The soul of real Italian “bella figura” is not about showing off, but…

 Italian Food Recipes

Broadcast on BBC Two, 26 Apr 2012. The duo explore how Italy’s social history has created a culture of admiration for superficial accoutrements in the showbi…
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19 Responses

  1. zimzima888November 23, 2013 at 4:16 amReply

    Best cooking program ever! Love these two auld lads!

  2. Gigi BeltranNovember 23, 2013 at 4:38 amReply

    They are genuine Italians….. Bella! I love the simplicity in the food and
    the use of sustainable local ingredients.

  3. Maj33yNovember 23, 2013 at 5:31 amReply

    WTF 47:00 did he just mix the egg yolks with his fingers ? o.O these two
    old italian men eat everything i wonder if they ever go to toilet like i do

  4. Sextum ooNovember 23, 2013 at 6:26 amReply

    43:00 i used to eat in that place after school

  5. Maj33yNovember 23, 2013 at 7:01 amReply

    everything looks pale except the red wine ? it had to be a red wine on
    christ’s table Bwuahahaha Holy shit that’s where i really cracked up XD

  6. Michael BonniciNovember 23, 2013 at 7:24 amReply

  7. Mikki TaylorNovember 23, 2013 at 7:58 amReply

    That last dish with the pasta…oh, my! I am going to try…one
    day…soon…yea…I think….I need one of those mortar

  8. KouchaNovember 23, 2013 at 8:14 amReply

    Gennaro e Antonio sono adorabili : ) But let’s make it clear, bella figura
    doesn’t mean showing off, it is all about behaving one’s best/ doing one’s
    best/ expressing one’s best (whatever it is)… I wonder why so many people
    don’t get it, after all it’s not that complicated.

  9. Enrico Gabriele GentileNovember 23, 2013 at 8:24 amReply

    Fare una bella figura means to make a good impression! :)

  10. Pix PixyNovember 23, 2013 at 8:42 amReply

    alora dovete assaggiare la mia cucina la fine del mondo
    ueeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee siamo Italiani e viva litalia se volete
    cercarmi cercatemi e vi preparero un bel piatto zuppa di p-eshe

  11. Melih ŞentürkNovember 23, 2013 at 9:29 amReply

    Amazing documentary !

  12. IntersoundsNovember 23, 2013 at 9:52 amReply

    Excellent program, thank you!!

  13. Isabel AasenNovember 23, 2013 at 10:19 amReply

    I lived in Assisi for 3 years. My neighbour taught me how to go out in the
    fields and pick wild grasses. I was HORRIFIED following her around watching
    her pick prickly, ugly,muddy weeds. She washed, boiled,drained,minced them
    before she tossed them lightly in a pan with bits of onion,garlic and
    sausage(just enough for flavouring). A dash of excellent Umbrian olive oil
    and we had a lovely sidedish to dinner. I could cry for some of that right
    now. Norway sucks!

  14. The Western RationalistNovember 23, 2013 at 11:17 amReply

    I remember the scorn in the reading of accounts by 18th century Aristocrats
    as they looked down in their writings on the Italians as a joke whilst the
    same tourist looked at Roman ruins with awe. But today Italians seem to
    send themselves up. Yet – reasonable life – i.e quality dignitas virtas &
    attention to detail = “Dulce vita” that made Italian produce quality rather
    than style over substance. Italy can turn things around – they do make good
    stuff, have some great scientists & engineers

  15. pepzicolaNovember 23, 2013 at 11:36 amReply


  16. Darence WeeNovember 23, 2013 at 12:22 pmReply

    Italian version of Marco Pierre White and Mario Batali

  17. KouchaNovember 23, 2013 at 12:24 pmReply

    As an instance many elderly who grown up in war had to deal with poverty
    with a capital P, and there was no fancy dress to wear, not a thing to call
    their own, they had absolutely nothing but one’s own dignity, class and
    mannerism. My nana was taught to “be gracious and well mannered and you’ll
    leave a good impression on people” despite her poor social condition. That
    was “fare bella figura” :)

  18. Arash SamNovember 23, 2013 at 12:36 pmReply

    This has been one of the best documentaries I have seen both about Italy
    and Italian food. One wonders what a glorious notion you are. Salute a
    tutti Gli Italiani…Fate sempere una BELLA FIGURA…Greetings from IRAN.

  19. Isabel AasenNovember 23, 2013 at 12:57 pmReply

    Sometimes,you? We can only try!

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