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The Restaurant Italian Diva & The Owner Marcello Calipa

Marcello Calipa seasoning steak for dinner service Poole

HEAD CHEF Marcello Calipa

Marcello was brought up in Rome into a family of chefs and restauranteurs. He began to help out in his parents restaurant where at an early age his love of cooking developed into the passion that he feels today.

Marcello is an extremely accomplished Chef, familiar with different cooking techniques, which he uses with flair to highlight a wide range of flavours and tastes. Marcello’s knowledge of Italian cuisine is biased towards the Southern regions, but his all round culinary knowledge and background make him ideally suited to explore the eclectic flavours of Italian regional dishes.

Shop Front of the Italian Diva Restaurant in Poole


The richness of Italian cuisine lies in Italian Diva’s diversity and it’s heritage of good honest food, bursting with flavour that is cooked from the heart.

Despite the vibrant, buzzy feel and glamorous sophisticated surroundings, we are a family run business in the heart of Poole Quay. Here you can enjoy authentic, delicious and inexpensive Italian cuisine in an inviting yet intimate atmosphere with friendly service.

At Italian Diva, we try our best to look after the well being and passion for great food of our customers. Our menu consists of home-made food, freshly prepared each day using carefully selected ingredients from local suppliers. Be it breakfast, lunch or a quick snack followed by our home-made dessert and ice cream, you can always drop by for an authentic Italian treat and friendly atmosphere through and through.