Bella Cibo’s Italy Food Tour

Come to Italy with me in May 2020 to discover how gorgeous my country is and experience how to live the Italian Dolce Vita.

Hi, my name’s Marzia, Award Winner and Creator of Bella Cibo’s Kitchen. I recently decided to make one of my dreams come true : to bring some of my clients and Italy lovers to Italy, the most iconic Destination for travellers, and show them how gorgeous it is with my eyes.

The trip is going to be spectacular, we will start in the North, in the amazing Valley where I grew up Valtellina, we will go to Teglio for Pizzocheri Class, we will visit Como Lake and travel by train to Bologna to discover all their specialty to finish off to Naples, where I was born, and of course touring the Amalfi Coast.The most important thing about this amazing trip is that we will experience Italian Culture and You will have a connection with the food that you are going to eat! It will be Unforgettable.

Thank you to Monica’s Vacation Creation to help me out with this journey, here her website https://www.monicasvacationcreations.ca/Any travel questions please email her or marzia@bellacibo.ca

Price is $ 4190.00 per person (based on double occupancy) and Includes:

  • Accommodations
  • Transportation
  • All the breakfast
  • 2 cooking classes
  • Dinner with my mom
  • 7 meals ( including the 2 cooking classes)
  • Gelato by Como Lake
  • Not Included:
    • airfare
    • Anything not mentioned in the Included list
  • Raspberries Jam

    Homemade jam is a real treat, incomparable to the one you buy in stores. I learned to make jam from my mother-in-law last year, exactly the day before she went to the hospital and then never came back. He was very keen on passing on this recipe because it is one of those delights that my husband (his son) loves. For the creation of this jam we used raspberries from our garden, the result was exceptional. Last week, for Canada Day Long Weekend, I decided to make raspberry jam, just like the year before; I was very satisfied with the result, certainly not as special as my mother-in-law’s but it’s ok, I will get there eventually.

    Ingredients:

    • 1 kg raspberries

    • 500 grams of sugar

    • Half a lemon juice

    • Half an apple cut into small pieces

    • sprinkle of love

    Method:

    • Clean the raspberries. Put them in a saucepan with the sugar and lemon juice, mix everything gently and add the apple.

    • Bring to a boil and froth very carefully. Continue cooking, stirring with a wooden spoon for about an hour. The jam is ready when pouring a few drops on a cold plate, it solidifies forming a pearl, if it is not ready continue cooking a little bit more.

    • What is very important when making jams, or any type of preserves, is the sterilization of the jars and always use new lids. I sterilize the jars by boiling them for 30 minutes in a pot of water

    • Pour the jam into the sterilized jars and close them immediately and turn them upside down. Enjoy your jam on a piece of bread or use it with any dessert. I like to warm it up and add it to my Panna Cotta or my favourite is Crostata with Jam.

    Bella Cibo’s Cooking class on JoyTv

    In March I had the honour to have Dean Atwel from JoyTv here in my kitchen to film one of my Gnocchi cooking class! It was really an amazing experience and I really wish I can inspire more people with my cooking and my love for Italian Culture!

    Below the YouTube link to watch the video from JoyTv, let me know what do you think, your comment is appreciate it.

    Crostata/ Italian Jam Pie

    Crostata/ Italian jam Pie is one of the most popular desserts in Italy. It’ s a classic nonna’s dessert, every nonna has a personal recipe, full if secrets and lots of love.

    The recipe that I want to share with with today belongs to my dear mother in law, my kids grandma, that recently passed from a terrible desiese. This was the cake that she used to make for me at all my birthday, any family celebration and every time I asked for it.

    Thinking about this marvellous cake, I still remember 10 years ago in one of my trip to Italy from Vancouver, my mother in law decided to make me a Crostata for the trip, just to make my trip a little bit sweeter ( i was traveling with small kids). The trip was definitely sweeter, her Crostata was very popular on the plain, in fact all the hostesses loved it and even my sister was lucky enough to try a piece! For this recipe I use homemade jam, but you can use whatever you prefer and whatever you have available!

    Ingredients:

    • 300 grams flour
    • 120 grams sugar
    • 120 grams butter at room temperature
    • 1 egg
    • 1 yolk
    • Lemon zest
    • 2 Teaspoon of baking powder
    • Lemon zest
    • A pinch of salt
    • A sprinkle of love
    • Small jar of jam

    Method:

    • In a bowl mix the flour, the sugar and the pinch of salt, make a hole, and add the butter at room temperature cut in pieces, add the eggs, the lemon zest and the baking powder.
    • Mix very well until the dough is nice and smooth.
    • Put it in the fridge for 1 hour covered with plastic.
    • Get your 12 inch round pan buttered and turn the oven on at  350.
    • Roll the dough out to about ¼ and ½ inch thick without working it too much. I suggest covering the dough with plastic wrap so it won’t stick on your rolling pin.
    • Set the dough on your pan, remembering to leave a small piece for the strips.
    • Spread the jam on the dough and reroll the pieces for the strips or hearts or stars! Whatever you prefer.
    • Put the strips on the jam the way that you like.
    • Bake the crostata for 30/40 minutes or until is nice and brown.
    • Do not over bake otherwise it will become hard like a rock.
    • Buon Appetito.

