Mas­simo Mar­garia

New Zealand Listener - - THIS LIFE - Mas­simo Mar­garia stars in the RNZB’s pro­duc­tion Danc­ing with Mozart, which tours the coun­try from May 31-July 8.

The Royal New Zealand Bal­let dancer was born in Turin and he brought his love of Ital­ian food with him to this coun­try. “The process of how they make the food in Italy is dif­fer­ent; the real pizza and how they cook the pasta in the restau­rants is so good.”

What is one of your favourite child­hood food mem­o­ries? My mother would al­ways cook rice with a kind of cheese for kids; I was in love with that cheese. The rice was like the ar­bo­rio rice we have here, but we have many dif­fer­ent va­ri­eties.

Do you make a point of healthy eat­ing? My mother told me to al­ways eat some­thing with good colour dur­ing the day. So, I like or­anges be­cause they’re re­ally good for your body. I eat veges, too, of course, but I’m not re­ally a fan of them.

What’s your typ­i­cal break­fast? Most of the time I have eggs with ba­con. I have free-range eggs al­most ev­ery day.

What about lunch? To­day I had two slices of pizza – just light ones: four cheeses and a mar­garita. Nor­mally I would have salad with chicken; I have chicken ev­ery day in some form.

And your typ­i­cal din­ner? Ital­ian style. Pasta with pesto or tomato. Car­bonara. Ma­tri­ciana. Any­thing like that. If I have a show and I need en­ergy but need to be light, I have a salad with chicken. A good mix of pro­tein and healthy food.

What’s your favourite evening meal? I love mak­ing risotto with mush­room. I like it be­cause it’s re­ally healthy; you don’t have to add much cream or but­ter.

What do you snack on? Dur­ing the day I al­ways have a mix of nuts, be­cause they give me en­ergy and wake me up; also ba­nanas.

What do you like to serve when en­ter­tain­ing? ­Car­bonara – it’s one of my spe­cial­i­ties. Maybe pesto rosso – red pesto.

What is your idea of food hell? I hate car­ciofi (ar­ti­choke) and I hate broc­coli. I can’t eat it.

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