My name is Tess Vella, I’m just a gal living it up in Dayton:  a little city in Ohio that’s in the midst of an urban upswing.  I’ve got a very handsome husband, and an (unfortunately, toothless) but equally handsome cat named Tim and Pas de Chat, respectively.

I’ve spent most of my life in the restaurant business, smiling at diners, slinging drinks, and learning to appreciate the finer things in life; though sometimes on a tuna can budget.

Some of my favorite things include champagne, coffee, red lipstick, and my bathrobe.  Here on Ciao Vella you’ll get a little insight into my simply fabulous life, my thoughts on food and drink, and watch me fumble through being a 30 something.  I hope you enjoy!