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Eat! Drink! Italy! with Vic Rallo
EAT! DRINK! ITALY! WITH VIC RALLO celebrates Italy’s authentic food, people, history, wine and culture — from the Alps to the southern shores of Sicily. Host Vic Rallo, a New Jersey restaurateur, Italian wine expert and raconteur, tours a cheese cave (and former Mussolini bunker), hunts for the elusive white truffle, explores Napoleon’s wine tunnels, visits a Slow Foods superstar in her humble kitchen, and ventures 20 meters underground to the roots of one of Italy's most celebrated wine varietals. Along the way, he enthusiastically shares information about Italian ingredients, technique and history. EAT! DRINK! ITALY! also features the insights of wine connoisseur Anthony "Tony" Verdoni — known by many in his industry as ‘Il Professore’ (the Professor) — who introduces Italy’s most sought-after winemakers and reveals the stories behind some of the world's most delectable nectars.
Close to Home
Cheese artistry; in Piedmont, three quick recipes from Mama Maria-Summer: Bagna Cauda, Herb Fritters and Summer Salad; Vic tries organic beekeeping; Branzino (Mediterranean Sea Bass) and Organic Honey; Tuscan Chicken Salad.
Art Imitates Food
Vic's clean, simple and easy method for frying calamari; Moscato, Italy's "Old New Kid on the Block;" Classic Bean Soup; wine and art.
A walk through Napolean's ancient wine tunnels; terroir - how wine gets its flavor; experimental vineyards produce new superstars; Roasted Cauliflower Salad; Canederli (Tyrolean dumplings).
Popping The Cork
Yeast in sparkling wines; Michelin star Chef Christina DiRenaudi's Plin recipe; Pomodoro sauce; Chicken Valdarnese.
The Best Ingredients
A visit to Barolo Grand Cru vineyards; Michelin star Chef Stefano Cervelli's Shrimp recipe; the Cheese Taster; Bagna Cauda recipe.
Technique and Quality
Rice: Italy's unsung grain; the Barolo Grand Cru Villages; changing of the guard in the Scavino family; Risotto al Gattinara recipe.
A Few Basics
The King of Sardines; Lambrusco's Second Act; Sicilian sweets; wine traditions at the ancient Abbey at Novacella.
Put Passion In Your Pantry
Chef Salvatore Toscano's Beef; Funghi Bruschetta; "wine couple" Rudy Kerschbaumer and Gabby Tauber; Emilia Nardi's unique approach to wine making in Montalcino.
Gold In Them Hills
White truffle hunt; Truffles and Eggs; Plin (ancient stuffed pasta); wine maker Giovanni Folinari; Chef Stefano Cervelli's Pasta with Sea Urchins.
Off The Hook
Vic visits a fish cannery and prepares sardines; the Cheese Taster; deMedici cookie recipe; Pappa Al Pomodoro (bread and tomato soup).
Vic visits world bicycling legend and winemaker Francesco Moser; Chef Francesco Bracali's Tuscan Pork; ancient food writers; vineyard micro-ownership.
Rice Is Nice
Italy's unsung rice varieties; versatile Mascarapone cheese; Braised Beef, vineyard style; Italy's young winemakers.
Bagna Cauda - Piemonte's Party Dish; a wine family close-up; wine hotel; Chef Giovanni Bonavita's Chicken Valdanese, a local classic.
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