After the BBC episode with Rick Stein in Bologna, I ended up working for Netflix show Somebody Feed Phil.
The episode in Northern Italy was shot in September 2017 and I was that somebody.
Andrea, would you like to feed Phil?
There he took a TV version of our Modena food tour.
Cheese and chicken, pasta and wine, smiles and gags.
Phil seemed like a kid at Disneyworld.
But here Micky Mouse has the face of Andrea, the master of aged Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, and Daisy Duck is Marisa, an old pasta maker that prepares everyday handmade tortellini.
Phil meets gnocco fritto
A local bar, the one with students reviewing their homework before a test. Or businessmen in a suit having a sandwich in a hurry during lunch break. A bar with uncomfortable metal chairs and a coffee machine always grumbling.
That's where I sat with Phil in front of the camera, to taste one of the most delicious breakfasts in Italy.
Gnocco fritto is a fried soft bread typical of Modena. You can have it for lunch and dinner with ham and cheese.
But also for breakfast, sipped inside a hot cappuccino.
It may sound weird, but it's not the strangest thing you taste during our food tours.
Phil looked surprised but didn't miss a bite of this unusual breakfast (we actually had it at 5 pm).
What did we get from this experience?
For sure we've learned 2 things about Phil Rosenthal.
First that he isn't only a great comedian, but also a fantastic person able to immediately bond with people, just with a smile.
And I'm 100% sure he asked for a green salad for dinner, after such an intense food marathon.
How to watch Somebody feed Phil episode in Modena, Italy
You can watch the Somebody feed Phil episode in Venice and Modena on Netflix. The episode is #1 of Season 2.
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