     

    Bella Cibo’s Story

    Hello friends, welcome to my website, I just want to give you a personal info about me and why Im passionate about cooking and Italian Culture and Italian Cuisine.
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    Ciao I’ m Mamma Marzia, an authentic Italian Mamma! I was born in Naples but I grew up in North Italy in a beautiful Valley called Valtellina!
    I’m happily married with the love of my life and I have 2 children and we live in Langley.
    I moved here 15 years ago to follow the love of my life.
    Growing up in Italy gave me the opportunity to learn about Italian Cuisine, Italian Tradition and Italian Culture! I’m a truly believer that in the kitchen you build the best memories! Italian Food Culture and Tradition are simply amazing and my goal is to share them here in Canada with the Canadian Family!

    Six years ago I decided to say yes to one of my dear friend that wanted to learn how to make an authentic Italian lasagna! She got few friends together, they came over and we made lasagna from scratch with love and lots of fun! It was one of the best night of my life! 
    That night I decided to teach and share my authentic Italian cooking knowledge with my friends! After that night I also had to learn few new words: marketing, branding and Social Media! 
    I was a stay at home mom with 2 small children and I had no idea where to start! It was difficult especially because of the language but I made it! 
    I created a Facebook Page by myself, Instagram and I started to research on Google “ how to advertise yourself”! 
    One word got my attention right away #authentic, so I decided to be how really Im and I thought that at the end I had not to loose, people like Authentic right? 
    My authenticity is the key of my success and makes people comfortable! This for me is very important because if they feel comfortable they don’t feel intimidated so they are able to create the dish for the family = building memories and Tradition! 
    I have been managing my Social Media and everything else all by myself in the last 6 years ( kind of tired).

    I now teach Italian Cuisine from my little kitchen here in Langley, I Like to believe that I m on a mission to bring a little bit of Italy on the Canadian tables! 
    The people that come to my class are not just people that come, pay, learn and go! They all become part of my family, they all stay in my heart! 
    I like to build memories with them, with the food that we cook together, creating an emotion and the imperfections in my kitchen!

    My cooking classes are a little bit like a show and they are lots of fun, this is why I think people remember me and this is why, I think, they are able to create the dish that we made together!
    The best compliment is when people say “ thank you for the wonderful food and great experience”.
    Yes, we need more real experience, we need more connections with real food and with people!
    Come to my classes for an Authentic Italian Experience.

    In the last few years My cooking classes got few satisfaction:
    -March 2018 article on Langley Advance.
    -October 2018 I won an award with the Langley Chamber of Commerce.
    -Last week the Marco Polo newspaper in Vancouver wrote an article about my classes.
    And more to come for 2019!
    My dreams are:
    -Write a cook book
    -Bring some of my friends to Italy for an unforgettable Food tour.
    -Inspire more people including the New Generation
    -Bigger kitchen 
    -a nice Cooking Show 
    -Eat whatever I want without gaining weight.
    My favourite food are:
    Bread
    Pasta
    Pizza
    Lasagna 
    Gnocchi 
    Last thing Im proud of my self and so thankful for the people that gave me the trust and the love!
    We need more love.

    #authenticitalian#italiancookingclass#italianfood — 

    My story

    A little bit of my personal story that I want to share with you! it took me years to be able to share it! This is just the beginning, More to come… …

    -When I started my business I had no idea what I was doing.

    I was confused and really scared. My number one fear was my dream would fail and people wouldn’t like me. I thought nobody would like my food, my personality and my house. My low self-esteem and lack of belief in myself stemmed from my family. I grew up surrounded by people that did everything possible to make me feel I was never good enough and convinced me that something was wrong with me.

    I lived in the shadows of my family in Naples because I was an unwanted child, and for my entire childhood, my grandma and my biological dad made me feel guilty for even being born. I was told I was a shame to their family. Their lack of love and support continues to this day well into my adulthood.

    But, the difference with yesterday and today is that I believe in myself and feel strong enough to share my story in the hopes it helps someone else believe in themselves.

    The crime I committed was being the child born of an affair between my mother and a married man. My mom was just 16 and my biological father was a grown man married with kids of his own. Back then in Naples, when my grandmother found out, it was a big scandal. When my mom got pregnant, my grandmother forced her to leave the house and hide her pregnancy and then marry a stranger after I was born. What happened was considered an unforgivable crime and my grandma decided to not tell my grandpa and his side of the family that I existed.

