Gino's Italian Express: Pisa to Lucca to Florence

Gino's Italian Express: Pisa to Lucca to Florence

Series 7

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Review

While the rest us of are still ploughing our way through leftover turkey, Gino D’Acampo is wandering around sun-drenched Tuscany eating asparagus, castagnaccio and panzanella salad. Gino starts in the walled city of Lucca, the birthplace of the Vespa which he tells us was originally designed so women wearing short skirts could drive the scooter. He then meets a violin maker and a woman who gives cookery lessons in her own home, flirting equally with both. The recipes he demonstrates are incredibly simple but after all those brussels and Christmas pud, they go down a treat.

Summary

Gino's train journey takes him on a star-studded line-up of Tuscan cities. He begins in Pisa, famous for its leaning tower, and also home of the Vespa scooter, which gives the chef the ideal way to explore the city, before he hops back on the train toward the medieval city of Lucca, the birthplace of composer Puccini. Here, he meets master violin-maker Fabio and rustles up a vegetarian asparagus dish. His final stop is Florence, where he meets Cecilia, one of a network of local cooks keeping traditional recipes alive by opening up her kitchen to guests from all over the world.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Gino D'Acampo
Director Ruth Binsley
Executive Producer Ceri Aston
Executive Producer Sally Evans
Series Producer Emily Burndred
Series Producer Ruth Binsley
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