When it comes to great food, there are few places on our planet more celebrated than Italy. But if your idea of a classic Italian meal is spaghetti, pizza pie and cannoli, you’re in for a big surprise. Get ready for an awesome adventure as Jeff Corwin explores the other side of Italian cuisine and tastes the beauty in the bizzare. Extreme Cuisine with Jeff Corwin: Italy airs on Cooking Channel September 9th at 8pm ET.
The photo above was taken at the picturesque medieval hill town in northern Abruzzo called Castel del Monte. You can’t tell from the photo but the cheese is formagio marchetto, which means a slice of it is swarming with maggots. To make it, sheeps milk sits to curdle and the curd is formed into wheels. The wheels are placed in a cool, dark cellar where cheese flies (Piophila casei) lay eggs in the cheese. The eggs hatch into maggots which can be eaten with the cheese… if you’re adventurous like Jeff Corwin.
That’s only the beginning of his extreme adventure.
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The big day is here! Debi and Gabriele renew their wedding vows in the small Tuscan town of Fiesole, Italy, with family and closest friends on Wednesday’s season finale of Extra Virgin.
But there’s so much to do before the big event…
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David's trips back to Italy are always all about the food, but he does more than just eat. In Sicily, he takes part in an authentic garlic harvest.
To put it simply: I want David Rocco’s life. His latest Italian adventure is a vacation through Sicily with his wife, Nina, and any food person will be mesmerized by their itinerary. No travel agent could dream up a food tour like this one. At least we can live vicariously through the Roccos: An all-new episode of David Rocco’s Dolce Vita chronicles their delicious trip through the region, this weekend.
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Even though it's his first trip to Venice, Jamie Oliver seeks out what the locals eat.
The canals, the singing gondoliers, the crowds of pigeons and tourists in Piazza San Marco. These are the iconic images of Venice that you’ll see on all the postcards. But if you, like Jamie Oliver, center your trips around culinary exploration, the highlights of this romantic Italian city include spaghetti alle vongole, cuttlefish, fresh peach bellinis and tiramisu.
Continue Reading Untrapped: The Anti-Tourist’s Guide to Venice with Jamie Oliver