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Spaghetti alla chitarra with fresh tomatoes, garlic, chilli and rocket

When Gino was in Pescara – the main city in the Abruzzo region – he spent the morning with Giovanni Minicucci, the founder of the pasta shop Chitarra Antica, making spaghetti alla chitarra in the traditional way. He then rustled up a quick fresh tomato and chilli pasta sauce – the type that every Italian makes at home.

So simple, yet so delicious. If you can’t find spaghetti alla chitarra, use any good-quality spaghetti for this dish.

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Gino uncovers the secret to the local meat speciality of Arrosticini

Gino begins his latest Italian escape in Abruzzo - a little known region of Italy, bordered by Lazio, Marche, Umbria and the Adriatic Sea. It’s so far off the beaten track; it only opened an airport at the turn of this century!

Gino will experience fishing and farming first hand - two things that define this beautiful region.

Gino's Italian Escape is back!

Gino continues his Italian food odyssey

Gino is back for his 4th series in the Italian sunshine and this time he’s heading off the beaten track to reveal the secret gems that only the locals know about. He’ll be meeting the people who are keeping age-old traditions alive, showcasing the beautiful scenery and experiencing the culture of his homeland.

His journey of discovery will take you from the central state of Abruzzo, North to Trentino Alto-Adige and Lombardia, back down through Umbria and Tuscany and then up to Liguria and ending in Piemonte.

And off course he’ll be sharing his tips and recipes inspired by his travels, to help you re-create mouth-watering authentic Italian dishes at home.

Gino’s Italian Escape: Hidden Italy is back on Monday 10 October, at 8pm.


Simple pasta sauce

Try Napolina's simple pasta sauce

A basic tomato sauce is a cornerstone of many Italian dishes - it can easily be adapted with seafood, meat or vegetables - and enjoyed with many types of pasta.

Here's how to master the classic and versatile sauce.