About Silvia

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My name is Silvia Colloca  and I am an Italian-born food lover living in Sydney, Australia.

In Silvia’s Cucina, you are invited into my kitchen to share the unfussy, delicious, recipes that have been passed down through my family for generations. My food is traditional, authentic and mostly simple, and embedded in it is the legacy of the hands of my mother and grandmother (those hands, always at work on some sauce or buried in dough!).Since leaving Italy eight years ago, I’ve seen, of course, how much Italian food is loved around the world. But I’ve also come to understand that it is a cuisine that is perceived as rich and fatty, to be approached occasionally, and then with some caution.In Silvia’s Cucina,  I am striving to change this misapprehension, by showing how to cook everyday authentic, healthy Italian food. For although the Mediterranean diet allows the occasional indulgence in rich and festive foods, people are amazed to learn just how little fat is required in everyday Italian cooking. They are also surprised to know that not every plate has garlic. Neither does it have to be dusted in parmigiano and black pepper, nor submerged in olive oil.Italians are fiercely passionate and opinionated about their food, its preparation and its consumption, and I am no exception!

Follow me on Silvia’s Cucina and I hope you will find my private insight of Italian family home-cooking joyful and inspiring.


A few things you should know about me

1. I am a self-proclaimed food lover

2. Although I have no official cooking training, having been exposed to Mamma and Nonna’s cooking since I was born has to count for something!

3. I am a professional actress both for stage and screen (big and small)

4. I have played the Vampire Queen twice! First in Universal Pictures’s VAN HELSING, then in UK’s comedy LESBIAN VAMPIRE KILLERS (no kidding! and no, it is NOT porn…) I have also played (sang the role, I should say!) the wicked Queen in Opera Queensland Production on SNOW-WHITE for The Brisbane Festival 2016. The reviews were amazing! (“Silvia Colloca is extraordinary as the mother – her sexiness and vulnerability wrap around each other beautifully through the piece and she easily navigates the highs and lows her character is gifted. Her eventual breakdown is a joy to watch” BRISBANE TIMES)

5. I am also a professional Opera singer and I attended Milan’s SCUOLA MUSICALE for 4 years. Here is Australia I have sung in various Opera productions, my favorite being ORFEO ED EURIDICE at the ART GALLERY OF NSW in 2015.

6. I have had the joy of singing in Europe’s most beautiful theaters such as The London Palladium, Berlin’s Tempodrom, Milan’s Teatro Nazionale, among others.

7. I have become an Australian citizen in July 2013

8. I have three children. Two boys, Raphael and Miro and Luna, my baby girl, born in 2017.

9.  Both my children Raphael and Miro are bilingual and they attended school in Italy for a few months in 2017.

10. I have co-written, co-created and co-produced two TV shows. MADE IN ITALY WITH SILVIA COLLOCA for SBS and SILVIA’S ITALIAN TABLE for ABC (Both Australian networks). Made in Italy sold in over 23 countries and Italian Table is following suit!

11. In July-August 2012 I played the role of The Bride  in Malthouse Theatre production of Lorca’s BLOOD WEDDING, in Melbourne. I cooked for my cast mates most nights after the show and in between matinee and evening shows! In April-June 2013 I co-starred in Griffin Theatre production of THE BULL, THE MOON AND THE CORONET OF STARS. I cooked with my cast mate every day whilst on tour.

Love for food never leaves me!

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Silvia’s Cucina is on Facebook Twitter and Instagram

SILVIA’S CUCINA is available in stores and online!

MADE IN ITALY is available herehere   and here

LA DOLCE VITA is available online  on Amazon  and here




87 thoughts on “About Silvia

  1. Hi Silvia!
    I come from an Italian/Egyptian background and also am a self-proclaimed foodie if nothing else!I have only recently come across your web site and it gives me copious amount of pleasure making and devouring all the heart filled recipes you write about. Your ‘cozze in bianco’ are to die for and a personal favorite!

    I have become a huge fan, so please keep up the great work! I also think Richard is brilliant! I study law full time so not much time for TV however I always indulge in a weekly fix of Rake!

