Angelo Condemi, born in Bari in 1976, already at the age of 9 finds himself helping his father in family pizzerias. Growing up, the passion for flour grows with him and at 23 he opens his first pizzeria in Bari, is followed by another opening in 2004 in Polignano a Mare where he finds his well-deserved success.
Angelo has another great passion: travel. In 2016 he brought his art and knowledge to the Dominican Republic where he opened the Bella 'Mbriana al Caribe and here he was immediately recognized for his unmistakable style in his particular mixture and in the decor of the restaurant. Finally, Italians residing in the Dominican Republic have a second home 10,000 km from their own.
In February 2020, the Italian Chamber of Deputies recognizes him with the "Excellence Pugliesi 2020" award.
Angelo does not stop, in 2020, will inaugurate his next Bella 'Mbriana in the Costa del Sol, Spain. Angelo is determined to make the excellence of the Apulian products combined with his unique dough known to as many countries as possible in the world.
Certainly its trump cards have been the passion for this work, the knowledge and detailed research in all the products used derived from the Puglia Region, the style and savoir-faire that only a Bari has, have been an added value for this product. winning.
Polignano a Mare... since 2000
2020... The year of the award
in February 2020, Angelo Condemi receives the award at the Chamber of Deputies of Rome for the "Excellence Pugliesi". La Bella 'Mbriana stands out for offering the best products of the Italian tradition on its tables, every single ingredient has a story to tell and the Puglia region once again represents the Made in Italy in the world.
An ancient legend says that a piece of the Greek coast drifted and came to merge with the Apulian coast. The origins of the town still have many questions, however, scholars believe that around the fourth century BC, Dionysius the 2nd, tyrant of Syracuse, founded one of Neapolis Peuceta. The strategic location allowed for the control of the burgeoning shipping trade, towards the Ionian Sea. It first appeared as a statio along the Trajan Way, which connected Rome to Brindisi, the boarding point for the East, via Egnathia, now home to an archaeological park and museum. Some remains of the Roman road can still be seen as one descends the stairway next to the bridge. Continuing on the path, you reach a small pebbled beach, the ancient port, from which you can see the extraordinary skill with which, the ancient inhabitant of the city, built their town overlooking the sea.
Bayahibe... since 2017
2020... The year of Little Big Italy
In January 2020, Bella 'Mbriana al Caribe takes part in an Italian television program, Little Big Italy. Francesco Panella, famous restaurateur and showman of Nove channel is looking for the best typical Italian restaurant in the Dominican Republic, watch the episode and find out what it is ...
Bayahibe was originally established as a fishing village in 1874 when it was founded by Juan Brito and his family who came here from Puerto Rico. Bayahíbe is an indigenous word. Its meaning is not known for sure, but there are many names that include the Tainos word "Baya." "Baya" is the name given to a bivalve mollusk, like clams that are glued to the rocks or roots of mangrove trees. "Jib" (or "hib") is the name of a sieve manufactured from sticks used to sift cassava flour.
Bayahíbe, now a tourist destination, is lucky to boast multiple beaches on its coastline, including Dominicus Beach—Blue Flag certified—and several more pristine, diamond-white stretches offshore on Catalina and Saona islands. Bayahíbe retains its Dominican pulse, from its local restaurants and bars to its street side arts and crafts stalls, and fishermen who bring catch daily. Aside from its waterfront life, Bayahíbe’s streets hold plenty of history and architecture, with pastel-colored wooden homes, iconic churches, and nearby Taino caves filled with mystery, and fresh water springs inside Cotubanamá National Park.
Marbella... Coming Soon
Marbella's history began in approximately 1600 BC when it was conquered by the Romans who named the city Salduba, which means Salt City.
In the 6th century Arabs arrived in southern Spain bringing Islamic rule and changing the name of the town to Marbil-la,. A fortress and a defense wall was built with only three access points to protect them from Christian attacks. The fortress remains today, however the moat and the portals have vanished. Marbella was ruled by Arabs for nearly 9 centuries which is still evident today by its Moorish architecture in various parts of the city. The original Muslim Medina in the current Old Town was destroyed in order to open up a new square, which today is called Plaza de los Naranjos, or Orange Square.
Throughout the 19th century Marbella remained a small agricultural town of only 10,000 inhabitants until the 1940s when Prince Alfonso de Hohenlohe landed in Marbella as a result of a problem with his Rolls Royce. This is where Marbella history takes an interesting turn.
The Prince was so enchanted with the city that he decided to buy land for commercial purposes building hotels and apartment complexes. In 1954 he opened up the Marbella Club Hotel, which still stands today on the Golden Mile. Having aristocratic roots and kinship to the royal courts of Europe,