Kylie and Patrick go back in time as they visit what is believed to be the home of the very first human inhabitants in Italy. Matera boasts prehistoric cave dwellings and a dramatic gorge, which formed the backdrop for Mel Gibson’s film The Passion. As always, Kylie just happens to know a cute local guy Nicola, who offers to put them up in his uncle’s luxurious and historic Palazzo Viceconte.

But there’s no time to waste as the two are to spend their day weaving through the labyrinth of alleyways in the heart of this ancient town; truffle hunting in the forest; up close with lambs, donkeys and pigs at a local farm and inside the restaurant of an internationally acclaimed chef Michele Ferrante. They even squeeze in a rustic picnic in the wild with the butcher, the baker and lamb-mince-maker (not to mention a few strays working the fields who fancy a bit of bruschetta and a family of pigs).

By nightfall they plan to host a banquet inside a cave inviting everyone they’ve met through the day but can they really have the noble Professor and owner of a luxury hotel breaking bread with a farmhand who feeds pigs for a living and prefers not to use cutlery? Patrick’s salted cod on potato puree with shaved truffle and a hearty lamb and vegetable stew cooked on the open fire followed by Kylie’s traditional fried cartellate drizzled in wild honey and vino cotto and topped with caramelized fig gelato will hopefully bring the masses together.

 

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Hotel Palazzo Viceconte and Sextantio Le Grotte della Civita

 

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 Ristorante alle Fornaci

 

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Kylie’s Favourite Moment Shooting the Matera Episode:

Everybody who knows me knows I’m slightly obsessed with picnics – simple food torn up into rough pieces and eaten with your fingers in the sunshine. Basically any lunch setting that allows you to fall back into a siesta immediately after feasting is heaven to me. So I was so excited to set up the most rustic picnic ever with all these characters in the middle of a field. Honestly, I can still taste that bread with hunks of salty salami, tomatoes still warm from the sun and a good glug of local olive oil! Buono!!!

Patrick’s Favourite Moment Shooting the Matera Episode:

We arrived in Matera in the middle of the night, which is something I always love. It means you’ll wake up in the morning and open your curtains as if pulling the wrapping from a birthday present. I remember opening the shutters to a view over the most beautiful valley then panning around to see the rooftops of this practically prehistoric town. The setting was beautiful and the welcome we received from the locals felt like we were amongst family. Everywhere we went that day a new local would join our troupe until by the end we felt like the pied pipers of Matera. We ended up cooking dinner in a local cave, though we couldn’t have done it without the help of local superstar chef Michele!

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