I was born in Vietri sul Mare, near Salerno, and I've travelled up and down the country for the past 40 or 50 years. I'm a lover of sublime yet simple regional food, particularly from small trattorias – run by mama, papa and the entire family – where dishes are created using local produce. I am not a huge fan of Michelin-starred establishments because I don't believe that a star or two or a thumbs-up from a food critic necessarily maketh a good meal.
Memorable meals I have had, for example one I ate in Sicily at Da Vittorio restaurant in Menfi, feature produce that is fresh. There, fish isn't refrigerated with ice; it's caught, gutted, filleted and thrown straight into the pan where it is cooked beautifully and simply.