Garlic, Oil and Murderer – Kitchen Crimes

Original title: Aglio, olio e assassino – Delitti in cucina

Publication Date:

May 2018



Original language and publisher

Italian | Planeta DeAgostini

Garlic, Oil and Murderer – Kitchen Crimes

Original title: Aglio, olio e assassino – Delitti in cucina

  • 2 Seas represents: Dutch Rights.
  • Cinema rights of Benvenuti in casa Esposito series by Pino Imperatore have been optioned by Cattleya Film and TV production.


Set in sunny, cheerful and chaotic Naples, a humorous thriller full of good food and lust for life

A sassy master of Naples culinary tradition and a police inspector who’s also a confirmed bachelor: the most unlikely and hilarious couple of the Italian thriller

Peppe Vitiello, also known as Braciola (“pork chop”) for his large size, is the undisputed king of Trattoria Partenope, on Naples’ seafront. There he cooks delicious dishes and delights people with his incredibly witty jokes. At home, however, Peppe is harassed by his wife Angelina, a harsh and despotic woman who considers him just a waste of space and doesn’t even allow him to approach the stove. Inspector Gianni Scapece works in the police station close to the trattoria: he is a solitary man who loves food as much as women. By laughing and sipping wine together, Vitiello and Scapece get to know each other, until Braciola becomes the policeman’s most trusted confidant.

When a man is found dead in strange circumstances – surrounded by food, as in a sort of ritual – Scapece decides to take advantage of Vitiello’s wit and gastronomic knowledge to solve the case. Indeed, not only the killer has signed his crime, but every day he provokes the inspector by sending him local dishes he cooked himself.

Pino Imperatore was born in Milan from a couple of Neapolitan immigrants. He lives in Aversa, near Caserta, and works in Naples. He is the author of the bestseller novel Benvenuti in casa Esposito (Giunti, 2012) and of its sequel Bentornati in casa Esposito (Giunti, 2013). These books have inspired a very successful play widely acclaimed by more than 100,000 spectators.