Ciao Bella

Ciao Bella

Italy is the best. Art, Fashion, Food, Design, Innovation, Heritage, you name it, the Bel Paese is built on millennia of creativity and is teaming with innovators. Ciao Bella and host Erica Firpo talks with the creative forces behind Italy today - artists, designers, chefs, experts and aficionados. Cocktail conversations and behind-the-scenes visits that will make you want to pack your bags and go!

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April 12, 2024 52 mins

In an industry where the brightest stars fall the fastest, Campari has been a constant. A landmark of culture and pioneer of innovation, the brand’s trademark location in Milan’s Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II embodies its legacy of quality, family, and, above all, italianità. Erica sits down with Tommaso Cecca, head mixologist of Camparino in Galleria, for a conversation on Campari’s unmatched history, its role in aper...

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Panettone passion, it's a thing. And chef Roy Shvartzapel elevates this passion into a mission to liberate panettone from its Christmas confinement. From his Southern California panettone production ThisisfromRoy, chef Roy is transforming panettone into a perennial pleasure.  Grab a slice as Erica joins Roy to hear his panettone story and how he is making the Italian Christmas cake a year-round vib...

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Palazzo Strozzi is an amazing Renaissance monument, and since the 2006 opening as Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi, it's an destination for blockbuster exhibits with a lean towards contemporary art. In this episode, Erica talks with General Director Arturo Galansino about Palazzo Strozzi, the importance of today's art in Florence, and the mesmerising Fallen Angels show by Anselm Kiefer.

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Davide Bollati, the visionary behind Davines, shares the inspiring journey of transforming haircare to a sustainabiliity pioneer. With a passion for both beauty and environmental consciousness, Davide has redefined industry standards, pioneering eco-friendly practices and natural ingredients. Through his leadership, Davines has become synonymous with innovation, ethics, and social responsibility. J...

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On the heels of her celebrated cookbook, Alpine Cooking, author Meredith Erickson spent six years researching and conjuring a Dolomites-inspired aperitivo. The result is DolaDira, rhubarb  and all natural Alpine ingredients inlcuding gentian and elderflower, plus a gorgeous visual campaign that captivated Erica from its corrugated bottle and vintage typeface. Join Erica and Meredith for a conversation on Alpine aperitivi.

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February 19, 2024 37 mins
For five centuries, the Planeta family has been growing Sicily, Italy's largest island and a land of incredible wine, creativity and legend. Today, the 17-generation dynasty of Planeta is cultural hub of wine, food, contemporary art and hospitality. Travel to Menfi with Erica and meet Francesca Planeta for a conversation on family, winemaking and 360 sustainability.

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February 5, 2024 33 mins
Slow Food, Fast Cars, and an incredible, nourishing culture. Erica welcomes back the fabulous Lara Gilmore to talk Modena.  From the day Lara arrived in the Emilia Romagna city , it has been the source of inspiration for  her.  Lara and Erica catch up on her latest book Slow Food, Fast Cars, stories and recipes from Casa Maria Luigia (the luxury bed-and-breakfast she shares with husband and chef Ma...

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From the outside looking in, there is a lot to be said about Italy, all of which changes when you've had the time to truly immerse yourself in the contemporary Bel Paese. In this episdoe, Ciao Bella production manager Jenna Spray turns the tables and grabs the mic for an interview with Erica and more about deconstructing the myths of Italy.
 

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December 11, 2023 30 mins

If you tell you me you don’t like panettone (aka the Italian Christmas cake), then I’ll tell you that you’ve never had a true, artisanal panettone. This episode is a crazy converstaion about what makes panettone the best, how to eat and why it is iconic. Join Erica with Italy's very best panettone bakers Giovanni Giberti of Pavè Milano, Nicola Olivie...

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Napoli's National Archaeological Museum (MANN) is one of the world’s most important archeological museums in the world and its collection of Ancient Roman artefacts is the very best. Join Erica as she talks with Director Paolo Giulierini about initiatives to bridge the gap between antiquity and modern-day accessibility and education, propelling MANN into a new era of pioneering museum...

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November 27, 2023 51 mins

Caroline Caporossi is a leading social entrepreneur–founder of Modena-based Association for the Integration of Women and Roots,  two community projects she founded with chef Jessica Rosval.  Molded by a social services career in that has spanned two continents, Caroline has made her Modena life all about empowering migrant women in Italy through culinary education and job support. Joi...

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After a chance encounter with Massimo Bottura in Modena, chef Jessica Rosval began Italian culinary journey that began at Osteria Francescana and has led to . recognition as one of the best chefs in Italy. Jessica commands the kitchen at Bottura's award-winning Casa Maria Luigia and is at the helm of CML's newest restaurant Al Gatto Verde. She shares her story on kitchen community and  advocacy for immigrant women in t...

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Atop the historic FIAT factory in Torino's Lingotto neighborhood and on the test track is Torino's latest contemporary art scene. The Agnelli Collection may have started out as 25 Baroque-to-modern masterpieces collected by tycoons Giovanni and Marella Agnelli, but  two decades after its opening, Pinacoteca Agnelli has a new programmatic vision that elevates women in art and maximizes the potential...

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November 6, 2023 56 mins
From the plains of the Midwest to the fashion houses of Milan, designer and creative director Edward Buchanan is a powerhouse whose Bottega Veneta capsule collection vaulted the brand into ready-to-wear luxury accessories success. He's been behind the scenes of Giorgio Armani, Calvin Klein, J.Crew, Bottega Veneta and MaxMara, and designer of his very on Sansovino6. In this episode, Erica and Edward...

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Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudegno is Italy’s Patron Saint of Art,  and everything she does is art inspired. From her multi-thousand piece collection to encouraging young talent, Patrizia is an art world tour de force. Join Erica in Torino for a chat with Patrizia on collecting, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaundengo and Torino, Italy's art scene.

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To be or not to be…what if the pondering was instead, “Being without being”? Super star chef Massimo Bottura’s newest venture confronts that philosophy exactly. Join Erica on the ground at Bottura's latest restaurant Al Gatto Verde in Modena to hear how a painting inspired the chef's out-of-the-box concept–and what you should expect if you make a visit yourself. 

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August 29, 2022 35 mins
Contemporary art may be the last thing that comes to mind when you think of Rome, but gallerist Paulina Bebecka is out to change that.  In this episode, gallerist and director-at-large of the famed Postmasters Gallery, Bebecka joins Erica to talk contemporary art, NFTs, Rome and Italy.
 
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August 22, 2022 40 mins
Erica steps out of Italy and into BRACE, chef Nicola Fanetti's Copenhagen restaurant, where Fanetti shares the similarities between Lombardi country culture and the New Nordic vibes.
 
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August 17, 2022 37 mins
Milan is magical everywhere you walk thanks to Joann Tan, installation artist who has been creating wondrous worlds in the city's most iconic windows for more than two decades. Meet the incredible artist capitvating the sidewalks and showrooms of Italy's fashion capital.
 
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July 25, 2022 25 mins
Lorenzo Lisi dreams in cabernet and pinot noir. Known as the man behind PierLuigi, one of Rome's top restaurants, Lisi is also putting his guests to bed with bottles, vineyards and winemakers  and an enviable wine list at his boutique Hotel dei Ricci. Open your favorite appellation with Erica and Lorenzo.
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