Vic Rallo Shares His Passion for Italian Cuisine and Culture
Vic Rallo, restaurateur, author, and PBS host of "Eat! Drink! Italy! with Vic Rallo" shares his passion for Italian cuisine, art, and culture with Joanna Gagis.
"On this episode of Eat! Drink! Italy! we learn the tasty, versatile basics of piave cheese, Tony Verdoni talks to one of Italy's best Amarone makers, and I help make an elegant hazelnut torte. My name is Vic Rallo, and I Eat! Drink! Italy! Follow me, and I'll prove it. Welcome to Life and Living. I'm Joanna Gagis. There you just saw him. He's New Jersey's go to source for all things Italian cuisine. You'll recognize this fellow PBS face from his hit show Eat! Drink! Italy! with Vic Rallo. Here he is, we have Vic Rallo right here. How are you? Hello, how are you? Great to be here. Glad to have you. We love watching the show, love watching what you're doing, because, let's be serious, we all wish that we could get out of our day to day jobs and vacation on the countryside of Italy, which is what you do for a living. Talk about it. It's our job, somebody has to do it! See? [laughter] I got lucky! I got lucky this time! [laughter] No, no it's unbelievable. You got lucky, but it's a lot of hard work, isn't it? Yeah I mean it's a lot of hard work, but I get to go to places where a lot of people don't get to go to. You know. We go to attractions, and cultural and historical wineries, restaurants, that are not typical in, you know, an American's travel itinerary. So I think what people like about it is we go a little bit beyond. And we bring you something that they normally might not be able to see. Vic, it's impossible to understand the show and what you do without understanding who you are as a person. Give us a sense of your background, where you grew up. You know, my mom and dad were in the restaurant business and they had no money. And they started close to here in Newark, New Jersey. And my dad had a pizza parlor. And as young children, you know, babies, we live in that pizza parlor. So... Is it true you were sitting in the stroller in the back with the pizza flour flying everywhere? [laughter] It wasn't until I was nine, I didn't realize... I realized I didn't have dandruff. [laughter] It was pizza flour on my shoulder, you know. Right. So, you know, we really grew up in the restaurant business, and it becomes kind of... genetic. It's in your blood. And it's something you can't... you know I went to law school, my brother went to law school... Your parents were big on that, right? They wanted you to have an education? Yeah, cause they thought the restaurant business was really hard. Which it is. But I think it's like..."