There's no doubt that mouthwatering Italian dishes such as pizza, pasta and risotto have a great part to play in celebrities such as George Clooney, Madonna, Donatella Versace and Sir Richard Branson all choosing to have holiday homes in Italy.
Italian food has won itself world-wide fame – thousands of tourists flock to the boot-shaped Mediterranean country every year, as well as to Italian restaurants all over the world. And Julia Roberts had viewers reaching for their passports when they watched her taste the delights of Rome in hit film Eat Pray Love.
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To prove that you needn't go too far to taste a sublime Italian dish, HELLO! Online have tried and tested the new cookbook by stars of the Channel 4 series Simply Italian, the Chiappa sisters.
Showcasing the very best Italian home-cooking from the Welsh Valleys with their very own cherished family recipes, the trio share Italian favourites like raviolo with an oozy egg, smoked salmon and griddled asparagus, a pizza for the family and seafood risotto.
A family pizza from the Chiappa sisters
The sisters, born in Wales to father Graziano, originally from the Parma region of Italy, and mother Paola, from near Piacenza in the Emilia Romagna region, also offer home-made healthy soups and salads as well as classic Italian desserts.