Sundays 10A and 4P
In this beautifully filmed food and drink series, the kings of Italian cuisine, Antonio Carluccio and Gennaro Contaldo, return to Italy to discover how Italians have changed the way they eat and drink. The hosts reflect on food, wine, life and their sometimes fractious and always hilarious relationship.
Internationally renowned chefs and old friends, Antonio Carluccio and Gennaro Contaldo, return to the Italy they left more than fourty years ago to discover what has changed in Italian culture in that time and how that has affected the way Italians eat. When Antonio and Gennaro were boys, every Italian thought that the food from their own region was the best. In the third episode of the series, the Two Greedy Italians set out to discover if regional pride is still as strong today. Antonio returns to his home town of Borgo Franco to devour the truffles, cheeses and game of the Piemonte region in the far north-west of the country. From the moment they arrive it's a battle between north and south with Gennaro reluctantly admitting that the local food has some merits despite its lack of vegetables. The pair join in the celebratory feasts of the Asti palio, a famous horse race celebrating an ancient battle between regions. The local fans are passionate about their riders and the pair nearly come to blows when they support opposing teams. Regional pride is also displayed in the town square of Asti the next morning where Antonio is in his element in the shady world of Asti-truffle trading, but Gennaro is an outsider and nearly scuppers the deal. They discover that there are changes afoot in Italy however, the recent waves of immigration have brought strange, new ingredients to the Turin vegetable market and foreign food producers are being restricted by tough rules from nationalistic politicians. The question is, will Antonio and Gennaro embrace the new influences on their beloved Italian cuisine? Or are the Two Greedy Italians traditionalists at heart? Antonio cooks a traditional dish of Pasta Ribbons with Chicken Liver Sauce, and a German-influenced Apple Strudel which brings back memories. Gennaro however gets creative with Pork Fillet with Honey and Ginger