41 episodes

Welcome to Ciao Bella, where travel writer Erica Firpo sits down with Italy's 21st century creators - contemporary artists and artisans, heritage brands and innovative aesthetes, chefs, experts and more who are defining, redefining and evolving Italy, and beyond. Fashion. Food. Art. Travel. Hotels. Galleries. Pizza. Aperitivi. Coffee. And more. Cocktail conversations and behind-the-scenes visits that will make you want to pack you bags and go! Episodes drop every Monday!

Ciao Bella Erica Firpo

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Welcome to Ciao Bella, where travel writer Erica Firpo sits down with Italy's 21st century creators - contemporary artists and artisans, heritage brands and innovative aesthetes, chefs, experts and more who are defining, redefining and evolving Italy, and beyond. Fashion. Food. Art. Travel. Hotels. Galleries. Pizza. Aperitivi. Coffee. And more. Cocktail conversations and behind-the-scenes visits that will make you want to pack you bags and go! Episodes drop every Monday!

    TRAVEL BITE: Kiss Sicilian style - Il Bacio di Pantelleria

    TRAVEL BITE: Kiss Sicilian style - Il Bacio di Pantelleria

    Sicily is a cornucopia of incredible and unforgettable treats and sweets but there is nothing like il bacio di Pantelleria, an unforgettable pastry only to be found on the Black Pearl of the Mediterranean. Join Erica and food writer Salvatore Spatafora to discover food and culture in Pantelleria, Sicily.

    Guest: Salvatore Spatafora

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    • 21 min
    COFFEE: Caffe consigliere Damian Burgess on Italian coffee

    COFFEE: Caffe consigliere Damian Burgess on Italian coffee

    Is Italian coffee really the best?  Caffe consultant, co-founder of 3 Coffee Guys, long-time Piemonte resident and all-around coffee expert Damian Burgess spills the beans on what makes Italian caffe and coffee culture so beloved.

    Guest:  Damian Burgess

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    • 57 min
    WINE: City limits in Rome's Fattoria di Fiorano

    WINE: City limits in Rome's Fattoria di Fiorano

    Alessia Antinori has seven hundred years of wine flowing through her veins, but it's recent history that keeps the wine maker in Rome at Fattoria di Fiorano.  Vineyards in the Eternal City?! You bet. Lazio wines, Italy and more.

    Guest:  Alessia Antinori

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    • 33 min
    Tortellini to Make The World Better World

    Tortellini to Make The World Better World

    Massimo Bottura and Lara Gilmore are creating communities -Tortellante, the local Modena tortellini-focused alternative education program for special needs kids, and Food for Soul, soup kitchens across the globe that feed the community while fighting food waste. 

    Guest:  Lara Gilmore
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    • 21 min
    COCKTAILS: Florence's Negroni, or how I fell in love with cocktails

    COCKTAILS: Florence's Negroni, or how I fell in love with cocktails

    Drink up, it’s Negroni time! Epicurean Coral Sisk of Curious Appetite Travel shares all about the Negroni - from its Florentine history and where in Florence to find the very best today, to the variants we love (and don’t love). Grab a high ball and join Erica and Coral discussing Italy's iconic cocktail.

    Guest: Coral Sisk

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    • 40 min
    TRAVEL BITE: Liguria's Unforgettable Focaccia with Laurel Evans

    TRAVEL BITE: Liguria's Unforgettable Focaccia with Laurel Evans

    There is nothing like the very first bite of fresh focaccia (and then the next). Liguria and in particular Genova claim fame to making Italy's very best focaccia.  Join Erica and foodwriter Laurel Evans as we talk about this unforgettable (and simple) street food.

    Guest: Laurel Evans
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    • 17 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
30 Ratings

30 Ratings

harnz ,

Essential Listening

Erica knows Italy. Period.

Texan Italophile ,

Great window into Italian culture

I have loved listening to Ciao Bella, especially now during social distancing. Each of the topics are interesting—fashion, hotels, design, and FOOD. Erica has chosen fantastic people to interview, and she has a great way of making people open up and share their professional and personal stories. I look forward to all the new episodes!

surfNewport ,

So Cal girl dreaming of Italy

Wow! Erica’s podcast is really amazing. Her interviews make me feel like I’m actually sitting in the restaurants with her! Listening to Michelin star chef’s and hoteliers… This is truly a dream for someone who loves to travel and continues to dream of traveling to the far corners of the earth. The carbonara episode makes me drool from halfway around the world. I am delighted to have found this podcast and look forward to listening and learning as Erica unlocks and shares these hidden treasures for us to all enjoy! Can’t wait to finally visit frome in the near future!

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