Welcome Y’all! I’m Paula, the recipe developer, food stylist, food photographer, writer, editor, and chief dishwasher behind the blog.

I started my blog in 2009 as a place to share my recipes with my friends and family. To be honest, I almost fainted the first time I received a comment from a NON family member. I never dreamed it would turn into a full time job that I ADORE as well as being featured on sites such as: SAVEURCNN’s EATOCRACY, THE COOKING CHANNEL, and THE WASHINGTON POST just to name a few. As well as being a contributing writer on sites such as: PAULA DEEN, BETTY CROCKER, DISNEY’S BABBLE, and THE MUSHROOM CHANNEL.

It’s been an exciting journey and I am continuing to learn (and occasionally burn things) every day. Which brings me to tell you that I’m NOT a professional chef, no, I am just someone who loves to cook – A LOT. I’m passionate about food. From how it’s grown, to the people who grow it (thank a farmer), to how to it’s processed, how to properly store it (did I mention I’m a food nerd), to different cooking techniques.

I love ALL kinds of foods (and cook all types of foods) but Italian food will always be THE ONE for me. I lived in Northern Italy growing up (yes I speak Italian).  It’s where I learned to appreciate food and cooking. Italian food is about simple, quality ingredients that are combined with love.

Today the blog has evolved to share more than my beloved Italian food. You can find recipes in the TASTE section from all around, places and faces that I’ve visited in my TRAVEL section (I’m not always in the kitchen) and things like: gardening, DIY crafts, home improvements and more in the (catch all)  KITCHEN SINK tab.

If you’re interested in reaching me, drop me an email at paula (@) bellalimento.com or connect with me on TWITTER, FACEBOOK or INSTAGRAM




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    Joan Schmelzle /

    Is there any way to get rid of the twitter, facebook, etc. symbols on the left side of the recipe that make it a pain to read easily? They cover part of the recipe during scrolling so it takes more time.
    Thank you

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    Your website is a treasure trove of wonderful memories. We were stationed in Aviano the same time your father was and I believe you know my daughter, Claudia. I would love to see an authentic recipe for aranchini (rice balls).

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    Che bel sito! Complimenti!

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    Hi Paula

    Here is a link to my Nutella recipe for the challenge. I had fun coming up with this recipe. I had never eaten Nutella before.


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    Hi.. I got your link from mymelange.net. He has a list of the best of Italian food blogs. And yes, your blog is interesting! I was in Italy last year, after attending the Anuga -Food Tech – Cologne. And I agree to what you say; Italian Food is simple and beautiful. Do pay us visit if you are ever interested in Indian food pics.

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    Ma che bello! Altre ricette italiane in inglese! Fantastic job!!!!

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    Fabulous site Paula! Love it! I would love to feature a recipe or two of yours on my site, http://www.canigettherecipe.com with ull credits and links back to you. Please email me to let me know if you are keen!

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    Well… Hello from Italy, then! It’s always nice “knowing” someone who loves Italy (and Italian cuisine… but this is easy, I think) so much!

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    Wow! What a fantastic food blog, I can’t believe I just found it. I love Italian food, I spent some time there as a teenager and although I live closer than ever now (in Madrid) it’s been awhile so I basically experience Italy by food these days! Anyway, thanks for the lovely recipes and pictures!

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    Conniel /

    Love your website and recipes truly italian . This year it was my house as usual to fo the traditionalXmas eve dinner. I actually stumbled (iterally) onto your web page and just loved it,easy yet elegant. I did your fruit di mare linguine pasta and dessert tiramisui and both turned out amazing . I love cooking Italian dishes, I too have visited Italy, my parents are both from Italy,and when I finally got to visit Italy, they are from naples and the amalfi coast, I feel in love with italy and did not want to come back home. Well anyway love again your website and recipes

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    I adore your about me section paula!! So cute 🙂 I’d love to get together over a cappuccino or some caprese sometime here in good ol’ raleigh… I used to live in Italy too but only for a semester abroad (sadly) but I did live with a host family and loved every minute of it! I miss Italy so so so much… When I came back I always said I was “Rome Sick”…like Italian for homesick LOL (I’m a dork oopsies)… Anyway, I adore your blog and all of your authentic Italian stuff because, YES, it’s the best stuff in the world. E anch’io parlo un po d’italiano 😉

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    Hi Paula, I have just discovered your blog, I am sooo happy to see another english blog about italian cuisine. I have recently started my own food blog about Southern Italian cuisine, I come from Napoli and I will be very glad to flow your blog and maybe share with you our recipes.
    Have a look at my blog if you wish http://www.valuskitchen.com ciao e a presto

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    Hi Paula! I am so happy to have discovered your food blog! I love Italian food… ok, I love all food and can’t wait to try out some of your recipes. PS – love all the beautifully styled pictures, too!


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