What would you do if you were hungry and woke up in a luxury hotel, in a foreign city, in the middle of the night? That’s the question the ad men at San Pellegrino pose in their TV You Tube featuring Italian actor Pierfranceso Favino called Live in Italian – Practice the Art of Fine Food. Evidentially other people have been intrigued by this fantasy question as well. In one month 487,170 views were posted.

Favino says he once lived the same experience as the You Tube video while working on a movie in a small town in Southern Italy. There was only one restaurant in town and after some time catering to the hungry actors the owner just gave them the key and told them to let themselves in. Presumably to cook their own meal!

Cooking_GroupWhat restaurant would you like to have carte blanche to cook in to live like an Italian? I once cooked in the kitchen of my friend Rita’s hotel ristorante in Castell’Arquato, an Italian town located in the Val d’Arda near Piacenza. We made pasta and petto di tacchino, turkey breast stuffed with prosciutto di Parma and Parmigiano Reggiano cheese. It wasn’t the middle of the night and I did have help from a wonderful chef but it came very close to  Favino’s  fantasy experience.


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