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- My name's Frankie Celenza. I'm an Italian cook, a storyteller, and a musician. My love for Italy goes deep and I've always dreamed of flying solo to this beautiful country. I feel so Italian. This is probably one of the most beautiful things I've ever driven in my life. I can't wait to live the bella vita. I'm headed to Rome, my final destination in this whirlwind solo trip. And I've decided the best way to see the eternal city is in eternal style. So here I am in Rome and I want to fit in with the Romans, and the way to do that is with All right, let's drive around a little bit, what do you say? Woo! Yay. Oh, I've never been so pleased with 11 horsepower in my life. Before we drive through Rome, I want to show you a rare view that no other city in the world has to offer. This is the key to the city. You want to see what this thing looks like? This is so, so cool in here. I'm gonna show you, we're gonna pull over for a second and you can see what it looks like. I just have to find a parking spot. This thing's impossible to find a parking spot for. We're in Italy, you can see Malta and then Vatican City right through this keyhole here. Oh, you see two countries in a row. We're in the third one. You've got Italy, you've got Malta, and then you've got Vatican City. I guess though it would be cool if you did that qua-dro of Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Nevada. Is that what it is? Although those aren't different countries. Come on, let's get something to eat. Okay, now we're gonna have a Trapizzino. It's a combination of a tramezzino, which is a little sandwich and a pizza. We do that's a cow's stomach, I think that's very Roman. All of these are salted right to the limits. Mmm, all right, let's try the chicken. Oh, man. Now we've got this suppli. It's like the Roman version of an arenchino, sorta. It's so hot. Look at that. Man, that was delicious. On to the next. This is joy. Man, forget Prozac. Get yourself a little old Fiat. All right, we're going to the Fountain Oli, which to me sounds like a giant fountain. Woo hoo, what a view! Check it out, it's the Fountain Oli, the big fountain. But what's even cooler is what's on the other side. Check this out. That would be Rome, right here. Oh man, all of Rome behind me, in a Fiat 500. It doesn't get more romantic than this, I gotta tell ya. Ciao, momma. The Colosseum is right in front of us. How cool. It's so beautiful. It's so much better looking than Madison Square Garden. Now let's get a cup of coffee, Roman style. This car also doubles as a table. I took a picture of some old men drinking two cappuccini on top of a Cinquecento years ago and I've always wanted to mimic that shot. Everything that you could possibly want in one picture is right here. An old design that's still modeled after today. Beautiful, like pop art design in the car, and the quick coffee. There are no more things that I want. Zero more things. Rome stands apart from any other place in the world because their history never needs to be told, just seen. You're immersed in a timeline of emperors come and gone, wars won and lost, and yet the city still thrives. Paving the way for modernization, while still embracing its epic beginnings. Man, this is so, so cool. Look at this, we're just in this ancient area. Really beautiful. This is the Altare della Patria. It's a monument built for the first queen of Italy, but also for the unification of Italy. Absolutely beautiful. Let's go to the top, what do you think? One of the best parts of traveling to Rome in its off season is that there are no tourists, so you can really feel the local pulse. Plus the hotels are pretty cheap. I think it's the best way to see any major city in its true form. Therein lies the beauty of the off season. So this is like one of those original temples from before Christ. Feels holy, I gotta tell ya. Every time they dig in Rome, they find something. And every corner you turn by foot, you find something. The Pope lives there. Pretty good real estate. You know, from the Knights of Malta Keyhole, Vatican City did not look this impressive. Absolutely incredible. Here we are at the Trevi Fountain. It's probably the most famous place to completely unnecessarily dispose of money. I feel my wishes are already coming true. I do actually have one more wish and that's to eat some very traditional Roman pastas. All right, Rome, what's it famous for? Cacio e pepe, carbonara? And we have Chef Leonardo.
- Ciao, Frankie, .
- I'm good, I'm very well. Let's make pasta. It's Pecorino, Pecorino Romano. A little bit of pepper. Tonnarelli is the typical Roman pasta to do it. It's a very simple, simple plate. It's just the pasta water, pasta, cacio, pepper. Okay, a little secret, I love secrets. Ice. See, the whole reason to start with the cold pasta is so that when you finally do hit it with the heat, it creates a homogenous cream. Look at that, it's becoming creamy already. Oh, nice twirl. Little bit more pepper. And you put a little more Pecorino. The moment of truth. So it's a plate from very poor cooking that tries to create a lot from cheese, but also from the fact that there's pepper, which completely eliminates hunger. Of course, this is not the only dish of Roman cooking. They have carbonara, they have amatriciana, they have gricia, and I think I'm gonna order all three right now. I'm gonna eat this now in peace. Well, we've had a lot of delicious food here in Rome. And we've been able to see the city through rose-colored glasses in this vintage car. But you know what? Italy is still pretty simple and that's what I love about it. It's just a great place. It's an innocent place and it's an honest place. It's my favorite country. And I am certainly gonna miss you, Italy.