Bringing Italy’s Secrets to Our Kitchens

Adam’s Pasta Pilgrimage is a thirteen part television series that explores the origins of Italy’s most famous food: pasta. Australian chef Adam Swanson explores where pasta came from, how it got to Italy, and how different regions have made this Italian staple their own. Adam who owns a restaurant situated on Adelaide’s picturesque Glenelg beach, travels to Italy to not only rediscover his heritage in Italy’s south, but to discover traditional pasta recipes, shapes and cooking techniques. He discovers recipes that are steeped in history – and shows us just how easy it is to cook these recipes at home.

Beginning in Italy’s south in Naples, where his family are from, Adam heads to thirteen different regions in Italy, including island region Sicily, Lazio, home of the nation’s capital, and Tuscany, arguably one of Italy’s most famous and cultural regions. Travelling in his little red Fiat, Louis, Adam meets authentic Italian people and cooks authentic Italian recipes.

EASY RECIPES


Maybe you’re new to pasta, maybe you love it already! Either way, you’ll enjoy trying out some of the quick and easy recipes we’ve put together for you. Here are 6 mouth-watering meals using Biondi Pasta that will really tempt your tastebuds. You’re sure to find something here that’s perfect for your next meal — whether it’s a family dinner, a get-together with friends, or a quick, easy meal just for you.

Spaghetti Napolitana

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Couscous Marinara

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Casarecce with Onion and Pancetta Sauce

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Pappardelle with Slow Braised Goat Shoulder

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Linguine with Italian Sausage, Truffle and Pepper

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Tubular Spaghetti with Pig Cheek and Pecorino

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Baked Orrechiette with Ricotta and Sundried Tomatoes

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Fusilli with Pork, Red Wine and Chilli

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Fettuccine with Lamb, Chick Peas and Herb Sauce

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Tagliatelle with Butter Cheese and Balsamic Vinegar

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Fresh Tortellini with Parmesan, Cream, and Hazelnut Prosciutto Crumble

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Tubular Spaghetti with Seafood and Anchovy Butter

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Buckwheat Spirals with Gorgonzola, Taleggio and Walnuts

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Beef Ragu with Curly Fettuccine

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Tagliatelle Timballo with Meatballs

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Tubular Spaghetti with Bread Crumbs

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Penne with Pork Ragu

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Mushroom, Chestnut & Pancetta Pasta Forno

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Episodes


Episode 1 Naples

The series begins in Naples, Campania, the city that’s home to Adam’s family. Adam arrives in Naples for the wedding anniversary of his beloved Zia and Zio. His Zia is his Nonna’s sister, an …

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Episode 2 Sicily

Adam goes to the island region of Sicily, a region which has been shaped by the various occupying powers that have landed on its shores over the years. Greek, Roman and Arab forces all occup …

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Episode 3 Calabria

Calabria is historically one of Italy’s poorest regions, and its citizens had to be incredibly resourceful to preserve and create their food. Calabrians made their pasta entirely by hand, wh …

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Episode 4 Tuscany

Arguably Italy’s most famous region, Tuscany is home to fine wine, history, culture, beautiful scenery and, of course, incredible food. Once ruled by the decadent Medici family, who are cred …

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Episode 5 Umbria

Umbria is located just below Tuscany, and is a region famous for its diverse landscape and mediaeval heritage. With enchanting towns nestled in rolling hills and mountainous terrain, Umbria …

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Episode 6 Lazio

Lazio is perhaps most famous for being home to Italy’s capital – Rome. Steeped in history, culture and spirituality, Rome is a truly amazing city – but, as Adam discovers, Rome isn’t the onl …

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Episode 7 Puglia

Puglia, a region in Southern Italy, is known as ‘The Garden of Italy’. Blessed with rolling hills and fertile stories, Puglia is ideal farming land for vineyards, olive orchards and grain gr …

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Episode 8 Basilicata

Sometimes a little goes a long way, and the residents of the poor, rural, mountainous region of Basilicata have kept this in mind while creating their ‘cucina povera’ over the centuries – bu …

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Episode 9 Abruzzo

In this incredibly mountainous region, which borders the glittering Adriatic Sea, the towns and citizens were once isolated from one another. Adam visits local trattoria ‘Ristorante Italia d …

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Episode 10 Emilia Romagna, Part 1

Adam starts off in Bologna, and you may have guessed from the name, but Bologna is the birthplace of pasta staple, Bolognese sauce! Adam meets Ilaria De Fidio, a chef who helps him cook a de …

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Episode 11 Emilia Romagna, Part 2

Adam’s still in the region of Emilia Romagna, and is spending time in local restaurant Osteria Francesana to learn about the local produce, and how to use it in pasta dishes at home. Emilia …

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Episode 12 Veneto

Veneto is the region that’s home to Venice, arguably one of Italy’s most famous cities. Adam explores the canals and discovers local dish Fasioi, a bean-based pasta dish that’s similar to Pa …

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Episode 13 Lombardia

Adam heads to Lombardia, a region that is famous for its many cheeses. First, Adam goes to Gorgonzola to learn all about – you guessed it – gorgonzola. Adam learns what other ingredients go …

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Episode 14 Tuscany

Join Adam as he ventures out from Florence and into the quiet Tuscany countryside, seeking to uncover the rich history of the princely Corsini Family, from their comprehensive archives datin …

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Episode 15 Siena

The only town in Tuscany to rival Florence is Siena, a town that flourished during the medieval era. Adam explores Siena’s defensive outpost of Monteriggioni, and learns about Siena’s battle …

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Episode 16 Pienza

Pienza is a famous renaissance city in Tuscany, and Adam travels there and tries the locally-famous pecorino cheese. He also stops by Montepulciano, a city founded by the Etruscans, and famo …

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Episode 17 Elba Island

Adam jumps on a ferry and heads to Elba, an island off of the Western coast of Italy. Elba was once home to Napoleon during his exile, and Adam learns about the famous emperor’s life and his …

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Episode 18 Volterra

Adam visits the ancient city of Volterra, which is famous for its alabaster industry, learning about the many layers of this culture-rich town. He delights in Leonardo Da Vinci’s favourite d …

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Episode 19 Pistoia

Adam visits Pistoia, a city famous for two diverse things: its metalworking industry, and its beautiful gardens. In the final episode in this series, Adam explores Pistoia, sampling local fa …

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About Adam


Adelaide born Adam Swanson is the owner and Executive Chef of Zucca Greek Mezze, at Holdfast Shores in Glenelg. At the tender age of 17, Adam realised he had an uncompromised fascination and passion for food. He invested 7 years of training with Majeros restaurant, but always knew he was destined for bigger and more inspiring dreams. By his mid twenties, Adam had become the owner of his own restaurant! Now, with 17 years of experience, his devoted love affair with food has become a personal and professional success!

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