    Ciao Bella

  2. Wow I can say I know a star ….I live in Udine and here there are celebrities so for me it’s an honor to receive your responses.
    I started this blog to try and improve my English, because in my dreams and those of my wife there is to emigrate to Canada.
    We want to go to Canada to give a future to merit our 2 year old daughter Michelle.
    In my last post the see busy making Christmas tree. http://realitaliandish.wordpress.com/2012/12/02/breathing-in-christmas/
    Congratulations you are a great Cook

  3. Ciao Silivia, i just happened to come across your blog, and I must say that I find it very interesting, I’m Italian (Neapolitan to be exact) and have been living in Canada since I way ten years old, My husban is Milanese, Macherio. Are you also from Milano? I;m just curious…..keep up the good work. ciao

  4. I’m so happy to find you on this site. Silvia. It’s good to follow you and your food looks delicious! Italian food one of the best-maybe the best actually (smiles) I hope we’ll have the chance to work together on a beautiful movie project someday! Have a good cooking and a happy life! Jordan.

  5. Hi Silvia, it was such a joy to receive your book as a Christmas gift and I have tried quite a few recipes with great results. Quick question, do you know how to go about coating the inside of cannoli shells with dark chocolate? It stops them loosing their crunch then you can fill them the day before you need them.
    Thank you, Carolyn

    • Hi Carolyn, I’m so glad you enjoy my book!
      Now, with the cannoli dilemma… have you tried using a very smal pastry brush and twirl the chocolate around the inside of the shell. Then leave to dry standing up so that the coating drops to the bottom…. Ket me know!Silvia

  6. Hi Silvia,
    Making Focaccia at the moment, I lived in Pisa for a year as a Nanny and thats where I discovered this wonderful bread. I didn’t realise you were the bride in Van Helsing! I love that film and think you and Richard were great in it. Do you live in Australia then?
    Naysha x

  7. Ciao Silvia,
    I happily stumbled upon your lovely blog! I emigrated from the Netherlands to Italy (close to Lago Maggiore) almost 7 years ago…and enjoy the delicious Italian cuisine the most!! (I have an Italian dad, so already very familiar with Italian food).
    I will continue to follow you and your yummy recipes 😀

  8. Hi

    Is it possible to find your book anywhere in Europe so I can buy it please.

    I love your blog but I love books too so I’d rather have it in hand rather then download it.



  9. Hi Silvia,

    My name is Chris Colloca I’m a chiropractor in Phoenix, Arizona with a passion for food and wine. My grandparents, Sebastiano and Domenica Colloca are from the tiny village of Mitta in Calsevecchio, Sicily (near Taormina). They immigrated to the USA in 1914. I wonder if we are distant cousins?

    Anyway, my wife and I opened a winery in Upstate, NY called Colloca Estate. We would like to carry your cookbook. Do you have distribution where we could buy QTY 10-25 at a time?

    Wishing you all the best in all of your incredible endeavors. In my chiropractor role, I visit Australia each year to conduct spine research and also import Aussie wines from the Barossa on the Colloca label. Small World. 🙂

  10. Ciao Silvia,
    mi piacciono le tue ricette, leggere, saporite e con tante verdure, molte sono ideali anche per chi mangia vegetariano come me, quindi grazie!
    E… greetings from Italy 🙂

    ps: buone cose a te e a tuo marito anche per la vostra carriera cinematografica (mi sono molto divertita con il suo ‘Rake’!)

  11. Hello Silvia,
    Congratulations on your new section in Delicious magazine, fantastic!
    I was born here and my parents are Abruzzese from a village called Tocco Da Casauria – Province Pescara. And when I saw that you used ‘Centerbe’ in one of your recipes in the Delicious magazine I was quite excited as that comes from my parents town. My mum used it some sweet recipes and dad just put a dash in his espresso.
    I bought your first book when it first came out and can’t wait to buy your new one.
    Continue this passion of food and I hope Richard appreciates and loves your cooking!

  12. Hi Silvia,
    First, I want to compliment you on your delicious food photos and recipes! The editorial team at Honest Cooking is looking to add new talent to our ever-growing network of contributors and we would like you to be a part of Honest Cooking and our newest ventures, Alimentari and PAIR, that will launch in the new year. We think you would be a perfect fit for Alimentari.

    I would love to hear from you!

