21st October 2015 There were some unusual visitors hanging around at the Antica Friggitoria in Livorno market yesterday morning: a small film crew from the Fresh One Productions TV station, one of Jamie Oliver’s babes, in Livorno with Italian-Welsh celebrity chef Michela Chiappa to find out about street food and discovering Scagliozzi (freshly deep-fried pieces of crisp polenta) as a great takeaway snack. The crew were filming for a TV series called “A Simply Italian Adventure with Michela Chiappa” for BBC Worldwide.
Michela Chiappa is one of three sisters brought up in Merthyr Tydfil in the Welsh valleys by Italian parents from the Emilia Romagna region. Her television series ‘Simply Italian’ began on Channel 4 in 2012. Although she is not a trained chef, Michela’s home-cooking skills learnt from her Italian grandmother, combined with her glamorous looks, quickly brought her popularity on British TV.
I am not allowed to publish any photos of the filming, so instead, here is a shot of the friendly staff at Davide and Luigi Rainone's popular shop in Livorno market, which, incidentally, currently ranks number one on Tripadvisor for ‘ Places to Eat’ in Livorno!