BRINGING HOMEMADE BACK
Natalina Bombino Campagnolo: chef, cooking school founder, cookbook author, food and wine tour hostess, recipe developer, food historian, product influencer, spokesperson, collaborator, wife, Italian Mamma of four. If it has to do with food, specifically authentic Italian recipes passed on through generations of nonni—it has to do with Natalina.
This summer and fall, Pusateri’s has been proud to partner with Natalina on a number of initiatives. She has been our guest personality at a number of product and store events, she has contributed recipes online and in Palate and she is our hostess on the food and wine tour to Southern Italy that was the grand prize in our recent contest.
We are perfectly aligned when it comes to honouring the history of Italian food using fresh, flavourful, high quality ingredients to create authentic ‘old country’ dishes.
Natalina has created the dessert recipe in this issue of Palate, a mouth-watering ‘Torta Caprese with Modica Chocolate and Pomegranate Glaze’ and she hosted the winners of the food and wine tour to Italy.
“I feel like I’ve been actively involved in food all my life,” says Natalina. My parents emigrated from Southern Italy and settled in Toronto’s Little Italy. My earliest memories are of hanging around in my father’s Italian Espresso Cafes helping my mom in the kitchen.
I still vividly remember her making tray after tray of our most popular dish, authentic Italian Eggplant Parmigianna.”
While her love for food stayed strong over the years, her life focus shifted to getting married and raising a family. Following the birth of their second child, Natalina’s husband was offered a position in Milan. Without much thought, she packed up her family and headed for Italy. If anything, Natalina’s love for authentic family-style Italian cooking grew even stronger and it was there that she had her food eureka moment.
She moved back to Ontario determined to fulfil her dream of spreading her Italian food culture. Once her children were in school full time, Natalina got to work.
In 2009 she opened her cooking school and in 2015 she began leading Mediterranean food and wine tours with a mission to bridge the cultural food gap. In 2017, she launched her first cookbook—followed by her online Italian
This woman is a whirlwind of energy—the energy bunny of the food world. But, most importantly, Natalina and Pusateri’s share the same philosophy around authentic Italian meals. Select what’s in season, pair it with the finest quality ingredients and create simple, authentic meals that take people’s taste buds on a journey to Italy.
When it comes to the world of food Natalina truly is an inspiration. Based just outside of Guelph, Natalina’s passion is inspiring, educating and delighting home cooks with authentic Southern Italian recipes, the finest quality and freshest in-season ingredients and the cooking secrets that have been passed down through generations.