    Warm Regards,
    Annelise McAuliffe

    Web Editor & Events Coordinator
    Honest Cooking – The New Flavor In Food Media

    261 Madison Ave. 9th Floor
    New York, NY 10016

    International: http://www.honestcooking.com
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    Italia: http://www.honestcooking.it

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  13. Hi Silvia,

    Am enjoying your show on SBS. Have been trying to print the apricot cake recipe on this blog but for some reason it doesn’t print! Help!


  14. Hi Silvia,
    I’m wondering if you can tell me where you got that beautiful white polka dot dress which you wore on Tonight’s show (Sydney) -It is fabulous and my wife would love it.
    I love the show by the way
    Kind regards,

  15. Cara Silvia, sono Mariacristina. Come te ho sposato un Australiano, Simon. Abbiamo 4 bimbi, Celeste, Allegra, Delilah e James, una adorabile peste di 2 anni. Abitiamo sulla Gold Coast, a Main Beach. Prima ero il console onorario italiano in Papua Nuova Guinea.
    Ho aperto ieri un sito per promuovere la cultura italiana (cosa che prima facevo da console). Ci sono solo 3 blogpost, ma leggiti http://romeathome.net/blogs/news/16226312-how-to-help-stranded-nymphs, tanto per avere un’idea.
    Il fine e’ di far conoscere l’Italia che si solito si ignora, e gli Italiani, che pensano in modo molto diverso dagli Australiani. Pensa solo al differente approccio alla spiaggia, o all’acqua http://romeathome.net/blogs/news/16194204-of-love-and-water. Il target per la parte culturale gratis sono tutti quelli che possono parlare inglese, ovunque nel mondo.
    Ci saranno reviews di libri, apps, documentari, segnalazioni di mostre e di siti riaperti al pubblico come la Domus Aurea e il Bunker di Mussolini. Il prossimo post sara’ sugli elefanti di Roma, passando per Pirro, Annibale e il Colosseo e arrivando al pezzo forte della Polledrara di Cecanibbio: un museo che non conosce nessuno nella periferia di Roma pieno di elefanti, rinoceronti e altri animali di più’ di 300,000 anni fa.
    Lo scopo e’ fare emozionare la gente, così’ si ricorda delle cose.
    Mi piacerebbe fare dei podcasts e anche degli ebooks mettendo insieme più’ articoli. Seguendo il tuo esempio, potrei anche fare una serie di documentari e dei libri.
    Fammi sapere che ne pensi delle storie nel blog. Dimmi anche se vuoi essere una guest blogger. Dal momento che prima vivevo a Londra molti dei miei contatti sono in giro per il mondo e potrebbe darti exposure. Mi rendo conto che in Australia sei esposta più’ che abbastanza!
    Chiaramente ogni consiglio che ti viene in mente e’ buono.
    Se il progetto non ti dovesse piacere, o se comunque non volessi contribuire al blog, magari dovremmo tenerci in contatto ugualmente, visto che credo che stiamo crescendo tutti i nostri bimbi con due culture e due lingue. Noi andiamo in Italia a fine maggio e torniamo ad agosto.
    I tuoi documentari piacciono molto anche alle mie bimbe, che adorano cucinare. Allegra (7 anni) e’ la tua fan più accanita.
    Intanto un bacio grande,

    Mariacristina Saraceno

    040 654 0959

  16. Hi Silvia, I’m so pleased to have found your beautiful blog as my daughters and I have been truly enjoying your television program! We are all lovers of all things Italian, especially food (my grand parents are Italian) and look forward to adding some of your delicious creations to our repertoire, beginning with your apricot cake. Love Kristin from Mamacino x

  17. you cannot begin to imagine how glad I am to stumble upon your blog and now your books and cooking show on sbs! I have always had a soft spot for Italian food. I am Filipino born, migrated to Australia when I was a teenager, married to a wonderful Aussie and we have two bicultural (but sadly not bilingual) children. Cheeky too. I am a preschool teacher in a long daycare centre and my unwind time includes watching your show. it makes me feel like I too can bring authentic Italian food to my table which my family can enjoy. I like that the recipes are family recipes, which means they have indredients that reguLar folk like me can source out. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Oh, and the photography is beautiful too…..which appeals to the frustrated shutterbug in me. 🙂 all the best and a happy new year to you and yours! I hope you had a lovely time with your parents. It is nice when you get to be a daughter again once in a while. I know I always look forward to seeing my Mum and Dad. Cheers!

