Carla Capalbo is a food, wine and travel writer with numerous publications to her credit. Her work as journalist, photographer, cookbook author, editor and stylist on both sides of the Atlantic spans over twenty-five years and stands out for its distinctive flair and sophistication.
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). That was followed by The Food and Wine Guide to Naples and Campania, an equally long and involved project that took her to the south of Italy for three years. This book was illustrated with hundreds of her photographs and won a coveted Gourmand international award. Carla’s latest book, on the Collio winemaking region of Italy, won the André Simon Memorial Award for Best Wine Book 2009, and was a finalist for a Le Cordon Bleu World Food Media Award, 2010.
Carla is a member of the British Guild of Food Writers, the Circle of Wine Writers and of Slow Food. Her photographs of Italian food and its makers are widely published. Carla was a co-organizer of Cook it Raw, an itinerant think tank featuring top international chefs.
She divides her time between Italy, London, Bordeaux, New York and the rest of the world.
In 2006, she organized the creation of a Campania garden at the Chelsea Flower Show, London; it won a gold medal and was visited by the Queen. In 2007, she was awarded the Luigi Veronelli Award for Best Wine and Food Writer in Italy in a foreign language, and the Premio Attems for her writing about Friuli in Decanter Magazine.
Carla contributes regularly to Decanter, Zester Daily, and numerous other publications internationally. Her articles have been included in many anthologies, including Best Food Writing 2010, and How the British Fell in Love with Food.
Her consultancy work includes projects for the Campania and Friuli Regions, for the European Parliament Agriculture sector and for prestigious British food retailers. Carla runs private food tours in various regions of Italy and France, and has worked with Martin Randall Travel, the prize-winning travel operator. She is currently lending her expertise on Italian food to a British group specializing in Italian restaurants.