Meet Natalie Stone

…and Give Her a Nick Name!

Here’s the deal:

About a year ago, Natalie Stone decided to heed the advice of her wonderful husband Anthony. “Quit your job and do whatever makes Natalie happy,” he said. So she did. She left a six-figure corporate job in financing to pursue her dreams.

Natalie had two ambitions throughout life: to establish a biscotti business and to become an actress.

Yes, they seem like diametrically opposed ambitions but in today’s world of reality this and virtual that, anything is possible. And if there’s one thing I know about Natalie, ANYthing she decides to make possible is more than probable, it’s going to happen.

In less than a year, Natalie has been on numerous auditions and hired for various acting gigs. She’s appeared in commercials, TV stints, as an extra here and there–most notably on HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire,” where she had an opportunity to don her favorite early 20th Century look–and perhaps her biggest gig to date as a competitor in Bravo’s “Rocco’s Dinner Party” series. Natalie’s segment airs this Wednesday at 10:00 pm Eastern. [Take a peak at the trailer for this week's episode of Rocco's Dinner Party.]

During this time, she successfully launched Bella’s Biscotti, named after her daughter Isabella. Her signature biscotti are available on-line and in specialty shops across South Jersey. Natalie has also taken them on the road, as merchant at vendor events and festivals.

I’ve had Natalie on Cucina Chatter as a guest a few times and she’s a hoot. I look forward to her becoming a regular. Because Natalie’s rise in the specialty baking business and acting world is so rapid, I thought I’d Google her to see what media outlets are following this shooting star. [Links to articles about Natalie Stone: South Philly Review, Philadelphia Daily News]

To my surprise, I found another Natalie Stone, on IMDb no less!

OUCH! This is going to be confusing for my friend. And I bet the other actress is using Natalie Stone as a stage name!

What would you do if you were in this situation? I would not change my name, but I might set myself apart by adding a descriptive nickname.


Give Natalie Stone a Nickname!

We’re running another Cucina Chatter contest. Last month we played name the baby. Una Mamma Italiana named her newborn Giuliana Carmela and Mel Sarnese won a copy of “Gravy Wars: South Philly Foods, Feuds & Attytudes.”

This time we’re asking Cucina Chatter followers and listeners to give Natalie a nickname.

The rules:

  1. You must watch “Rocco’s Dinner Party” on Bravo this Wednesday night, July 20, 2011 to get a feel for Natalie’s personality.
  2. After watching the show, log onto this site to submit your nickname for Natalie. No submissions will appear on this blog before 11:00pm EDT, July 20, 2011.
  3. Valid entrees are those that appear as comments to this blog post only. Facebook submissions will not be eligible for a prize.
  4. The winner will receive a signed copy of “Gravy Wars: South Philly Foods, Feuds & Attytudes” plus unlimited bragging rights. What did you expect, a million bucks? It’s just for fun! :-)

What I truly love about Natalie is that she is inspiring and very real. Natalie is proof that anything is possible in life regardless the hand you’re dealt.

Buona Fortuna!


11 Responses to “Meet Natalie Stone”

  1. December 2, 2011 at 12:47 pm #

    How about “No fugazie: The real Natalie Stone”

  2. August 1, 2011 at 7:15 pm #

    …and the winner is (drum roll, please)…Kate Porter!

    Natalie might not, ok will not, use the entire moniker Sassy-Silly-Saucy-Sicilian, but of the choices Saucy Sicilian seemed to have the nicest ring. So, Kate wins a copy of “Gravy Wars: South Philly Foods, Feuds & Attytudes.”

    Congratulations Kate!

    Thanks everyone for getting involved and making this fun!

  3. Mark andreotti
    July 27, 2011 at 12:36 pm #

    Why not challenge the “other” Natalie Stone to a cage match, with the winner keeping the name, while the loser has to change their name to “Shirley Spagetti”…

  4. July 27, 2011 at 10:16 am #

    Great reponses! Sassy Silly Saucy has me dyin’! Not my decision though!! All you , Ms. Ranalli!

  5. Paul Campano
    July 26, 2011 at 2:21 pm #

    Correction “Mazzu” my bad!!

  6. Paul Campano
    July 26, 2011 at 2:20 pm #

    I would suggest that Natalie return to her maiden name “Muzza”,
    no disrespect to her current name.

    It would seem that there is a back story to her maiden name, growing up in a house with two kitchen, the spark of being around food in a traditional Italian home. etc.

    I believe the that the story of her upbringing is a believable story that an agent or network could run with plus it is something a viewer would find memorable.


  7. July 26, 2011 at 9:17 am #

    My darling, hurricane, should be named…
    “Rocco’s Nemesis”….as she has been;
    so she shall be!!
    Love the woman who leaves behind a
    wake of hysterical joy behind her as she
    Cuts through the Living Water of Life!!!
    XO. <333 .OX

  8. Kate Porter
    July 26, 2011 at 4:59 am #

    I always call her Cindy Martha Stewart-Crawford, but now having seen this episode of Rocco’s dinner party, I have to say she is Sassy-Silly-Saucy-Sicilian.

    I adore her!

  9. Jeff West
    July 21, 2011 at 9:06 am #

    Natalie was certainly the “Spicy Sicilian” on Dinner Party. And Vanessa played the part of her foil to a tee. Perhaps a new show with Vanessa and Natalie is in order… The Spicy Sicilian and the Wet Noodle.

  10. Jim Vanore
    July 21, 2011 at 8:46 am #

    After watching the show, the name, “Sicilian Scorcher” came to mind.

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