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 me and Caterina Schenetti, our food guide in Modena, were that somebody.
Caterina, would you like to feed Phil?
Caterina, born and raised in Modena (I think she has Balsamic vinegar instead of blood) took him by hand for 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
That's where I sat with Phil and Caterina, 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.