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. Then they were boys divorce was illegal, recipes were handed down from mother to daughter and every Italian woman took pride in their ability to cook for their family. In the first of the series, the greedy cooks eat their way around Emilia Romagna, home of parma ham and parmesan cheese, to find out if food and family are still at the heart of Italian life. To begin they spend an enjoyable Sunday lunch with a traditional Italian family whose fortunes ferment with the balsalmic vinegar in their vaults. For the daughters, weekends are dominated by the loving preparation of traditional tortellini, a symbol of their love and ties with their family. In Bologna, they meet a fiesty female crime journalist whose life does not revolve around cooking and a fast food, tortellini millionaire whose livelihood depends upon these changing lifestyles. They check in at a dating agency to see how Italian women find husbands now that they don't cook and Antonio is cajoled into going on a blind date. Finally they are surprised to uncover the essence of family when Gennaro is moved to tears by an unusual group of cheese-makers. Homely recipes in this episode are Mamma Contaldo's Ricotta Dumplings and Slow Cooked Family Stew with Polenta Gennaro also creates a seductive Warm Chocolate and Amaretto Pudding.
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. In this episode the pair eat their way around the region of Campania looking at how poverty in that area created Italy's best-loved cuisine and how that 'poor-man's food' ended up making the same region rich. Gennaro takes Antonio to his home town Minori on the Amalfi coast where he has an emotional reunion with his many friends and family members and, after receiving a lesson from his Great Aunt on pasta making with an umbrella spoke, reminisces on the food of his childhood. Like many from the region his upbringing was tough; they lived off the land, made pasta from flour and water and were inventive with ingredients and leftovers. As Gennaro free-dives for lunch, storing his catch in his swimming trunks, it's clear where he gets his passion for food. In Naples, they discover how pizza was originally considered inedible by anyone but the starving until it was endorsed by a queen. In Gragnano, a pasta millionaire explains how this cuisine then took over the world. The global popularity of this style of food means that much has changed since the Two Greedy Italians were boys and now the wealth of the Amalfi coast has given birth to a new style of food; one chef's signature dish - a reproduced tomato covered in real gold leaf. In this episode they cook some great Italian 'cucina povera' dishes including a Ragu' Alla Napoletana, Linguine with Prawns and Mussels, and a very local Lemon and Ricotta Tart.