Abruzzo food is Italian cuisine at its purest. The region is surrounded by national parks, and is 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.