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Dominic Catalano

Dominic Catalano has been a popular radio personality since the late 90's in and around Sydney with a dedicated listening audience. Over these years he has become a favourite MC at numerous functions and events in the true style of a local celebrity.

Developing a comedic alias of Cicciu, an old Italian migrant, he has not only performed this act on radio but toured with other comedians such as The Two Tony's and with Joe Fimmano on his “Shad Dup You Face” tour, with a lyrical performance on Joe Fimmano’s remix of Joe Dolce’s “Shad Dup You Face”. Cicciu’s comedic look at life adds some comic relief to our programme.

Jodie Raquel

Jodie Raquel is a dramatic arts and music graduate from the EORA School of Performing Arts. Currently, she participates in the mediums of acting, singing, song writing and dance. Her career highlights to date have seen Jodie receive nation-wide exposure from the recording of her own single “You are the One” featured on ABC TV series “Songlines’ to accompanying Deborah Cheetham in a vocal performance at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony and reporting from the red carpet at the ARIA Music Awards for Triple M.

Jodie’s love of people, passion for travel and thirst for adventure has led her to visit places as vast and as different as Africa, Nepal, Europe, USA, Indonesia and the UK. It is this exposure to diverse cultures and life experiences which gives Jodie a well-rounded view of life and the very essence of what she brings into her world and those around her.

DJ Stefano

When it comes to Italian Dance, nobody knows the music scene better than Sydney’s own DJ Stefano. He has brought the sounds of Italian and Euro dance music to another level and has been called "The Godfather of Italian Music". He has played at some of Sydney’s biggest Italian events and has interviewed such International artists and DJ's as Eros Ramazotti, Roby Rossini and Stefy NRG and local artists including Cosima DeVito and Laura Gissara among others.

DJ Stefano is responsible for bringing the sounds of Italian dance artists such as Danijay, Brothers, Paps‘n’Skar, DJ Lhasa, Gabry Ponte and many many more to the airwaves of Sydney for over a decade.

You can catch DJ Stefano playing the hottest and latest releases of Italian Dance, Euro and House on “Club Italia” every Thursday night from 7-9pm AEST on Sydney’s 2RDJ 88.1FM, or streaming on the web at 2RDJ live stream.  Find out more on  DJ Stefano on Facebook or Myspace.

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Nino Lo Giudice

While at the University of Sydney obtaining an honours degree in Ancient History, Nino was severely bitten by the acting bug and has been paying for it ever since. He has worked extensively in theatre, including roles with the acclaimed cross cultural theatre company Doppio Teatro, based in Adelaide. He toured with the company through most of Australia and also performed at the Singapore Arts Festival. He has also worked on feature films (La Spagnola, Danny Deckchair), short films, radio and television (including Comedy Inc, Home & Away, Police Rescue).

Nino has recently been working for Co.As.It. as their youth liaison, and organiser of the "Primavera Short Film Festival". Nino has written for La Fiamma and had a short story published in Italian by the Italian Consulate of Sydney (“Premio 2 Giugno”: Racconti, 1999). Nino hopes to bring an eclectic mix to the programme, with a common thread: passion.

John- Louis Canale

Our motoring journalist John-Louis Canale from covers all things Italian in the motoring world. His time as co-editor of Road and Track magazine in Australia has earned him a well respected position within the world of motor journalism. is a new premium online car magazine for connoisseurs of cars.
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Lee Severino

Miramare Garden’s talented Executive chef now joins The Italian Guide crew as our guide to Italian food. Lee fell in love with hospitality setting tables at the original Miramare at 11 years old but it wasn’t until he got his hands dirty in the kitchen that he realised he’d truly found his calling.

Lee’s career has seen him graduating from working in luxury hotels to running his own restaurants, delis and cafйs and has built his life around sourcing and preparing truly premium dishes. His expertise, combined with world-class kitchens, make dining at Miramare Gardens an experience in itself.

“Whether you choose a light cocktail menu or a seven-course banquet, you and your guests will remember the food at your event for all the very best of reasons”, says Lee. Find out more about Miramare gardens at

Kylie Sandstrom

Born and bred on the Gold Coast, Kylie Sandstrom has joined the team as our Queensland correspondent, reporting on all things Italian in the Sunshine State.

During the past few years, Kylie has completed numerous acting and presenting courses, training with television personalities such as Lachlan Daddo, Benita Collings and Paul Barry. She has worked on countless television and film sets as an extra, most notably as a regular nurse on Channel 7’s ‘All Saints’.
Kylie has travelled extensively throughout the world, including the US, France, Asia, the UK, and of course Rome, enjoying the beauty of the Colleseo, Vatican City, Tivoli Fountain and reveled in the Italian culture.

Having experienced the Italian culture in Italy, like many Australians, Kylie seeks and enjoys elements of Italian culture in Australia. It is her outsider's look into a different culture that adds realism and excitement to The Italian Guide.

Emilia Pelosi


Emilia Pelosi is an actress, journalist and producer. She studied a Media and Communications degree at the UNSW and later went on to complete a diploma of teaching and various acting and presenting courses. Emilia worked at radio station 2SSR-FM for 6 years, preparing, producing and presenting her own programme MusicA+, both in English and Italian. Currently Emilia has become the new host of SBS radio show "Spirito Libero".


Emilia continues her work as a freelance journalist and producer alongside and for programmes such as The Italian Guide and TVI, a programme producer for RAI International. In 2008 she worked as an assistant producer and  translator for TV station SAT2000 during World Youth Day.


Emilia has a passion for the arts. As an actress she works for Carbon Comedy which presents theatre, mostly Commedia dell’Arte in both Italian and English. She also enjoys acting in and directing short films. Emilia teamed with her sister, Lucy, as contestants on series 2 of Amazing Race Australia and quickly established themselves as audience favourites. For more information please visit


Key Personnel

Giovanni Albanese
Executive Producer

Giovanni Albanese is Company Director of Alba Productions, an all-Australian production company producing television programmes, documentaries, films and events for both the domestic and international markets. As Creator and Executive Producer, his latest production The Italian Guide, is a weekly half-hour television programme exploring Italian lifestyle and culture around the world. The Italian Guide has been broadcast throughout Australia and New Zealand on both Free View and Pay TV and was the inspiration behind the creation of Motori Italiani, Australia’s largest indoor all Italian motor show. Giovanni and his team have collaborated with some of the largest festival organisers throughout Australia and are responsible for bringing Academy Award Winner Sophia Loren to Sydney.

Giovanni has been a part of the television industry in Australia for over 20 years, working for every major Free to Air Television network and pay TV Provider in Australia. His career began as a multi skilled production Camera Operator in regional TV. As is common practice in regional stations his duties extended from, audio and lighting both on location and in studio, as well as Post Production, to working with the News Teams shooting and editing stories. That multi-skilled position put him ahead of his game, leading him to other roles within the television industry throughout the country. Working within all broadcast operation areas such as VT, Studio VT, Outside Broadcasting, Broadcast Services, Presentation and Master Control, as well as Post Production linear and nonlinear environments and Multi Media file preparation and delivery.

The Italian Guide 2006 - 2014