A famous gastronome said: tell me what you eat and I will tell you who you are. Nowhere is this truer than in Italy. The steaming plates of pasta, the mozzarella-laden pizzas, the mouth-watering milk-fed lamb, and the dripping artichokes alla giudia: these and a thousand other dishes are not just a delight for the palate. They are also the key to Italy’s history, with its unique blend of creative genius, bloodshed, passion, intrigue, heroism and greed … all the elements that forge the identity of a people.
In this series, John Dickie, the charismatic and enthusiastic historian whose best-selling EATING HISTORY The story of Italy on a plate provides the basis for the series, takes us on a romp through Italy’s past to reveal how much of it was actually shaped by its food.
Produced by GA&A Productions in coproduction with A&E Network, In association with SBS-TV Australia, Autentic GmbH and Viasat