  18. Hello Silvia, THANK YOU so much for your recipe for Strawberry scones with mascarpone. I came across it through a web search for scones which I will be preparing this Friday for a tea party of 6-8 friends who LOVE food but like to eat healthly also. Every recipe except yours called for 4 cups of sugar and three-fourths of a pound of butter. YIKES. i cannot tell you how releived I was to find your recipe. I also took the time to read your “About You” section and was suprised to find how skewed my thinking is about Italian Cuisine. I believed all those things you said. Thanks so much for opening my eyes and I will follow your blog closely. Hugs to you
    Belinda from Virginia USA.

  19. Hi Silvia we have been watching your show on SBS and love it. We are going to Rome in April and we are thinking of going to Abruzzo due to the lovely towns you have shown on your show. Which town would you recommend to stay a couple of nights. We prefer a country town as Australia has beaches and i can smell the sea from my house so country towns would be ideal. hope to hear from you. Margaret

  20. Hi Silvia,

    My family are also Abruzzese – from a small town called Sant’Eufemia a Maiella. My noñnå makes delicious sweet Pizelle, and of course there is no recipe! I have tried numerous recipes online, mixed with my noñnå’s guidance but none of the recipes are quite right. Noñnå keeps saying “you’ll know when the batter is right” but I never do! Do you have a recipe you could share with me?

  21. Im heading to Europe later this year. I travelled around Europe about 6 years ago and oddly enough was disappointed with the food (my fault though) I think we ate in typical touristy restaurants with frozen food etc etc and found that a lot of the food was pre-made foccacias and sandwiches and didn’t really get the food experience we were hoping for, especially in Italy. Do you have any suggestions on any tours that really focus on experiencing good local food in Italy? I want to make sure I do it right this time around! Any advice would help..thanks

  22. Hi Silvia,

    Great Blog!

    I hope you can help me with a much needed recipe! When I was a child my grandparents always made cookie dolls for the girls and horses for the boys. My grandparents have now passed and I would love to bring the tradition back. I think they are called Easter Dolls (Pupe di Pasqua). My family is from Abruzzo. I was hoping you had a recipe (however, it needs to be nut free because of allergies). I was also hoping you would have some pictures to jog my memory of how they exactly looked. Thank you in advance.

  23. Hello Silvia, I was hoping to chat to you about an upcoming event, I’m not sure if you have a manager I should be speaking with? Would it be possible for you to contact me please? Thank you kindly in advance, Chantal.

  24. I was wondering if your book is distributed outside of Australia. I live in Canada and would love to access a copy.


  25. Ciao Silvia, I adore your work with your food especially coming from an italian background – food is my life (anche come Te)! In saying that I am dying to go to Italy for a week or so to dedicate time to cooking courses and I was wondering if you would be able to recommend any? Unfortunately I am finding it a bit difficult to come across a trusted and traditional one so would love your insight and expertise. Gracie Mille! X

  26. Hi Silvia,
    I am doing food technology year 12 at school and I have to produce a folio. The brief of my folio is that I am a food blogger travelling to Italy and cooking with my family. I must do primary and secondary research and was wondering if I could email you a few questions to be apart of my primary research.

    Thank you for your time


  27. I loved reading about your recipe on Farfalle with Prawns on your blog.

    I am about to publish a new magazine called “Artfull Cooking Magazine” exclusively on the Apple Newsstand and I think the readers of the magazine would love to read this recipe also.

    I was wondering if I could reprint that recipe in the magazine and our blog site. If you would like me to promote something for you, maybe a book or a specific web page you want me to point people to, I would be more than happy to do that. Because it is an interactive magazine, once people have read the recipe they can be directed straight to a web page of your choice.

    I hope to hear back from you soon.

    Kind Regards,
    Pamela Martinez
    AM/PM Media Group

  28. Silvia,i am in love with your show i.e made in italy with silvia colloca,silvia i have learnt to cook pastas from ur show and seriously i want to work withu as a cook and want to visit ur place,italy,and me too food lover

  29. Hi Silvia!
    I’m the owner of Pescefragola.it, an italian blog about healthy living.
    We really appreciate your recipes and we would like to ask you some questions and then post the interview in our blog.
    What about my proposal?
    We would be so glad to interview you! 🙂

    Thank you and congrats for your career!

