madonna-Dolce & GabbanaMadonna as Momma Mia? It seems unlikely given the Material Girl’s emphasis on “staying fresh” through copious exercise and a strict macrobiotic diet. But a new ad campaign for Dolce and Gabbana puts Madonna in the kitchen eating pasta, no less. What gives?

The campaign is in keeping with Dolce & Gabbana’s emphasis on Mediterranean heritage and classic Italian sensuality in its Spring/Summer 2010 collection.

The theme is akin to Italian Neorealism in the cinema, and Madonna was won over by the concept, even though she reportedly has banned everything from dairy to sugar and sausages from her regular diet.

Images from the campaign, which are featured in the Italian edition of Vogue magazine, recall the strong, raw sensuality of the iconic actress Anna Magnani, according to the magazine.

“She loved the collection,” Stefano Gabbana said of Madonna. “She is passionate and impressively knowledgeable about Italian cinema.”

Monica Vitti is reportedly Madonna’s favorite actress. The pop icon has long wanted a film career, which has largely eluded her, at least as far as critics are concerned.

Madonna, 51, has been the face and body for Louis Vutton for the past two years, but she was recently displaced by 25-year-old Dutch model Lara Stone.

For Dolce and Gabbana, the pop star star is pictured washing dishes, preparing vegetables and even uses her fingers to pluck pasta from a bowl and place it seductively in her mouth.

Gabbana called Madonna a “very practical woman” and he had no doubt she knows her way around the kitchen, including how to wash a dish.

And does she actually eat spaghetti? “Of course, Gabbana replied. “And she can allow herself to with all the exercise she does!”

Who says there is no connection between food and sex?

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