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Gabriele Corcos and Debi Mazar’s Ingredient Hunting in Italy

There is no doubt that while in Italy, truffles might be one of the most-precious ingredients you can come across. However, as you travel through the Bel Paese, you might also discover that many items can tickle your palate in the most-luxurious way without necessarily being as expensive as truffles.

Every region, province, village or piece of farmland has something special to offer, from the most vibrant produce down south to the most-amazing cheeses on top of the Alps, the fresh, cheap sardines you can buy on the docks in Livorno, and the best (and only) Prosecco in the northeast.

You might argue that hunting for tomatoes is not half as exciting as hunting for truffles, but have you ever scored 2 pounds of ripe San Marzano tomatoes in the middle of August at a roadside stand in Calabria? The moment you bite into that warm fruit you are reminded of your place on Earth!

Different strokes for different folks, they say, and that is the absolute truth when it comes to “hunting” for the best ingredients while traveling through Italy. Every time you discover a new food or an exquisite flavor, your world expands because of the heritage that comes with it, and it’s a beautiful experience.

There is no winter without a roasted chestnut bought from a cart on the street and no summer without an ice-cold slice of watermelon, again sold from a truck, possibly by the same person that sold you the chestnuts at Christmas.

Tune in to Extra Virgin tonight at 8pm ET to watch Debi and Gabriele surprise the girls with an afternoon adventure to Pisa where they’ll meet up with a well-known truffle hunter and tag along with him and his dog as they scour the woods looking for the rare and tasty mushroom.

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  1. [...] Different strokes for different folks, they say, and that is the absolute truth when it comes to “hunting” for the best ingredients while traveling through Italy. Every time you discover a new food or an exquisite flavor, your world expands because of the heritage that comes with it, …read more [...]

  2. Deborah posted 05/01/2014

    The chocolate hazelnut cake was a big hit at my dinner party!! I never miss the show.

  3. Anthony Paceoni posted 05/02/2014

    We are new viewers…..and absolutely LOVE you two!!! All of you actually……..makes me want to cook everything you do….I am Italian, and love to cook….

  4. Lisa Curran posted 05/02/2014

    I never miss an episode and I love the way you both work together in the kitchen. Will you be having a book signing in New Jersey in the near future? I pre-ordered your cookbook and can't wait to start diving into preparing your tuscan recipes.

  5. tomi verile posted 05/05/2014

    TO GABRIELE & DEBIR _ LOOK FOR YOU PROGRAM EVERY DAY……YOUR THE BEST…MY DREAM IS TO MOVE TO ITALY AND GROW ALL MY VEG….COOK LIKE YOU…RIGHT NOW IM IN FLORIDA HAD A STROKE AT 58 NOW ILL BE 64 IN JUNE 25…..BUT MY DREAM IS TO GO TO ITALY AND BE HAPPY…….IVE MADE MEANY OF YOUR MEALS FOR DINNER PARTYS WENT WELL BECAUSE YOU DID THE COOKING….HOPE SOME DAY WE WOULD MEAT….YOUR DOWN TO EARTH FOR ME….YOUR THE BEST…….TOMI tomasina625@yahoo.com

  6. Linda Miller posted 05/05/2014

    You are both awesome. Food, family, fun and most of all love. I wish continued success for you in your future endeavors. Love your recipes. My husband never (thought) hr liked Italian food. Your recipes–he loves. Thank you!

  7. Amy posted 08/16/2014

    I bought a jar of black truffles (3 truffles) at the market in Florence, Italy last year. Do you think they would be good in a pasta with cream sauce recipe? If so, should I sauté the shaved or minced truffles? What are your suggestions? Thank you!

  8. ada albury posted 2 weeks, 4 days ago

    I love this family, they are always happy. It is my favorite program.

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