  30. hi Silvia, Many greetings !!

    When I see your show on Fox channel(India), I could smell the Italian essence of everything— the rich delicious food, culture, bit of Italian accent and the Italian beauty. Beautiful you are. (:

  31. Hey! Silvia. I´m argentina but I am living in Madrid 10 years ago!. I like very much the italian food. I saw Canal Cocina´s program about “the italian kitchen…” and I am doing all recipes that you show us!! Delicious!! Thanks very much!!!

  32. My name is Domenica and I am currently studying year 12 Food Technology. I have to produce a folio and part of my folio I must use primary and secondary research sources. As part of my secondary research I referred to your blog and also included screenshots of your web-page. As I wish to enter my folio into ‘Top Designs’ which is a public event, I must have your permission to use your workings. I met you at the Good, Food and Wine show and requested permission and spoke to you about it, but I must have an email or written confirmation.
    Thank you for your time.


  33. Hello there!
    I’ve just discovered this blog and I must say I am a truly fan! Wow – so inspiring and fantastic recipes. If in the future I will run out of ideas or just need inspiration you will be the source! Thank you for all the fantastic inspiration! Take care and keep On my way inspiring!!

    // Sigrid

  34. I enjoy your blog very much. It sounds as if you’re a wonderful chef. I too am an opera singer and I work part-time cooking privately for someone. Singing and cooking, two great passions!

  35. Hi Silvia,

    I have just cooked your fig focaccia and spaghetti with vongole and roasted tomatoes that featured in an old Delicious magazine, March 2013, and was excited to try something different in terms of the recipes I usually do and even more excited when it worked out so well! Thanks for your great instructions. I will definitely make both these recipes again.


  36. Silvia, Buongiorno. Sono brasiliano, di origine italiana e guardo il tuo programma in Brasile tramite il canale GNT. Cumplimentti, fra tanti programmi, il tuo è il meglio, principalmente perchè parli di una regione che pochissimi parlino. Abbiamo la oportunità di conoscere l’Abruzzo e vorrei farti un sugerimento, per le prossime registrazioni, fare un programa con Gabriele Marrangoni, dal Borgo Spoltino, comune di Mosciano Sant”Angelo, un ambasciatroe dal Abruzzo in Brasile e in America.Sono sicuro che il programma farà molto sucesso e sarai contenta di conoscere Gabriele, che parla quello que parli. Auguri e ArrivederCi.

  37. Ciao Silvia i really enjoyed your cooking with the Australian celebrities. I am researching Abruzzo at the moment and we would like to visit next year, can you recommend towns to visit as we will have about 7 days driving around Abruzzo. Many Thanks. Margaret

  38. Hey silvia,first of all, i wanted to say that i just *love* your recipes. And second, im flying to toscany soon and i wondered if you have any interesting Recommendations. Thank you 🙂

  39. Hi Silvia,
    I would love to discuss a collaboration with you with Aperol Spritz and Campari. Could you please contact me to discuss further?
    Thank you,
    Francesca (francesca.lucas@campari.com)

  40. Ciao,io capisco l’inglese,ma mi piacerebbe se tu potessi dedicare una parte del tuo sito a noi italiani che ti seguiamo,con ricette tradotte in italiano,o meglio che tutto il tuo sito fosse in doppia versione,così anche io posso leggere in tranquillità e provare le tue ricette e poterti seguire.Ti seguo anche su instagram,ma le tue stories sono in inglese!

  41. Dear Silvia,I am a product designer based in New Delhi, India, having completed my studies from Milan, Italy.
    Recently, I have developed some Napkin Rings and Place Card Holders, by casting different types of pasta in metal with a Lost-wax casting process, in Brass and Copper, by further welding these different pastas together giving them interesting forms which at its very first sight represents Italy, in its true sense for which it is known around the world.
    You may also see the presentation by viewing the following link:
    Or please let me know the email address, where I could send the presentation.

    I shall be pleased if you would let me know your opinion of using the same in one of your shows?

    Warm Regards

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