• 'Cook like an Italian' presenter Silvia Colloca has a bunch of dishes to share with Australian home cooks who are hungry for a taste of regional Italy. (SBS Food)Source: SBS Food
Silvia Colloca is back for a second season of Cook like an Italian, with even more family recipes to pass on down to a new generation.
7 Apr 2021 - 5:41 PM  UPDATED 27 May 2021 - 2:43 PM

--- Season 2 of Cook like and Italian with Silvia Colloca premieres at 8:00pm on Thursday 8 April 2021 on SBS Food, or stream it free via SBS on Demand ---


Food writer and passionate home cook Silvia Colloca takes us on a kitchen bench journey through regional Italy for series 2 of Cook like an Italian with Silvia Colloca.

More than ever, the simple act of cooking and sharing food with the people we love is vital to our happiness — and there is always happiness in an Italian kitchen, from Silvia's family to yours.


Episode 1 | Emilia Romagna

Premieres 8.00pm Thursday 8 April, 2021on SBS Food

Silvia returns to take us through the famous region of Emilia Romagna — known for its medieval cities, sun-soaked Adriatic beaches and some of the best cuisine in Italy. The ancient cuisine of Emilia Romagna is simple, yet full of strong and refined flavours and the region is considered to be the gastronomical heart of Italy. We return for Series Two with Silvia's kitchen nearing the end of a renovation with Silvia cooking up a memorable lunch for the tradies and then christening the kitchen by cooking her beloved Nona's Ragu.

Torta Montenegro

The bitterness of the dark chocolate used for this cake is offset with the sweet bursts of fresh berries scattered on top.

Piadina Romagnola

Italia's wrap, this flatbread is toasted and filled with antipasti like prosciutto, stone fruit, rocket and cheeses for a burst of diverse flavours.

Ragú Bolognese with tagliatelle

If there were one, this would be the real 'bolognese' - a slow-cooked veal and pork ragú that's ridiculously rich and flavourful.

Episode 2 | Breakfast breads

Airs 8.00pm Thursday 15 April, 2021on SBS Food

Italian breakfasts are quite different to the traditional breakfast you might be used to — they are usually much lighter and often sweeter than cooked breakfasts that are eaten in many countries around the world. Quite often they are simply there to accompany a morning cappuccino or espresso either at home or standing at an Italian bar on the way to work. In this episode we'll explore three different breakfasts which are light and will start your day off splendidly.

Soft ricotta sandwich loaf

A ricotta loaf is slightly sweet and gorgeously moist. Slice up and slather with chocolate spread, berries, honey or whatever takes your fancy.

Focaccia Pugliese

Focaccia Pugliese makes for the perfect side to almost any Italian dish, or for when you simply wish to fill your home with the smell of fresh bread and herbs.

Brioche con sorbet

Brioche in Sicily is fruitless and usually individually portioned like a bread roll, ready to be filled with zesty, fresh sorbet.

Episode 3 | Special occasions

Airs 8.00pm Thursday 22 April, 2021on SBS Food

Abruzzo food is Italian cuisine at its purest. The region is surrounded by national parks, protected from centuries of foreign cuisine influences. In the North, cooking has been influenced by France and Austro-Hungarian food. And of course in the South of Italy, there is a strong Spanish, Arabic and North African influence. But in the middle, Abruzzo's ancient recipes have remained unchanged, with simple and fresh ingredients used creatively for maximum effect. Silvia meets with some distant cousins living in Australia and they spend the afternoon cooking one of the Abruzzo region's most traditional soups.

Twice-baked stuffed eggplant

Eggplant is so delicious and creamy when baked, so why stop at one round? Fill the vegetable with ricotta, passata and herbs then bake again.

Celli pieni cookies

These round biscuits are made from fresh pastry dough then filled with a mixture of jam, dark chocolate and nuts and are perfect with an after-dinner coffee.

Brodo Abruzzese

Brodo is a slow-cooked broth and, in this version, is accompanied by tender Italian meatballs and a savoury sponge that resembles an Australian zucchini slice.

Episode 4 | Pasta shapes

Airs 8.00pm Thursday 29 April, 2021on SBS Food

There are approximately 350 types of pasta in Italy — and about four times as many names for them! Pasta shapes are designed to hold the sauce in the best way possible due to form and consistency. Some pasta varieties are uniquely regional, but in other cases, the cut of the pasta is present in more than one region, but it’s known by another name. In this episode we'll be pairing pasta with some of my favourite sauces and salads, and
learning how to make maccheroni al ferro by hand.

Pasta shapes with artichoke

Tender marinated artichokes tossed through pasta with tuna, olives and tomatoes create a simple, budget-friendly lunch offering.

Orecchiette with mussels

Resembling something like an Italian paella, fresh mussels are dotted around the pot with pasta, white wine and capers, served alongside crusty bread.

Maccheroni al ferro with sausage ragu

Making your own maccheroni adds time but brings plenty of rustic charm and the unsurpassable quality of home-made, especially when laden with this rich sausage ragu.

Episode 5 | Gluten-free Italian

Airs 8.00pm Thursday 6 May, 2021on SBS Food

Cooking is central to the Italian way of life, so when they need to substitute ingredients, they do it well. Italians are very accommodating to 'senza glutine' alternatives and Italian law actually requires that gluten-free food be available in schools, hospitals and public places. For example, chickpea and chestnut flours have been part of Italian cuisine for centuries. The recipes here are all delicious gluten free alternatives to some of Italy's most classic and authentic meals — and you won't feel like you’re missing out at all.

Risotto with beetroot and straciatella cheese

The slow-roasted beetroots add a rich, captivating colour to this vegetarian risotto, which is topped with a generous sprinkle of soft stracciatella cheese.

