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Eat ! Drink ! Italy ! with Vic Rallo

vikingkaj | Oct 31, 201309:04 AM

So how does the owner of two rather mediocre overpriced Italian restaurants (Basil T's and Undici) in Monmouth get his own TV show and free half hour commercial on local PBS ?

I mean, what were they thinking ? It's not like they don't have enough Italian cooking shows on local PBS already.

At last count this includes:

Lidia, who is now looking to Italian American eateries for inspiration (?) Guess we ran out of real Italian/Croatian ideas...

Nick Stellino, who has also run out of Italian recipes and is now ghost hosting for other chefs.

Ciao Italia with Mary Ann Esposito, not sure if Ciao means hello or goodbye in this context.

Brindiamo with Ornella Fado, whom I can barely understand.

Christina Cooks, an Italian (oops Mediterranean) take on vegan.

Mike Colameco's Real Food, I have to confess this is my favorite and does not focus solely on Italian.

So what was the braintrust at WNET thinking when they greenlighted yet another Italian food show? And why this guy since his restaurants cater to the blue haired set in Red Bank and Rumson? (Check out the bar at Basil T's on a Wednesday evening if you don't believe me.) I think the board of WNET should have to eat there for a week before they make up their minds to renew.

Or, as usual in New Jersey, was the fix in on this one too?

How about a different cuisine for change, what could we do that would be local and interesting?

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