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When Zia Dontella come to live with the Bertolizzi family, little do Alfie and his older sister Emilia know what's in store for them. Zia Donatella is determined to show the kids how a home-cooked meal is better than even the best take-out pizza or burrito. And when Zia's plan actually transports Alfie and Emilia to famous food cities around the world, they learn first-hand how food cannot only take you places but can also bring you home again. In Book 1, Alfie and Emilia find themselves transported to Naples, where they meet Marco, a young Italian boy on a very important mission to shop for the essential ingredients for his family's entry in the city's annual Pizzafest contest.



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Giada De Laurentiis

Giada De Laurentiis is a Los Angeles-based celebrity chef who's published several cookbooks and hosts several shows for Food Network. Born in Rome, Italy, she grew up surrounded by homemade Italian cooking. As a child, she and her family moved to California, where she spent countless hours at her grandfather's restaurant DLL Foodshow. Upon graduating from UCLA with a degree in anthropology, Giada studied cuisine and pastry at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, France. She then returned to Los Angeles and trained further at the Ritz Carlton Fine Dining Room and Wolfgang Puck's Spago, and later started up her own catering business in the city. She was discovered by Food Network in 2002 and has been a mainstay on their lineup ever since.



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