This week Gino returns to the area he grew up in, the bay of Naples.
Home of the pizza, street food and fantastic seafood, this is foodie paradise. First Gino shows us how to make THE Neapolitan breakfast, then for lunch he goes up on the roof to make a classic fish dish and then after a flying visit to the foothills of the mighty mount Vesuvius, Gino’s back on the coast to whip up a romantic dinner for two.
This super-simple but impressive dish is ideal for a first course or a light lunch. Serve with toasted ciabatta.
When I was filming in southern Campania, in the medieval town of Felitto, I met the wonderful Rosy - the 'First Lady' of fusilli lunghi (long pasta spirals). She still makes fusilli the traditional way, hand-rolling individual lengths of dough around a square wire to make a long, gently twisty thread of pasta with a small hole in it.
Tonight, Gino is in Italy’s food basket, Salerno and the home of one of its food heroes… water buffalo Mozzarella.
Gino has to get his hands dirty before he can claim this world-class cheese by massaging the majestic beasts.
He also takes a trip to the ancient ruins in Paestum and learns how to make handmade fusilli pasta the traditional way, up in the beautiful mountains that overlook the sea.
This simple risotto is perfect for lunchtime entertaining or a light supper. The saffron gives the dish its wonderful rich golden colour and distinctive flavour, and the peas provide sweetness and contrast in texture and colour.
I made this delicious chargrilled chicken dish when we were filming on the wonderful island of Elba, off the coast of Tuscany.
I rubbed honey over the meat for added flavour before chargrilling. This is a great way to cook chicken, and the garlic and rosemary potatoes make a wonderful accompaniment.
Gino visits the ancient island of Elba. Famous for Napoleon, but also in Italy, for its honey and its iron production. Gino meets an octogenarian who is known as the ‘bee whisperer’ who creates award winning honey, he visits the now disused mines to experience Italy’s past and no trip to Elba is complete without a visit to Napoleon’s house.
Gino’s experiences are the inspiration for a melt in your mouth honey chicken dish and an easy-peasy risotto cooked on a beach made of iron!
You just can't beat a pile of sticky ribs, plump sausages, pork chops, steaks and marinated grilled vegetables washed down with a few beers or a stiff whisky