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Paola Marocchi

Paola Marocchi is a NYC-based pastry chef who has worked for some of the world’s most acclaimed chefs and restaurant groups. Her passion for Italian food was ignited from early childhood, growing up in an Argentinian household of Italian background that valued all things homemade and food as the main guest in any celebration. In her free time, she travels all over Italy mingling with locals and sharing in the culture, food, language and love for all things Italian.

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Gran Caffè Gambrinus in Naples is Indeed Grand

Our contributor endures the crowded bar at Gran Caffè Gambrinus for a specialty coffee and a slice of the chaos that defines Naples.

May 23, 2024

The Story of Maria Grammatico, from Poverty to Sicilian Pastry Icon

Our contributor shares the inspiring story of Maria Grammatico, the owner of a legendary Sicilian pasticceria.

April 5, 2024

Where to Get Your Easter Desserts in NYC or Shipped Nationwide

Our pastry chef contributor shares her favorite NYC spots for Easter desserts that can be shipped nationwide.

March 12, 2024

A Pastry Chef’s Italian Pantry

A pastry chef and Appetito contributor shares the Italian delicacies she keeps in her pantry for snacking or last-minute desserts.

March 4, 2024

Caffè Pedrocchi is One of Many Reasons to Visit Padua

Our contributor describes the beauty of Padua, a neighbor of Venice, and the delights to be found in historic Caffé Pedrocchi.

February 20, 2024

Extra Virgin Olive Oil Even Works in Cake!

Our contributor shares a recipe for an olive oil cake that uses the ubiquitous Italian ingredient in sweet offering.

February 19, 2024

When Olive Oil Met Coffee, a Love Story at Starbucks

Our correspondent is more than pleasantly surprised by the marriage of extra virgin olive oil and coffee at Starbucks.

February 7, 2024

The Joy of Gelato in its Birthplace of Florence

Our contributor shares the details of her love affair with Florence and especially the gelato at her favorite shop.

February 1, 2024

Heaven Is a Place on Earth Called Tropea

Once voted "the most beautiful village in Italy," Tropea stuns with exquisite views and world-class beaches. Here's what to know about this under-the-radar destination.

January 8, 2024