Chef Rossella Rago Returns to Festa for our 30th Annual!

At 3:00 PM on Saturday and 2:00 PM on Sunday, September 23 & 24, 2017, Festa Italiana is proud to present Rossella Rago as our Celebrity Chef for the 30th Annual Italian Festival at Seattle Center. She will headline a dazzling line-up of local chefs from Seattle’s best Italian restaurants on the “Great Italian Chefs” Cooking Stage that runs from Noon to 5 PM daily. More information…

Previous Celebrity Chefs have included Mario Batali, Anne Burrell, Rocco DiSpirito, Michael Chiarello, Mary Ann Esposito, Biba Caggiano, Christina Pirello, Maria Liberati, Rossella Rago, and in 2015, Nick Stellino, host of Cooking with Nick Stellino on Public Television.

Rossella Rago

Main photo courtesy of Evi Abeler Photography.

Rossella Rago

Rossella Rago is the host of the popular web cooking show Cooking with Nonna. In each episode, Rossella invites an Italian American nonna (grandma) to cook with her, sharing traditional Italian recipes and fond memories of growing up in Italian in America.

Rossella has traveled the country and has performed cooking demonstrations in many cities across the United States, with local grandmothers as her partners. A native of Brooklyn, New York, Rossella spent her childhood in the kitchen with her maternal grandmother, Nonna Romana. In fact in July, 2010, with Nonna Romana and Mamma Angela on her team, Rossella won the Food Network: 24 Hour Restaurant Battle – Battle Italiano and won many new fans across the nation.

Rossella Rago Book

In March of this year, Rossella published her first cookbook. Entitled Cooking with Nonna: Celebrate Food and Family with Over 100 Classic Recipes from Italian Grandmothers, the book is a collection of recipes and memories shared by her Nonna Romana as well as 24 other grandmothers representing different regions of Italy.

Rossella Rago book cover photo