About Us

Ciao Bella
A greeting of hello or goodbye ~ from or to a male or female ~ of any age.

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The story behind Ciao Bella Living Italian Style

It all started decades ago when a young girl from St. Monica’s parish in South Philadelphia, Barbara Ann Zippi, had the opportunity to help her Aunt Stella backstage, producing her husband’s now legendary TV program Al Alberts Showcase. Young Zippi learned how to pull together all the key elements “putting it all together” in the studios of Channel 6, on location in Hersheypark, at the Jersey shore and special performances at long gone institutions like Pagano’s at 38th & Chestnut & Palumbo’s in the heart of South Philadelphia. She learned how to craft a truly entertaining programs for the family. Zippi went on to create ARTEMIS Productions International, a successful Public Relations and Special Events firm. But her passion for high quality television never diminished and along with her love for Italian, she is excited to be given this opportunity by Radio Studio 21 General Manager, George Strimel to produce a television series to share with her friends, family and community.

Living Italian Style

As an Italian American with grandparents who immigrated from Chieti, Teramo and Loreto Aprutino in the Abruzzo region, I live it every day and love to share my heritage, culture and food with family, friends and business associates. Years ago, a ‘mixed marriage’ was between Irish and Italians, Today, that concept has expanded and keeping ancestor traditions, roots, culture, language and recipes alive is more important than ever. Two recent milestone in the Tri State area do just that, the new History of Italian Immigration Museum located on East Passyunk Avenue in South Philadelphia and the new Delaware Valley Italian American
Herald Newspaper. I’m proud to be associated with both. My Grandmother Acciavatti’s original pizzelle iron is on loan and display at the Museum and Today Media publisher Rob Martinelli’s commitment, in this age of social media, to print newspaper, is an exciting addition to their sister publications, Main Line Today and
Delaware Today magazines.

Ciao Bella ~ Living Italian Style ~ TV SHOW

A fast moving weekly 30 minute public access television program that celebrates the richness of Italian heritage, culture, traditions, and food created for ‘Tweens to Seniors’ as a family entertainment show filled with all things Italian and Italian American.

Connecting People, Companies, No Profits, Local, Regional and International

That’s what makes an adventure! 
It is commonly known, there are two kinds of people in the world, Italians and people who “wanna be” Italian. Everyone is welcome to experience Ciao Bella ~ Living Italian Style on this journey !

Strategic partnerships, sponsorship and/or volunteer opportunities available.

Ciao Bella Living Italian Style includes TV & Special Events including: 

  • Public television show in cooperation with Radnor Studio 21 & *PEGMedia Network – Distribution for Public,  Education and Government Channels 
  • PA, NJ, DE, NY, WA, MD and across country with free downloads on PEGMedia Network
  • Italian Classic Cinema in the intimate movie theater of Vinyl Revival in Lansdowne and on-Location. 
  • Participation in the Delaware Valley Italian American Herald newspaper
  • Social Media Outreach Weekly Campaigns: Facebook, Linked In, Twitter

Special Events Vary ~ Sampling

  • Italian Actors, Artists and Author Book Signings
  • A Spiritual Day at The National Centre for Padre Pio in Barto
  • In the Kitchen demo, tasting & videotaping of traditional Italian specialties

Ciao Bella Living Italian Style will craft a package customized for you from Corporate Sponsorships with options for Small Business, Brand Retailers, Non-Profits and Foundations.
These strategic partnerships and sponsor opportunities will continue this effort funding the television program, newspaper and events.

For more information, contact Executive Director Barbara Ann Zippi.

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