Born and bred in Rome, Silvia had the privilege of being able to carefully observe three generations of fine Italian Jewish cooks in a lively and warm environment, surrounded by Italy’s culture and the country’s great love of eating and food.
After school and a year in the United States, Silvia went to Israel, where she obtained a BA in Political Science from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In 1998 she moved to London to study an MSc in Politics and World Economy at the London School of Economics. Settling in London, she worked for two years in international business development for an internet company.
In 2002 however, driven by her love for food, she set up her own business, La Cucina di Silvia – Cooking for the Soul, establishing herself as a professional cook, teacher and food writer specialising in authentic Italian Jewish cooking.
Her own personal passion, however, goes beyond her traditions, extending her cooking skills and knowledge to both traditional and contemporary dishes derived from Italy’s various regions.
Silvia regularly conducts classes on Italian Jewish Cooking at locations around London including the Divertimenti Cookery Schools in Marylebone & Brompton Road, and Books for Cooks in Notting Hill. She also runs cookery courses in Italy, inviting students to learn more about the culture and tradition of Italian food in an authentic setting.
Silvia also provides catering to a range of private, corporate and charity events of various styles and sizes, as well as delivering freshly homemade Italian food to homes and commercial spaces.
Silvia is very involved with a number of Jewish charities such as the Jewish Community Centre in London, the British Friends of the Hebrew University and the Kinloss Learning Centre where she has been teaching for the past four years. She’s also proud to be a Gourmet Patron of the Dining & Music Club of the Jewish Music Institute alongside high profile names such as Yotam Ottolenghi, Claudia Roden, Albert Roux and various well-respected others.
In addition to her teaching and catering, Silvia regularly writes about and is invited to talk about the history of Italian Jews & Italian Jewish Cookery. This includes a monthly column for the Jewish Chronicle, a monthly blog for the Women’s View section of the United Synagogue website, and lectures at the New York University in Florence and various Limmud Conferences. Silvia has also completed a review on “La Cucina Giudaico Romanesca” (Roman Jewish Cooking) for the Purple Guide of Rome and has contributed recipes to a number of cookery books and publications worldwide. Articles on her cooking appear in several journals, including ELLE A TAVOLA, the Jewish Chronicle and the European Jewish Press. She is currently working on her first book which she expects will be published on both sides of the Atlantic.
She lives in North West London with her husband and two children.