Simply Italian

Simply Italian

Cooking at Home with the Chiappa Sisters


The very best of Italian cooking with Michela, Romina and Emanuela in Simply Italian.

Wales and Italy, family and food: for us, these four things are inextricably linked and at the root of our upbringing. Whether at the family home in Wales or when we spend holidays in the small hilltop village we are from in northern Italy, we have always heard Dad say that 'la tavola' (the table) is the central focus of our lives. It's where we cook, eat and socialise as a family.'

Michela, Emanuela and Romina Chiappa grew up in Wales in the heart of a close-knit Italian community where food was always at the centre of family and social gatherings. Whether searching for porcini in the hills near their parents' home, or making pasta for Christmas Eve with the whole family, to sharing food at the annual Welsh-Italian summer picnic, the three sisters have been immersed in the Italian way of cooking all their lives.

In their first cookbook they share their cherished family recipes, including all the pasta dishes recently seen in their Channel 4 series Simply Italian. From snacks, soups and salads, to mains, side dishes and desserts, Simply Italian brings you good, simple, fresh Italian food.

Michela works as an agent in a sports management company, as well running a coffee and pizza café in Cardiff with her husband. Of the sisters, she's the risotto expert and also loves to make pasta sauces.
Romina works for a luxury fashion brand is London, and loves to bake for friends and family.
Emanuela runs an online business selling bespoke homemade gifts for children, and works as a nanny. She loves to cook time-consuming meals and entertain large groups.

About the authors

Michela Chiappa

The mother of two young girls, Michela has become an expert in quick dinner fixes. She has a keen understanding of what every busy parent needs in order to feed their children quick, healthy meals and how to start the weaning journey successfully without creating picky eaters and understands the importance of providing nutritious meals for all the family - particularly young children. She has been voted one of the UK's top 15 parenting vloggers and is the main presenter of the baby weaning section of Jamie Oliver's online Family Food Tube channel. She is also the author of Simply Italian, published in 2014, and a regular contributor to Grazia magazine. Michela has presented a television series on pasta for Channel 4, and her new show Michela's Tuscan Kitchen is about to air on Foxtel in Australia.
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Emanuela Chiappa

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Romina Chiappa

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