Italian Food Safari

Currently on air, 6pm weeknights. A celebration of the Italians who have shaped our culinary landscape.

Italian Food Safari is a celebration of the incredible breadth and hard work of the Italians who came and settled in Australia over a generation ago and have kept...
Maeve O’Meara and chef Guy Grossi spend time with Australia’s top Italian chefs and producers celebrating food traditions handed down through the centuries.

Stories from Maeve and Guy

Follow Maeve and Guy's history of food exploration together.

Food Safari

Food Safari takes you on a culinary globetrot across Australia with Producer-presenter Maeve O'Meara who has spent most of her life seeking out great food.

French Food Safari

Presented by Maeve O’Meara, French Food Safari follows one of France’s best exports to Australia, renowned chef Guillaume Brahimi on a personal voyage.

Italian Food Safari recipes

You will need to begin this recipe 12 hours ahead.
The food of the angels. Flavoured with citrus rind and grappa, and sprinkled with icing sugar, crostoli are the lightest ribbons of fried pastry and a must for...
Set perfectly, with almonds, pistachios, cherries and a layer of white chocolate, you will never look at another nougat recipe again! You will need a sugar...
This ravioli dish is worth all the work you put in. It's a magnificent combination of silky pasta with a potato and ricotta filling, tossed with a sauce of speck...
A true Florentine steak uses Chianina beef, and is always served rare. The steaks are enormous and designed to be shared – as you can see from this recipe,...
These Italian pastries are truly a combination of passion and skill. This recipe uses flaky pastry fashioned into shells. it has a glorious crunch, with a creamy...
If you are lucky enough to come across a large quantity of fresh tuna (even 50 kilograms), then this is a great way to use it. You’ll have a long supply of...
A recipe of simplicity and freshness – Lucio Galletto shows us how to make a proper Ligurian pesto, which is said to be the best, creamiest pesto in Italy. This...
You will want to make this wonderful Italian recipe for sweet twice-baked biscuits time after time. From chef Armando Percuoco, and made by his pastry chef...
The success of this simple yet delicious recipe by Stefano de Pieri depends on getting the freshest fish you can lay your hands on. That's the hardest part. Then...
Dried salted cod from the cold waters of Scandinavia is a staple in many European countries, adored for its white flesh that can morph into hundreds of dishes....
Claude learnt this Italian recipe for spaghetti with black sauce when he joined his grandfather to fish off the Western Australian coast. It’s basically a...
Katrina’s baby spinach gnocchi are a beautiful shade of green, flavoured with herbs and nutmeg, then layered in a dish with the delicious additions of cream,...
With a texture similar to breadsticks, these savoury biscuits are a popular snack in Southern Italy.This recipe uses black pepper but they are sometimes flavoured...
In this delicious recipe a whole snapper is propped up on its belly on the tray, brushed with a mixture of oil and herbs and baked. In Italy a coin is...

La dolce vita

Travel intel from Rome, Puglia, Abruzzo and more for the best Italian escape.

700+ Italian recipes

We all love pasta and pizza but what makes Italian cooking our go-to is its honest-to-goodness simplicity. Pass the mozzarella-oozing arancini, grazie.
All roads may lead to rome, but as Alix Clark discovers, there are MANY different ways to hit the ancient cobblestones once you're there.
Australian photographer and author Carla Coulson takes us on a personal journey through the streets of Terlizzi, her husband’s birthplace, introducing the...
After starting Gourmet Safaris 14 years ago and creating authentic food experiences in Australia, Greece and Vietnam, Maeve O’Meara visits Sardinia and Corsica to...
Bordered by the Adriatic Coast and towering Apennines mountains, Abruzzo remained untouched for centuries by outsiders. Now, this region ripe with tradition and...

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