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Direct from Italy! Follow the adventures of two Americans running a villa in Puglia, Italy, and learn all about Italian the culture, people, food and fun. Every week, we’ll share our lives with you and what life in Italy is really like especially for two Americans. From Italian recipes to travel in Italy to interviews with others who share the same Italian spirit, we’ll cover it all. So come along for the ride and discover that life is better when you put a little Italian into it.

Direct from Italy! Follow the adventures of two Americans running a villa in Puglia, Italy, and learn all about Italian the culture, people, food and fun. Every week, we’ll share our lives with you and what life in Italy is really like especially for two Americans. From Italian recipes to travel in Italy to interviews with others who share the same Italian spirit, we’ll cover it all. So come along for the ride and discover that life is better when you put a little Italian into it.
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Direct from Italy! Follow the adventures of two Americans running a villa in Puglia, Italy, and learn all about Italian the culture, people, food and fun. Every week, we’ll share our lives with you and what life in Italy is really like especially for two Americans. From Italian recipes to travel in Italy to interviews with others who share the same Italian spirit, we’ll cover it all. So come along for the ride and discover that life is better when you put a little Italian into it.

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060: Italian Villa Projects

3/22/2019
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In this podcast, we catch you up on the projects we’ve been doing at the villa during our “off time” without guests. From major new interviews to unexpected construction, we’ve had a lot going on. Topics we cover: • Paul’s interview on CBS Sunday Morning about olive blight in southern Puglia that is destroying a lot of olive trees • Here are some excerpts from the written story: Olive trees don't just dot the landscape in Puglia, Italy; they define it. They are so important here,...

Duration:00:29:18

The Top 10 reasons to book an Italian villa for your next celebration

1/26/2019
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Have a big milestone birthday coming up? Or perhaps an anniversary? Perhaps you’re just looking to travel with a large group of family and friends. Then booking a villa in Italy might is the perfect way to celebrate with family and friends. Here are just a few of the reasons you should book an Italian villa now! 1. It’s more affordable than you think When you stay in a villa in Italy, it will feel like you’re living in luxury, but it’s very affordable. Definitely more affordable...

Duration:00:35:29

058: Real News, Fake Food

12/1/2018
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In this podcast, we take a dive into the culinary world and explore where there is a lot of “fake food” out there. From doctored extra virgin olive oils and grated cheese to wine and balsamic vinegar, we give you the real news on fake food. Topics we cover: • How we’ve had a few podcast fans visit this year, including Kendra and her new business: www.vida.wine • How often we don’t realize the wool is being pulled over our eyes in regards to food. Here’s a list. Do you have others? ...

Duration:00:57:15

057: It's Not Only Rock 'n' Roll

11/9/2018
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We move outdoors to sit among the olive trees for our second part of our interview with rock ’n’ roll royalty Jenny Boyd. We talk music, creativity, and her book It’s Not Only Rock ’n’ Roll. Topics we cover: • We talk about Jenny’s second husband • The British invasion • How Brits saw America a land of opportunity • What musicians drive was during the creative process, what they experience when writing a son • What part drugs and alcohol played in the creative process • If they...

Duration:00:42:56

056: Jenny Boyd "Rock 'n' Roll Nobility"

9/19/2018
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We are finally back after a very very very busy summer. But we couldn't resist making some time to sit down with one of our guests, Jenny Boyd, and talk to her about creative and music and her book It's Not Only Rock 'n' Roll. Topics we cover: • We introduce Jenny Boyd, a recent guest at Villa Cappelli • She wrote the book It’s Not Only Rock and Roll Click here to get a copy. • How Paul grew up with the music Jenny had a first-hand account of this music • How Jenny is a part of...

Duration:01:00:57

055: Spring in Puglia

3/22/2018
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Another quick catchup episode, talking about spring in Puglia, our new dogs, our spring projects, and other odds and ends of life in our villa in Puglia, Italy. Topics we cover: • How we lost our dog Orso recently • And how we decided to get some new puppies • Mina came to us from a farm in the Mugia • Mina is a girl, which is what Paul wanted • Mina is also a Maremmano, here’s a little about that breed: - An Abruzzo sheepdog - Used for centuries by Italian shepherds to guard...

Duration:00:35:44

054: Catch-Up Italian Style

12/3/2017
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After a long hiatus (we were super, super busy), we are back with a podcast catching you up on everything that’s been happening since we last broadcast. Have a subject you’d like us to cover, let us know in the comments. Topics we cover: • Our experience being actors in August [caption id="attachment_2164" align="alignleft" width="225"] Our ugly beards![/caption] • How we had to grow our beards out in the middle of a heatwave in August • Our experience on set and the characters we...

Duration:00:37:59

053B: Bonus, Eat Happy Sweepstakes

9/9/2017
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If you're seeing this before September 9, 2017, you're in luck and can still enter our amazing Eat Happy Sweepstakes! Just click here to enter If you're seeing this after the fact, please sign up for our mailing list on the right or below this post so you can be notified when we have another sweepstakes! Below is the list of prizes and sales copy if you are interested. Win over $700 in Italian Extra Virgin Olive Oil, food, and cookbooks! Prizes include: Eat Happy Why are we doing...

Duration:00:04:42

053: 21 Things Italians Do Better

8/20/2017
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What do we think Italians do better than anyone? Find out in our list below. But first, a couple of notes. While some of you finding this post will read through this as a blog post, please note these are podcast show notes where Paul and Steven discuss their thoughts on the 21 Things Italians Do Better. So hopefully you’ll listen to the podcast as well, so any nuances come through. Also note, when we say Italians, we mean Italians living in Italy. Not Italian-Americans. While a lot of...

