For any Italian, I guarantee you, just like me, as soon as you wake up in the morning you are already thinking, ‘What kind of pasta am I going to have today, what kind of sauce, what kind of shape?’ It’s so much part of our life that we’re thinking about pasta all the time
– Gino D'Acampo
In episode five of Gino's Italian Escape Gino returns to his native Campania, the Italian region where he grew up and where his family still live.
As a chef, he is eager to visit the town of Gragnano, which is world-famous for its pasta. Gino tours this unique place, where a combination of natural elements, sea breezes, hot sunshine and mountain water, have contributed to producing outstanding pasta. Gino can't resist a visit to one of the town’s historic pasta factories, where local ladies teach him the traditional skill of hand-rolling long fusilli.
Pasta isn’t the only food Gragnano is renowned for. High up in the surrounding mountains is a picturesque orchard, where Gino comes across the reddest cherries he’s ever seen. He can’t resist climbing into the trees to pick these sweet fruits to use in a dessert. In a corner of the orchard, Gino conjures up a contemporary tiramisu using whole cherries, creamy vanilla mascarpone and cherry liqueur.
Before he leaves Gragnano, Gino calls in on his Italian relatives and for the first time in his life, decides to cook for them. He nervously dishes up a delectable dinner for his family, Gragnano’s legendary pasta with salmon in a spicy arrabbiata sauce.