Valerio Piccolo is a translator, singer-songwriter and sommelier.
All in just one lifetime.
Born in Caserta, he has lived in Rome for over twenty years and after transplanting parts of his activities between the Eastand West coasts of the United states, he often has one foot (or two) abroad.
To date, as a translator he has adapted over 300 films for Italian dubbing and has worked on films by some of the greatest directors such as Steven Spielberg, Quentin Tarantino, David Lynch, and Ridley Scott among others. In 2017 he won the Gran Premio Internazionale del Doppiaggio (International Grand Prize of Dubbing, the highest honour in its category), and in 2018 he received the Anello d’Oro at the Voci nell’Ombra Festival (The International Dubbing Festival).
As a musician he has recorded five records between Italy and the United States in collaboration with legends in American music such as Suzanne Vega. He has performed at important festivals like the Brooklyn Book Festival and Voci per la Libertà, sponsored by Amnesty International Italy.
As a sommelier, he began curating the wine menus for various Italian and American restaurants in the early 2000s, including the then “starred”La Rosetta restaurant in Rome. He was also one of the wine tasters for the first three editions of the Vini Buoni d’Italia guide.
In 2020, he shook up all of these life ingredients together and voilà, Garbata.