Meet the Team
THE CREATIVE TEAM LOCKED THEMSELVES AWAY in the country-house, La Villa Scatola, in Le Marche, Italy, amidst a sea of sunflowers, sweet rolling hills, traditional food markets and a gamut of Italian ingredients to refine enough recipes to, well, make a book of them. It has taken circa 10 years from conception to (final) version of our first, and flagship product, “That Really Cool Italian Cookbook”.
range from the more traditional (like home-made potato gnocchi) to the more modern and eclectic (prune morsels on apple sauce), from the simplest (strawberries with prosecco) to the slightly more elaborate (Mamma Alda’s roast pork), in the hope of exploiting the book to as wide an audience as possible. We also felt the need to explain, in simple detail, the essential steps when preparing 100% AUTHENTIC ITALIAN CUISINE.
WE ARE 3 Italians & 1 Kiwi (New Zealander, not the bird variety) who discovered that, our talents combined, made for a great creative team. Our collective passions (naturally) produced That Really Cool Italian Cookbook. But we realised that, even with a cookbook in your hands, if you're not a whiz in the kitchen, that book may as well be written in hieroglyphics. So we decided to make it more of an entertaining manual, where everyone, from true novice to the more experienced can enjoy the fruits of our labours, helped every step of the way by 4 characters:
Clockwise from Left (in top photo):
Alda Paris - Chic Casalinga. Humble is a good way to begin to describe Alda. She's the "casalinga" (that's Italian for housewife) of a bygone era. And she's the main font of the recipes in this book. Her flans flan, her souffle's souf, her roasts rock and her minestrone's are mines of goodness. Many years of refining her dishes and modernising traditional Italian cooking techniques are the result of a family's passion for food. With her continuously creating & re-creating wholesome dishes it was only logical that we write a book detailing her culinary achievements. She openly admits she prefers the simple life — that is, apart from taking part in the rescue team in Abbruzzo, Italy, after a bout of disastrous earthquakes. And how did she help? In the kitchen of course! Feeding thousands of people who had just lost their homes. And you just might catch her swooshing past on the slopes of the Ital/Austrian Alps like a pro skier - hey, she is the Chic Casalinga, after all.
Irene Pisani - Pin-Up Artist If you want to see humour, passion & joy on canvas this is your girl! Irene, the "mysteriously gorgeous Pin-Up Artist" has always been devoted to two of her greatest passions: art & food. Dedicating herself to designing, painting & creating with any material that has ever found its way into her hands, lead her graduating (with Honours) from the Academy of Fine Arts, Naples. Driven by her natural versatility, her efforts have extended her to the role of puppeteer in "Fattoria degli Animale" (Animal Farm), which toured the best theatres throughout Italy. As a painter, Irene has had the joy of exhibiting both collectively with other up-and-coming artists, and personally with her own private exhibitions.
Livio Salvi - Visionary Cook From an early age Livio has known exactly what goes into creating an authentic Italian meal. He's enjoyed many years in the spotlight within the entertainment industry and has strutted his stuff for 1.2 million fans in front of the Brundenburger Tor , Berlin, with the pop-group 'ATC (A Touch of Class). The group went on to take the record for most radio plays from the previous holder, Madonna. With numerous European & trans-Atlantic music awards under his belt, he's travelled the world performing & exploring what it is he truly appreciates: art, culture & food! Appreciating that the Italian cuisine in general is practically THE most loved & sort after of culinary delights, he's shared his wealth of knowledge with friends all over the world.
Joseph Murray - Taster Scribe has been tasting & scribing in Italy for several years now. He is also of the thespian world, having performed across the world's stages & screens for more than 2 decades now. But perhaps the one thing that qualifies Joseph as Taster-Scribe is that he knows good Italian food! New Zealand born, he's lived (& worked) in 5 countries over the last 20-odd years, with 9 of them spent commuting between Rome & his country house in Le Marche, Italy. He's travelled the length of Italy, often spending months at a time in different towns & cities. "The Venetians will open their arms to you only once you've been there at least 3 months. The Neapolitans can't wait to take you to their world-renowned pizzerias. The Bergamaschi will boast that theirs is the best polenta ever. And everyone will share "la dolce vita" (the good life) with you!" What's not to love?