Antonio Carluccio believes that food and music go well together, especially Italian food and grand opera, for which he has a lifelong passion. Accordingly, he has created fifteen delicious menus to accompany a selection of his favourite arias in this unique book/CD presentation. Featuring selected highlights from his own repertoire, including classic regional dishes, the menus combine to provide an irresistible celebration of Italy's finest food. Ossobuco Milanese, prawns in garlic, oil and chilli sauce, or baked peaches are just some of the flavours to delight the senses. Antonio has tried to suit the food to the character of the opera and having entertained some of opera's greatest personalities, including Luciano Pavarotti, Kiri Te Kanawa and Placido Domingo, he is perfectly placed to create the perfect accompaniment. Why not share the Antonio experience by entertaining to the sounds of Donizetti's Che mi Frena? Or some quintessential Verdi? The combination of inspiring music and deletable food is confirmation that life is too short not to be Italian.
Antonio Carluccio grew up in Northern Italy. After moving to England he ran the famous Neal Street restaurant in London's Covent Garden, a short walk from the Royal Opera House, where he created a reputation for outstanding cooking in elegant surroundings. In 1991, Antonio opened Carluccio's food shop, the forerunner of his successful chain of caffes. His first book, Invitation to Italian Cooking has been followed by 12 further books, and he has made numerous television appearances.