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Ciao, we are Nico and Louise, partner in life and in business, together we run Italia Plant Based.
Italia Plant based is a project with the purpose to make vegan Italian cooking easy and accessible to everyone.
Omnivores, paleo, vegetarians and vegans, you are ALL WELCOME to this community.
Our aim is not to be the perfect vegans, but rather help people that are interested in eating less animal-based products and more plant-based foods, without giving up those flavours that they love so much.
From us you can expect recipes that are:
- Suitable for all eaters
- Taken straight out of the Italian tradition
- 100% plant-based
We design the majority of our recipes with simplicity and taste in mind, so that you can make them with simple ingredients that you already have at home. A small part of our recipes though, requires us to use less common products, such as Kala Namak or Nutritional Yeast, to recreate the traditional Italian flavours that you love so much.
But don't worry, in this blog we will guide you on how to use these new ingredients, with step by step pictures and recipe videos.
If you want to learn more about Italy, the Italian language and vegan Italian food, then follow us on social media searching for @Italiaplantbased. We are on Instagram, YouTube, Facebook, TikTok and Pinterest.
What does Italia Plant Based mean?
"Italia" means that our recipes are taken straight out of the traditional and regional Italian cuisine.
"Plant-Based" means that our recipes are vegan, made without animal-based products. This simple way of eating takes into account the 3 biggest challenges of our generation:
- Environmental destruction driven by animal agriculture.
- Animal exploitation.
- Health problems linked to the consumption of animal-based products.
Our mission is to bring traditional Italian cooking into a more sustainable and intentional future, without giving up those flavours and food habits that we love so much.
Who is behind Italia Plant Based?
While I (Nico) cook, Louise is behind the camera. Together we run this blog and all our social media channels.
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Who is Nico?
Ciao, I am Nico. I was born and raised in Todi, a small town in Umbria (Italy), right in the heart of Italy. I have been passionate about cooking since I was a small child, cooking traditional Italian food my nonna (I know it's a cliché, but it's true).
As a young teenager I first got a professional cook diploma at the Hotelier Institute of Assisi (Italy) and then gained a Swiss diploma in hotel management at the Hotel Institute Montreux, in the beautiful Swiss town of Montreux.
After doing several internships in the hotel industry I decided to leave that world to devote myself to something completely different.
Over the next 10 years I specialized in Economics, Management, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and worked all over Europe for companies like PWC, Dropbox, and Google, leaving my love for cooking behind.
But in January 2018, no longer able to ignore the alarming and unequivocal data on the destructive impact of eating animal products (dairy, meat, eggs, and fish) on the human health, on the health of the planet, and the health of animals, I started following a plant-based vegan diet.
Yes, I really liked cheese. Yes, I loved cold cuts and steak. And yes, I was afraid to abandon the traditions I grew up with. But those were all excuses.
Eating animal-based products while being aware of the damage they create to our planet was for me an act of pure cognitive dissonance that I could not tolerate in myself.
And paradoxically, soon after going vegan I reconnected with my Italian roots, and in July 2020 I abandoned my full-time job to dedicate myself to this project: veganizing traditional Italian cuisine and making it accessible to everyone.
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- Artichoke Pasta Bake
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- Vegan White Sauce - Béchamel
- Vegan Parmesan
- Vegan Vanilla Cake
- Vegan bomboloni - Italian donuts
- Hazelnut Chocolate Spread - Vegan Nutella
- Italian Chiacchiere - Angel Wings
- Homemade Margarine
- Italian Castagnole - Sweet Dough Balls
- Vegan Italian Crostata