    The lies and shame continued. My grandma told my grandpa that their daughter was getting married to a widow that already had a daughter: me. My grandpa and his family never found out that I was part of their family. They all thought that my biological mother was dead and my mom was my stepmom. And for a long time I didn’t know the truth either.

    For my entire life I was poorly treated. I don’t know how to explain how mean few people of my family in Naples were.I was treated like a second-class citizen and I always felt like a big secret. The only exception was my grandpa. He treated me like gold and I think inside him he knew the truth. He was my lifeline while growing up.

    My biological dad was and still is a really mean human being { by the way is from Sant’ Antimo} He is a big liar and the cruelest person you can ever imagine. When he found out that my mom got married and left Naples to go to live up north he decided to look for her and me … unfortunately.

    When I was five or six, I had to meet him. I was ok without him, my mom and stepdad had other kids and I was happy. I remember he used to call me every day. I had no idea who he was and the only thing I knew is that I had to talk with him because it was what “he wanted.” He was always polite and really nice and always telling me nice things. One day when I was eight he asked me, “Do you know who I am?” Of course I said no. I actually said, “You are probably one of my uncles from Naples” and with his ego he replied, “I’m your father my love, the real one.”

    I was so confused for so many years. My mom eventually explained everything to me and from that moment I had to meet this person every time I was in Naples and every time he wanted to come to see me up north. But we had one rule: nobody was allowed to see us and know about our secret meetings. Our meetings had to remain secret! He had a wife and other children of his own who knew I existed, but to this day, my biological siblings have never accepted me as their blood relative.

    At the age of 17 or 18, the monster decided to dump me like a garbage bag. One day, like usual, I called him and he said to me, “Who are you? Who is this? I don’t know any Marzia, you are a liar, do not call me anymore. You mom is a liar and your dad is someone else.”

    I don’t want to explain what happened to my personality after this because it will be too long. It took me few sessions of therapy and lots of love from my husband to come out from that mess. Unfortunately the monster is still out there living with his lies. Luckily I grew up in North Italy and my stepdad, my mom and my siblings treated me well! They are my family.

    I know I could make my biological dad life difficult, but I decided to keep my dignity and let go. I have a loving and supporting family. I live in a great community. I have wonderful clients and friends. The only thing that I really want is to tell the truth about my story to everyone in the hopes it might help someone else believe in themselves and their dreams.

    I feel so incredibly lucky to live in this amazing county. I have been living here for 15 years and if I could go back in time, I would do it again! I lived in Italy for 30 years and was unloved, humiliated, and unwanted.

    My husband is the best thing that ever happened to me. He has guided me for all these years in the right way. He has filled my heart with love everyday. He and his family made me feel part of the family right away. My mother in law treated me like gold until the day she died. Sometimes I ask myself why someone so nice, loving and caring had to suffer so much and leave us all behind and then people like the monster are still out there living their lives.

    My cooking classes and the love I receive from each of one of you gives me the confidence that I have today. I feel so loved and lucky to open my little kitchen to so many nice people. Each of you will stay in my heart forever. I’m so proud of the Business Excellence award that I won recently from the Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce.

    I’m proud of what I’ve accomplished personally and professionally and I hope that my story inspires more people like me that were mentally abused. If there is someone in your life that treats you badly or that doesn’t love you, just walk away. You deserve better and if you believe in yourself you can do great things. You deserve to shine. Everything is possible if you believe in yourself.

    #believeinyouself #MammaMarziaStory #bellacibostory #Thetruthisout #Imbecoming

    Bella Cibo winner of Service Excellence Award

    Few months ago I received 2 nominations from the Langley Chamber for Service Excellence and guess what I won!

    I still can’t believed that I WON the Awards! This is such a great feeling!

    So happy and proud of all the work that I put into it in the last 4 years! It was really difficult in the beginning because I had to start from scratch without knowing anyone and without knowing what Social Media was!

    Sometimes its not easy being a full time mom, wife, chef, taxy driver, nurse and have your own business but Its so worth it! Believe in yourself and everything can happen ❤️

    Thank you to @langleychamber for the great event, every year is amazing and Im so happy Im part of a great supportive community! Thank you to the generous sponsor of this category @envisionfinancial and it was a great pleasure to receive the award from an Italian @leannanapolitano!

    Thank you to all the people in my life that are supporting me my dreams in a positive way! I love you all, very excited for the future! Lots of news for 2019! Stay tuned

    📸 from Keepsake portraits .

    #businesswoman #womanpower #success #smallbusiness #italiancuisine #inspire #Langleyfresh #believe #love #thankful #socialmedia #marketing #italianmama #vancouver #langley