Rich and famous: Penelope Cruz, Robert De Niro and Lady Gaga also share a passion for the Mediterranean diet and Italian food.
A dish of spaghetti is Penelope Cruz's culinary Achille’s heel. When she visited Italy recently, she announced she'd eaten "spaghetti for lunch and dinner, practically all day long!" And if you'd assumed the Hollywood star has very difficult culinary tastes, you couldn't be more wrong. It takes very little to make her happy: "Just give me a piece of bread with a few drops of olive oil and a little salt, and I'm in Paradise."
Robert De Niro has repeatedly said that he cannot do without "mozzarelle di Battipaglia" after being introduced to this cheese by Italian actor Michele Placido.
Singer Lady Gaga, on the other hand, is hooked on pizza margherita with shrimps marinated in bergamot.
There are a great many Hollywood actors who love the Mediterranean diet. John Goodman, lead actor in "The Great Lebowski" and "Monuments Men", said he lost 45 pounds thanks to vegetables, fruit and fish.
Hollywood often promotes fashionable diets that come and go in the space of a couple of months but only the Mediterranean diet always resists.
[Source: Teatro Naturale for Sol&Agrifood]