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Two Greedy Italians: Complete Series One & Two [DVD]
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
I caught the odd episode of series one and two, but missed the majority of episodes, so I was glad to see them both as a box set. Together, the 4 DVD's cover the key regions of Italy, but exclude Sicily and Venice - perhaps something to look forward to. Having left Italy more than 50 years ago, Antonio Carluccio and Gennaro Contaldo are keen to explore the country of their youth, north and south, and see how much it has all changed. Each of the series has a particular focus, explored mainly in a single episode: the first is cucina povera, or poverty cuisine and the second is arrangiarsi, the art of making do and both are elements of keeping body and soul together during and immediately after the war. The people they meet and talk to are interesting and show how the country is changing, along with the styles of cooking and also how some of the traditions, especially away from the big cities, are being kept alive; the biggest change is in the make-up of the Italian family and gender roles. The production values are high and the relationship between the two cooks is real, with both humour and a strong bond apparent. Along the way, they taste a wide range of different foods and cook some superb dishes. An affectionate documentary about what it means to be Italian, it also serves to describe and demonstrate some simple, timeless dishes that show the extensive range of Italian cuisine. Perfect for winter viewing and for anyone interested in Italy, food and the whole mediteranean lifestyle. Fantastic.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 18 September 2013
Beautifully filmed, wonderful cooking and much more about Italy and Italians in this double dvd - a chance to see both series back to back and enjoy these over the top but delightful cooks.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 16 September 2013
A really good travelogue, with two very engaging characters. Very informative, rich in cultural and historical interest, it is a really useful guide to those of us who want to travel in Italy. All delivered with humor, even a little pathos, and wonderful, wonderful food.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 16 June 2014
Pleasant honest presenters, glorious views of less well known regions of Italy, simple cooking that looks delicious, meetings with interesting locals. It all adds up to a good viewing experience, yet not demanding. Easy to break off - I am still only halfway through and looking forward to the rest.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 22 October 2013
its nice to watch 2 (older) guys traveling, enjoying life & food in Italy... makes u wish u were living there yourself
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 4 July 2014
Bought for friend who said it is excellent for any fans of these 2 great chefs. Arrived promptly, nicely packaged and good price.
Extras such as postcards with DVD are added bonus also!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 8 January 2015
Loved the series but had missed a few episodes so was happy to find this and I love it even more! These Gentlemen are lovingly showcasing the regional delights of Italian home cooking with such joy and passion! Their love for food and each other is such a joy to watch with schoolboy antics thrown in and, Gennarro in particular, is so sweet and humorous. Would buy again as gifts for loved ones.Brilliant!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 4 October 2013
These two gentlemen are such fun and clearly old friends. They tour Italy and visit those areas not necessarily well known so you have lovely picturesque backgrounds to some delicious cooking which is done with a glad heart and much fun. Heartily recommended.
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on 11 March 2015
bought it specially for my Italian family - my brother-in-law, who is well travelled all over Italy and in addition - he is the one in charge of the household cooking -

after viewing the series myself I decided to gift it to Valter because there were places and dishes he might never have heard of - in addtion the series brought me a happy revoir of places I have visited and places I wish to visit - to see for myself the people and places from the series - it wetted my appetite..........and furthermore inspired me to search for more information about the two 'greedy Italians -
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on 2 January 2014
I love these guys, they are so entertaining in their own way - and they don't force it, it's so natural.

Episodes are informative, entertaining. However, don't expect to learn lots of different recipes. Episodes aim to promote Italian culture and food, each episode lasts an hour and Gennaro and Antonio only cook for only 20 mins each episode. So rather than a recipe learning experience, it's a cultural experience which makes it much more entertaining.

It's a very fun time, and I'm definitely going to watch each episode again and again.
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