Just been catching up on some recorded telly from last week. I half heartedly began watching a new Channel 4 doc about an English Italian who wants to open an English restaurant in Italy.
From the outset, it's obvious that Vito is slightly eccentric, very passionate about what he wants to do and the sort of man who will succeed for those very reasons.
In the UK, we've been beaten somewhat insensible by TV cooks and that's the reason I was only luke warm on giving this a goggle, but I am glad I did, because now I am hooked.
Not only are we treated to the tribulations of Vito choosing a beaten up shell of a restaurant with killer views of the city of Florence, but we have the treat of him choosing the produce he will be presenting to his Italian. clientele. This week it was Cheddar cheese and what a joy it was to see the stuff being made from unpasteurised milk by people with the same amount of passion Vito has for his project.
The series airs on Monday nights on Channel 4 at 8:30 pm and is worth watching if only for the fantastic views of Florence.
In the straw market, they have a large boar made of bronze. It is said if you rub his nose, you will return to the city. Well, I did in 1978 and so far that has not happened.