About us

TasteItalian! is an "Umbrella Brand" of Making Business Happen that focuses on making the Italian excellence - food, wine, fashion, design, technology and art - go global offering those who are interested in building an authentic Italian experience abroad the opportunity to connect directly with the best Italian producers, artisans, designers and inventors.

How we started...

The concept of TasteItalian! took its roots back in 2014 during the International World Food in Baku. It was there that we proudly introduced our brand for the very first time, with the exclamation point becoming our distinctive mark, symbolizing the excitement and passion we have for the artistry and innovation that defines the essence of Italy.

Over the years, TasteItalian! has successfully collaborated with importers, distributors, retailers, and diverse business entities across Europe, the USA, and beyond. We have been a crucial pillar of support, connecting them with the richness and uniqueness of Italian products and creativity.

Our Vision
and Mission

Since that pivotal moment, TasteItalian! has undergone a remarkable transformation, expanding its vision beyond just food to embrace a celebration of Italian excellence across fashion, art, design, and technology. But what sets us apart and lies at the core of our ethos is our unwavering commitment to values like origins, transparency, ethical sourcing, and social responsibility.

Our journey has been marked by a deep respect for the origins of our products and the artisans behind them. We take pride in showcasing the authentic heritage of each item we present, honoring the centuries-old craftsmanship and traditions that have shaped Italy's legacy.

Through our comprehensive approach, we provide enthusiasts all over the globe with a truly immersive experience of the enchanting Italian lifestyle.

Our team

Silvia Mariani

Creator, Founder & CEO

Silvia Mariani is Founder, Ceo & Owner at Making Business Happen and Making Business Happen Usa, llc., Since date, she coordinates many projects to empower the Made in Italy and the international positioning of several brands. 

She is a promoter of new concepts for art exhibitions, TV and retail formats to offer all who may concern a unique “360° – 100% Italian experience”.

Proud President of the Tuscan Chapter Les Dames d’Escoffier International. 

Stefano Pecchioli


Communicative, creative and eclectic, Stefano has been passionate about acting and cinema since childhood.
He began his career as a model by chance, noticed by the patron of a local radio station while eating a sandwich in a store on the outskirts of Florence, Italy.
Since then, he has ranged from fashion to advertising, from fiction to cinema. 
Opinion leader in fashion and wellness, personal trainer himself, he invented a Super Hero character for kids and he is curating the launching of a new drink in can, 100% Made in Italy.

Silvia Baldini

TasteItalian! Academy F&B Scientific Director

Silvia Baldini is a classically trained Italian-born chef, a Chopped Champion on Food Network, and a culinary entrepreneur.  She is knowledgeable and passionate about sustainable food, and she holds the belief that wholesome ingredients and traditional wisdom combined with technology will be the key to living a happy and healthy life.






Valentina Rainone

Senior C-level executive

Valentina Rainone is a Senior C-level executive, Board Member, Certified Auditor and Chartered Accountant with more than twenty years professional experience in roles of progressive responsibility leading global and national financial operations across international luxury fashion, retail and sport brands having worked in Italy, Switzerland and Austria. Geographically mobile, native Italian speaker with fluency level English and basic French. Valentina Rainone has been Director and Board Member of Marni, Wolford, Ermanno Scervino, in the past she even worked as a Manager for Fendi ( LVMH) and Nike. Valentina has a batchelor degree in Business in LUISS Guido Carli and an Executive Master in Business Administration in MIP (Politecnico di Milano). Valentina is a Professor in IED, LUISS, Polimoda, Milano Fashion Institute in Management Control, Strategy and Marketing.

Brand Ambassador

Jennifer Baisel

Brand Ambassador

Julie Hartigan