ON THE ROAD WITH VIC RALLO: ITALY! is a new series that celebrates Italy's authentic food, people, history, wine and culture from the Alps to the southern shores of Sicily. Host Vic Rallo a New Jersey restaurateur, Italian wine expert and raconteur explores everything that makes Italy extraordinary. Along the way, Vic enthusiastically shares information about Italian ingredients, cooking techniques and history. Each episode also features the insights of wine connoisseur Anthony "Tony" Verdoni known by many in his industry as "Il Professore" who introduces Italy's most sought-after winemakers, and reveals the stories behind some of the world's most delectable nectars. In the seven-part series, Vic also visits the Arrichio Provolone factory in Cremona in northern Italy, the Avignonesi Vineyard in the medieval and Renaissance hill town of Montepulciano, as well as the vineyards and farms of the sun-baked region of Calabria.

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In Tuscany's famed medieval walled city Vic cooks on an ancient rotisserie designed by Leonardo da Vinci - and learns the most modern techniques for producing sangiovese grapes at the Avignonesi vineyard, using progressive organic and biodynamic farming and winemaking techniques. Tony Verdoni shares his wine tips for the region.

  • 2017-10-19T04:30:00-07:00


Vic visits an organic poultry farm in Gaiole, a village in the hills of Chianti and discovers traditional treasures at Badia a Coltibuono, an 11th century abbey now home to a winery and cooking school. At the Lorenza de Medici cooking school, de Midici's daughters, chefs Benedetta and Emanuela, teach Vic easy ways to prepare fresh ingredients, and discuss the region's unique cheese and salume. Tony Verdoni offers a lesson on the folklore of Chianti classico. Recipes include duck ragu and pesto made the old-fashioned way with mortar and pestle.

  • 2017-10-26T04:30:00-07:00


Vic reaches new heights of Italian culture in Orvieto, an 11th century town perched on a cliff of volcanic rock, with stops at the 14th century Duomo; 7 Consuls restaurant; the state of the art Falesco winery; plus the clay to kiln handmade process for the region's distinctive colorful ceramics. Recipes include tortelli and pigeon.

  • 2017-11-02T04:30:00-07:00


Vic explores the Sassi di Matera, walking the stone streets of this ancient cave town in southern Italy to discover traditional recipes at La Talpa restaurant and tour the Lucano liquor factory, where a secret family recipe has been passed down through three generations. Recipes include fava and chicory.

  • 2017-11-09T03:30:00-08:00