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15 Italian Food influencers on Instagram you need to follow

There is one way to have Italy at your fingertips no matter where you are - food, of course. The diversity in Italian cuisine is exciting, captivating, and will always keep you coming back for more. If you can’t jump on a plane to Rome or Naples at a moment’s notice to soak up the insatiable flavors of Italy, you can enjoy them at home. Although you may not have the skills of a notable chef, you can follow some amazing Italian food Instagram accounts to learn new recipes and have some fun while cooking up a delicious feast. Here are 15 Italian food Instagram accounts you need to follow:

Rossella Rago

Rossella Rago is a first-generation Italian-American from Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, and the creator of the online series, “Cooking with Nonna”. Her family hails from the Puglia region of Italy and she is best known for cooking alongside her incredible grandmother, Nonna Romana. Her delicious recipes, authenticity, and spicy enthusiasm for Italian food and culture will inspire you in the kitchen.

The Pasta Queen

Nadia Caterina Munno, also known as “The Pasta Queen” was born and raised in Rome and has become an Italian social media sensation and cookbook author. Nadia brings beauty, feel-good content, and her signature “just gorgeous” recipes to her audience. She just released her new cookbook and it must be a staple in your home!

Homemade by Bruno

Born and raised in the great state of New Jersey, Janine Bruno is a proud Italian American who values tradition. Her passion for preserving old-world Italian recipes shines through in her ability to make pasta and gelato while sharing her skills with others. In the heart of Philadelphia, Janine hosts pasta classes and posts delicious recipes that she has crafted to perfection. Her inspiring story laid the foundation for her passion and talent to thrive. 

Massimo Bottura

Massimo Bottura is a world-renowned Italian restaurateur and the executive chef of Osteria Francescana, a three-Michelin-star restaurant based in Modena, Italy. His restaurant has been listed in the top 5 at The World's 50 Best Restaurants Awards since 2010. His passion and zest for life are reflected in his cooking; he cooks food that’s about Italy, family, history, memory, and art.

Elizabeth Minchilli

For over 30 years, Elizabeth Minchilli has been based in Rome and started her career writing about shopping, travel, and design. There was a natural evolution to write about food and today, she is not only a writer but a food tour host that will take you to different parts of Italy like Umbria, Puglia, and Sicily. Through her social media accounts and newsletter, Elizabeth will provide you with fabulous insights on restaurants, recipes, and cocktails. 

Benedetta Rossi

Benedetta Rossi is one of the most followed food influencers in Italy. Known as “Super Benny”, Benedetta is best known for her site and YouTube channel, “Homemade by Benedetta”, where she features dishes from the farm where she lives in the region of Le Marche, Italy. She is beloved for her authentic, no-frills, and unique approach to her recipes. 

Stanley Tucci

Although most of his notable career is famed for his Hollywood star status, Stanley Tucci’s personal and professional life has always been adjacent to the world of food and beverage. He is the proud son and grandson of Italian American home cooks and his passion for Italy and Italian food shine in his CNN series, “Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy”. Food is the central passion of Tucci’s life and he has become profoundly popular for finding decadence in simplicity. 

Pasta Grannies

Pasta Grannies is an account that finds, films, and curates women who still make pasta by hand, which is becoming a dying art. The person behind the Pasta Grannies project is Vicky Bennison, who is searching to preserve and celebrate the women who still take the time to make pasta. The heartwarming recipes and stories from this account allow you to learn and make pasta just like all of your favorite Italian nonnas do!

Sophie Minchilli

Daughter of Elizabeth Minchilli, Sophie Minchilli is half American and half Italian, born and raised in Rome. Her affection and devotion for simple and authentic Italian food can be felt miles away. She offers a unique perspective of her hometown as well as taking you off the beaten path where you’ll find the soul of Italy. She gets up close and personal with local people and regional culture through her food tours, cooking classes, and book. 

Chef Damiano Carrara

Born and raised in Lucca, Italy, Damiano Carrara is an Italian baker, restaurateur and cookbook author who has been featured on Food Network series such as Spring Baking Championship and Cutthroat Kitchen. He resides in Southern California and opened an Italian pasticceria called Carrara Pastries with his brother, Massimiliano. He has become a face for native-born Italian bakers and has won people over with his Italian baked goods. 

La Cucina Italiana USA

Since the 1920s, La Cucina Italiana has been curating traditional and contemporary Italian recipes, captivating stories, Italian food trends, and travel itineraries in Italy. You can find content about all 20 Italian regions and even toggle between La Cucina Italiana Italy and USA, for bilingual speakers. This lifestyle magazine is a celebration of passion and quality for Italian food and culture. 

Heart Rome

Maria Pasquale is an Italian-Australian with Abruzzese roots who moved from Melbourne to Rome and has made the Eternal City her muse. Often thought of as a love letter to the city of seven hills, HeartRome captures the essence of Italian food and wine, dining the Italian way and ultimately, how to be Italian. Maria has a way of keeping the nostalgia of “la dolce vita” alive while also capturing the contemporary side of Rome, which is equally alluring. 

Cooking with Bello

Based in London, Angelo Coassin is a vivacious Italian cook, dancer, and actor. Through his mother and grandmother, he developed a passion for simple, Italian recipes that require quality ingredients and a love of sharing these recipes with friends and family. In April 2020 he launched Cooking with Bello and attracted a super-engaged following on Instagram and TikTok. In June of 2021, he launched his first cookbook “Bello’s Sexy Pasta”. 

Giada DeLaurentis 

Giada De Laurentiis is an Italian chef, cookbook author, restaurateur, and best known as an Emmy award-winning Food Network television personality. Born in Rome, Giada is also part of the DeLaurentis family who has a long history in the film industry in the United States and Italy. She has become a household name with her impressive culinary background, unique charm, and approachable recipes. 

Katie Parla

Katie Parla is an accomplished Rome-based food and beverage educator, journalist, and award-winning cookbook author. She has written, contributed, or edited more than 35 books about Italian food, wine, and lesser-known parts of Italy that deserve critical praise. She has appeared on television programs like “Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy” on CNN, and “Chef’s Table” on Netflix and consulted on the Emmy-winning Netflix series “Master of None”. 

Arianna DiCicco

Arianna DiCicco is an educator and writer from California, born into an Italian American restaurant family with strong ties to her grandparents’ home in Abruzzo, Italy. She has lived in San Francisco, Rome and New York City where she’s made deep connections within the Italian communities and gained new perspectives about her own culture. With a Masters in International Education, Arianna has a love and passion for learning and educating others about Italian history & culture.