entranced watching the second series of Two Greedy Italians on BBC. Whilst the great friends Antonio Carluccio and Gennaro Contaldo entertained me with their wit, friendship and of course food, I felt as if I had the back seat in their tiny Fiat 500 careering round Italy from region to region, reliving and recreating as we went. The great thing is it’s available on DVD from April 22nd.
This is so much more than a cookery programme, it’s a look at modern Italy, comparing and contrasting it to the Italy remembered from childhood, the good and the bad. The fact that there is a genuine worry about obesity in children, that there’s more to life than those things that money can buy and that tradition can be a solid foundation for life.
The food is wonderful, of course and the scenes where they cook, not in a spanking new state of the art kitchen, but a local home or outside, made me want to reach for my pans and join in. This is not a plethora of pasta, but good hearty Italian food at its regional best
If you’re looking for an absorbing and good hearted look at Italian life, in the company of two wonderful friends, Two Greedy Italians – Series Two is for you.
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