An Italian Journey: Emilia Romagna

An Italian Journey: Emilia Romagna

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Chef: Francesco Mattana In this episode of his Masterclass, Chef Francesco Mattana makes gnocco fritto. Gnocco fritti or fried gnocchi is known as the fast food of Modena and can be consumed at any time of the day – enjoy them plain for breakfast, as a snack with jam or Nutella or at lunch accompanied with salami and soft cheese. You can fill them with savoury or sweet ingredients so there’s lots of choice! But today, we’re serving ours with a charcuterie. About Chef Francesco Mattana: Chef Francesco is from Sardinia, a beautiful island in the South of Italy. He has a background in cooking, having spent 7 years as a Chef in Italy, Australia and London. He is now a Senior Teaching Chef for some of the top cookery schools in London. For Chef Francesco, being Italian, Italian cuisine is his passion. He has a developed, rustic Italian cooking style based on memories from his childhood – cooking with his Nonna, working on the farm and fishing with his Granddad. Chef Francesco’s recipes are all original, traditional and based on the best ingredients!

Gnocco Fritti (Fried Gnocchi)


  • 250 grams flour 00
  • 80ml sparkling water
  • 20g lard (fundamental, but if you don't have it then use olive oil)
  • Pinch of salt
  • 40ml milk
  • Different cured meat such as mortadella, prosciutto, salame
  • Balsamic Vinegar of Modena
  • Soft cheese
  • A glass of red wine
  • 1.5 litres of vegetable oil (for frying)

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