Red lentil penne

Red lentil penne makes your next quick weeknight pasta dinner a touch healthier with more protein and fibre than regular pasta. Here Silvia's paired it with a classic prawn and cherry tomato sauce.

Gluten-free calzone

A homemade calzone baked from scratch could well be the ultimate comfort food, and now gluten-intolerant friends need not miss out. Get creative with the fillings and make it to your liking.

Episode 6 | Kids in the kitchen

Airs 8.00pm Thursday 13 May, 2021on SBS Food

When you meet an Italian, they will always recall the stories and memories about the smells coming from their kitchen when they were children. What they learnt simply by being in the kitchen is priceless family history, passed
down from their Nonnas and Mammas. If you invite your children into the cooking process, you'll be surprised by how excited they are to see the end product and try what they have made themselves. It's a wonderful experience cooking with your children that makes memories last a lifetime.

Yoghurt and olive oil cake

Yoghurt and olive oil make for a delectably moist cake. Top this one with a stunning swirl of mascarpone and a scattering of freshly roasted berries.

Risi e bisi (rice and peas) soup

Italian soups are simultaneously hearty and wholesome and risi e bisi is no exception, using easy ingredients for a simple weeknight meal.

Pizza fritta

Pizza fritta, or fried pizza, is exactly that: fried pieces of fresh pizza dough ready to top with your favourite flavours that's slightly chewy and crunchy.

Episode 7 | Seafood lovers

Airs 8.00pm Thursday 20 May, 2021on SBS Food

Italy's vast coastline provides ample opportunity to enjoy fresh seafood across the country. Most of Italy's regions border the coast, however each region has their own specialty seafood dishes ranging from pastas, stews or baking, and then combining those dishes with in-season ingredients. We all know that the way to an Italian’s heart is through their stomachs and Silvia cooks two dishes, Zupetta Di Pesce and Baked Snapper for a close friend's 60th Birthday. These recipes are some of Italy's most popular seafood dishes, but Silvia's version features a slight twist to keep you on your toes.

Zuppetta di pesce (plus pasta with leftover stew)

Italians know how to do hearty meals, and the fish stew is no exception. Zuppetta di pesce brings together fish, mussels, clams and scallops for a rich stew.

Whole roasted snapper

Silvia marinates her whole snapper in an olive and caper paste and then bakes it on a vibrant bed of cherry tomatoes and sliced chillies, served with crisp lemon slices.

Spaghetti vongole e 'nduja

The beautiful juices from the vongole add such a rich depth of flavour to this spaghetti, all complemented wonderfully with fresh herbs and chilli.

Episode 8 | Vegetables

Airs 8.00pm Thursday 27 May, 2021 on SBS Food

Many vegetable lovers worry about navigating Italy's restaurants, cafes and grocery stores and avoid cooking Italian food as they think it to be rich in meat. This is partly true, Italians do love their meat — but it doesn't mean meat-heavy meals overpower the cuisine or take up the majority of menus. There are so many authentic vegetable-forward recipes in Italy, many even vegetarian and vegan - although lots of 'Italian-inspired' food in other countries is smothered in cream or butter, Italians often use olive oil as a base.

Minestrone with risoni

Packed full of beans and vegetables, minestrone warms the soul from the inside, and a steaming bowl of it is perfect to wrap one's hands around on a cold night.

Baked zucchini flowers with ricotta and mint

Carefully stuff the zucchini flowers with ricotta, mint and anchovy for a gorgeous roast vegetable that's soft and creamy.

Gnocchi Sorrentina

In Sorrento, gnocchi is boiled and then baked with a rich sugo (sauce), shredded buffalo mozzarella and torn basil which takes the Italian classic to a new level.

Episode 9 | Party tricks

Airs 8.00pm Thursday 3 June, 2021 on SBS Food

Silvia will be showing us some of Italy's most classic meals to share with friends and family. Every Italian cook has 'grandma hacks' or 'party tricks' passed down from their Mamma and it's these little hacks that make all the difference. You won't be slaving away for hours in the kitchen, or searching at the local market for specific ingredients included in the long recipe in your cookbook. Most of these recipes you'll be familiar with, but these
slight twists make the cooking process faster and are bound to impress those guests you’ve been promising to have over for months.

Zucchini and prawn fritto

Crisp baby zucchini and flowers with prawns that make for an easy and delicious canapé.

Marbled ricotta ciambella

Ciambella is an Italian ring-shaped cake, prepared here with olive oil and ricotta and marbled with rich cocoa.

Broken lasagne with lamb ragu

Stir this slow-cooked lamb ragu through torn lasagne sheets for a simple, pasta meal.

Episode 10 | Family favourites

Airs 8.00pm Thursday 10 June, 2021 on SBS Food

You cannot go wrong with these favourites which will of course be enjoyed by the whole family — even if you have some fussy eaters in the house! The ingredients are simple, yet full of flavour and the recipes have been refined
to the point of perfection as they've passed down the generations. However, you may not want to serve the 'devil's chicken' to your kids or they may not eat anything else ever again.

Roman-style rigatoni alla Gricia

A simple pasta throw-together that's ready in 15 minutes, complete with chunks of guanciale and a good shaving of Roman pecorino.

Chicken Diavola with Mediterranean potatoes

Chicken Diavola (Devil's chicken) is an easy one-pan roast chook that's spatchcocked for crisp skin and a shorter roasting time.

Baci di dama

Meaning 'lady's kiss', these mini biscuits combine hazelnut and plain flours for a nutty flavour and are spread with chocolate in the centre.