Duration:00:48:31

052: Small Town Italian Politics

7/2/2017
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In this episode, we catch up with some renovations happening at the villa and Paul’s adventure in local small town Italian politics. Topics we cover: • How we added three new bathrooms upstairs • How we saved a lot of time and money by using existing sewer pipes instead of adding in new ones and new construction to our first floor • How Paul loves using Farrow & Ball paints • Paul’s explanation between dyes and pigments • Impressionist paintings • One villa guest who stayed with us,...

Duration:00:39:12

051: The Olives and the Grapes, an interview with Kenny White

4/13/2017
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Kenny White — the pianist, singer/songwriter, producer and arranger — has been in the NYC recording scene for decades. And lucky for us, he recently blessed us with a concert at Villa Cappelli. So we took the time to sit down and get his thoughts on the current music scene, his creative process, and even play a few songs. Topics we cover: • How Paul and Kenny met in the advertising business • The Coke commercial that Paul and Kenny worked on: • How Paul wanted a 60 piece orchestra for...

Duration:00:54:30

050: Preparing Asparagus — hunting, buying, and cooking

3/17/2017
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In this podcast, you’ll learn all about Paul’s hunt for wild asparagus, some tips on how to cook asparagus, and what to look for when buying it in the store. Topics we cover: • How much wild asparagus Paul as been picking • Why Paul goes picking on Thursdays • Two ways to cook the asparagus If you steam them or use a “wet cooking method,” they will taste more “green” and grassy While if you roast them or use a “dry cooking method,” they will take more “meaty” • How you can...

Duration:00:21:16

049: 15 Strange Things Italians Do

2/22/2017
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To start with, this should probably have a major subhead: "15 Strange Things Italians Do that are strange to Americans." Because I'm sure they are not strange to any Italian or even other parts of the world. But to two Americans, these are a few of the weird things we've noticed Italians do. Know any others? Let us know in the comments. And don't forget to share this with family and friends who might get a kick out of it. 1. They don't wear seatbelts or use baby seats Not sure if this is...

Duration:00:35:11

048: Villa Cappelli Guest Chef

2/5/2017
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After a long hiatus, we are back to give you updates on happenings at the villa from record snow storms to our latest guests. But most importantly, the amazing experience we had — and hope to continue to have — with a guest chef at Villa Cappelli. Facebook group Villa Cappelli Guest Chef Invented in 1941 in Mexico, when one afternoon, a bartender made a special cocktail for Margarita Henkel, the daughter of the German ambassador. Includes tequila, triple sec homemade lime juice, homemade...

Duration:00:34:16

047: International Nomads Austin and Geneva

12/5/2016
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Enjoy our interview with our recent guests 10-year-old Geneva and her father Austin, who are traveling the world together. Topics we cover: http://www.homeschool.com/ https://ww2.kqed.org/mindshift/2014/06/17/guide-to-the-best-homeschooling-and-unschooling-resources/ Follow Austin and Geneva on Facebook at PeterTink. Follow them on Instagram here at https://www.instagram.com/2nomadic/ Here's the Pinky and the Brain opening video we mentioned.

Duration:00:44:33

046: The Best Italian Culinary Tour

10/22/2016
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There are all kinds of Italian Culinary Tours, but we like to think ours is pretty special — that's why I can say "best" because it's ours. So Paul and I fire up the mics to talk about our Culture and Culinary Tour (better name perhaps to be determined). Topics we cover: What's that over my head on the rocks??? #puglia #villacappelli #gotyourgoat #altamurgia A photo posted by Italian Lifestyle Gurus (@villacappelli) on Oct 14, 2016 at 7:11am PDT head here...

Duration:00:30:50

045: Non Stereotypical Italian Music with Michael Hynes

9/5/2016
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At Villa Cappelli, we often surround ourselves with stereotypical Italian music like pizzica or Neopolitan classics, but when guest Michael Hynes visited, we were entertained with the likes of Elton John, Billy Joel and more! It was another magical moment with our guests, and hopefully, the podcast captures even just a little bit of that. Vegemite Here is Leonard's version, but dare I say I like Michael's better? Here are the lyrics for those die-hard fans: "Hallelujah" Now I've heard...

Duration:00:50:24

044: The Amalfi Coastline

7/25/2016
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Join us on a trip to the Amalfi Coastline, arguably one of the most beautiful places in the world. Learn what we think were definitely the highlights you shouldn't miss. Topics we cover: Here's one site for thatThe Emerald GrottoPriainoanother podcastThis link will give your more info on him FuroreLa Locanda del FuroreRavelloVilla Cimbronea photo tour hereKilling Me Softly Steven enjoying the boat ride Paul relaxing in the boat Paul taking a dip in the blue water The church in...

Duration:00:50:00

043: Eat Happy with Anna Vocino

7/15/2016
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Anna joins us again for another fun podcast, featuring an amazing day of food shopping with Paul, a delicious lunch, and a fun discussion about her new cookbook Eat Happy. stracciatellacaseificio aperitif and digestifEat Happy: Gluten Free, Grain Free, Low Carb Recipes For A Joyful Life - Anything with zucchini noodles made with Paderno spiralizer - Butternut squash cauliflower rice - Low-carb pizza crust - Pistachio crusted salmon - Sausage zucchini bake - Bacon...

Duration:00:41:36

042: Orecchiette with broccoli rabe

6/26/2016
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Topics we cover: cime di rape Cooking ApiciusPortnoy's Complaint Orecchiette It's a traditional Puglia pasta whose name translates to "little ears" though the shape, as you can see, is more like little hats. Not only it is good with broccoli rabe, but the shape is great with ragu and hearty meat sauces to help scoop up the sauce. Also spelled raab, and sometimes called rapini or broccoletti. In Puglia, it's called cime di rape. It is a cool season crop, so you find it in late...

Duration:00:38:47