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Carla Capalbo is an award-winning food, wine and travel writer, as well as a photographer, based in Italy for more than 20 years. She writes regularly for magazines and newspapers, including Decanter, BBC Olive, The Independent, World of Fine Wine, Bon Appétit, Departures, Food & Wine. She is a long-time member of Slow Food, the Guild of Food Writers and the Circle of Wine Writers and has won Italy's Luigi Veronelli prize for best foreign food writer. Her articles have been included in anthologies Best Food Writing 2011 and How the British Fell in Love with Food. Carla is a co-organizer of Cook it Raw, an itinerant think tank featuring top international chefs. In 2006, she and designer Robert Myers were awarded a gold medal at the London Chelsea Flower Show for the Costiera dei Fiori garden she produced for the Campania region.

Carla was born in New York City to a theatrical family and brought up in Paris and London. After getting a degree in art history, she made sculpture in London, wrote about design, and later worked in Manhattan as a food and interiors stylist for photography, for clients that included the New York Times. She moved to Italy in 1989 and worked as the Milan correspondent for Vogue Décoration before writing her first cookbooks on Italian food. Her spirit of adventure led her to undertake three personal and detailed guides to the food and wine culture of Italy. The first was The Food and Wine Lover’s Companion to Tuscany which took three years to research and write (Chronicle Books, 1998, shortlisted for Food Book of the Year by the Guild of Food Writers).
Naples book
It was followed by another three-year project: The Food and Wine Guide to Naples and Campania (Pallas Athene, 2005) which was illustrated with her photos. To write it, Carla lived in fishing villages and mountain communities in diverse parts of the large region to meet and write about the many restaurants and small food artisans of Campania. Her most recent book, Collio: Fine Wines and Foods from Italy’s North-east (Pallas Athene, 2009-10) is also richly illustrated; it won the coveted André Simon Award for Best Wine Book 2009. Her other books include Cheeses of the Amalfi Coast and The Ultimate Italian Cookbook. Carla divides her time between Italy, Bordeaux, London and further afield. When she has time, she leads food and wine tours in Italy and France.

Her travelog, Assaggi, has just begun on her newly launched website:

Exterior of the MAD Symposium site in Copenhagen. Credit: Carla Capalbo

It takes guts to pitch a blood-red circus tent on the fringe of Copenhagen for the MAD Symposium and fill it with 600 food

Fresh tomatoes and herbs make the best summer pasta sauce. Credit: Carla Capalbo

The fastest, easiest and (in my opinion) most delicious summer pasta sauce is raw, takes 5 minutes to prepare, and only calls for three

Mouton Rothschild’s new vinification cellar is reflected in a giant mirror. Credit: Carla Capalbo

It was a party in high style, held at the legendary Château Mouton Rothschild. To attend it, over 600 guests -- including 350 international

Chefs Elena Arzak, Nadia Santini and Bo Songvisava celebrate.

The cream of the culinary crème was in London to attend the annual San Pellegrino World's 50 Best Restaurants Awards and find out whether


It's 9 a.m., and I've just been poured five glasses of inky purple wine from bottles labeled only with question marks. It's primeur time

Romeo Colzi cuts a freshly grilled T-bone for serving at Trattoria Mario

"Don't ask for your T-bone steak well done!" The sign, handwritten on ocher butcher's-block paper, makes me smile. Nothing has changed at Trattoria Mario

Steamed dumplings at Lung King Heen, Hong Kong

It's 4:50 a.m. and I'm standing on a still-darkened street corner in an unpromising part of Hong Kong with a handful of elderly Chinese


Whenever I'm in Pisa, on the Tuscan coast, I stop in to see Paul De Bondt, one of the world's top chocolate artisans. He