Paola Maggiulli is an Italian food/recipe writer, cook, teacher and presenter.
In a villa in the Tuscany hills in Italy Lisa and Anglo-Italian food writer, cook and presenter Paola Maggiulli, aka The Tiny Italian have spent the day exploring Siena. Paola was brought up in London with a South American mother and Italian father and spent most of her childhood in the family delicatessen in London’s Battersea. She’s diced with danger in Colombia, travelled the length of Italy to find the best regional dishes and has a burgeoning TV career including appearances on ITV’s The Big Audition and Channel 4’s Cooking up a Fortune. Lisa and Paola travelled to the Mansalto Estate in Tuscany Italy courtesy of Bookings For You, specialists in luxury villas and apartments across Italy and France. On this episode we cover:   The Mansalto estate in the hills of Tuscany Monte San Savino Surrounded by vineyards and olive groves in a luxury old farmhouse Having a Paula Yates moment The first Big Travel Podcast in pyjamas Paola Maggiulli the Tiny Italian Being from Italy, Colombia, Battersea and Essex Paola’s recent appearance on Chanel 4’s Cooking Up a Fortune The deli in Battersea the family had for 20 years An old school ‘salumeria’; salamis hanging off the wall Every single cheese you can imagine, wines, olive oils, fresh pasta Feeding the community for over 20 years Seeing the community kids grow up Her dad coming from Puglia Putting his love into the deli and people around him Gentrification, business rates and rents pushing local businesses out Paola feeling that something huge was going to be missing out of their lives Starting with selling things out of a fridge on North Cote Road Being ‘a curvy girl’ and looking very Italian Lisa and Paola doing nothing but talking about food and eating for two days The cooking class experience (Cooking in Florence) that even Lisa managed Spreading passion about food Great chefs that can make things look pretty Encouraging the less confident people to cook Food and cooking can be as easy as you want it to be Paola leaving a career in fashion to cook Cooking being a great way for people to de-stress Good home-cooking being able health, nutrition and family values Her Columbian mother and Italian father meeting in the White Hart Pub in Enfield Her dad taking three girls out but picking her mum Slow dancing to Spandau Ballet Regular trips to Colombia as a child Being chaperoned around Colombia due to the risk of kidnap Narcos on Netflix making everything make sense Colombians working to live so they can party on the weekend Being a shy child brought out by salsa parties with cousins Since the day she was born going to Italy every summer Her parents working three jobs to afford trips home The long trip by train every summer to Italy – due to her Dad’s fear of flying Her Nonna’s funeral being the catalyst for her father to finally fly Quitting her career in fashion after 15 years Spending four months travelling all the Italian regions to eat Being a London girl and wanting to travel to Italian cities Learning the dishes in Naples, Rome, Perugia, Florence, Genoa, Milan and Torino Every single region having vastly different cooking and food “Italian food does not exist" Italy only unified in the late 19th century Being invaded by everyone who left their own traditions Her most stand-out meal in the old Jewish quarter in Rome ‘Cuccina povra’ poor man’s food using every part of an animal Tonnerelli a la gricca – pork cheek carbonara Rome’s four pastas Lisa’s long lost artichoke restaurant in Rome – can you find it? ‘Slumming it’ in Cuba in Casa Particulares Loving nothing more than hanging out with the locals The strong-faced, bleach-haired AirBnB owner who gives the best parties Neapolitan women being strong and ‘owning the streets’ Lisa and Paola both having a stand out story involving a salsa guy in Trinidad in Cuba Do Cuba chop people’s hands off?! How a salsa dancing man is so sexy Salsa lessons on the rooftop amongst billowing sheets at sunset Poverty and happiness in Havana Coming across the aftermath of guerrilla shooting outside Bogota age 14 Having to hide out in a local house Not being allowed to talk in taxis, wear jewellery or attract attention due to fear of kidnapping Colombia having dramatically changed The country being very popular with instragrammers Colombia being about emeralds, coffee, orchids and the best parties in the world Working in fashion in New York The brilliance of Philadelphia – the food scene, the music scene and more American Italian food being very different to actual Italian food Italian Americans being extremely proud of their heritage Fascinated how immigrants choose to embrace or otherwise their home culture The brilliant press trip with Bookings for You in Mansalto Paola’s top tips for Italian food in New York ‘Eataly’ Italian food supermarket Brooklyn’s being more youthful and creative than Manhattan Eating the most incredible Chinese food in Queens Lisa going to Harlem for the first time Paola recommending soul food in Sylvia’s in Harlem Paola’s Sopranos moment in a mob-style joint in Little Italy Old school 70s and 80s salsa              
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City of London, England, United Kingdom
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42 minutes, 26 seconds
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