"WE MUST SPEAK NOW..."

Mozzarella Bella and the English Fella

Roma e amor, Rome is love, lies & murder...

The story is set over seven days in the Eternal City. Seven incredible days that will change the lives of Charlie, Maria and Mozzarella Bella, forever. 


Charlie is an English student seeking to sell his sketches to enter an end-of-course exhibition at the Accademia and the chance to win a fully funded year of study in Rome. Only the tourists in the Via della Verita, the Street of Truth, don't seem interested in Charlie’s work and Police Chief Romano is making his life, and that of everybody else in the street, a misery. 


Romano has been invoking an ancient by-law that forbids the bar and restaurant owners from feeding the feral cats that populate his district in the city of Rome. He has closed down nearly every business in the Via della Verita except La Margherita, a pizzeria run by the widower, Toni, and his disabled daughter, Maria. But Romano is biding his time.

 

Maria has to care for her father and run the family pizzeria, as well as complete her own studies at the Accademia. This has caused her to lose contact with all her friends leaving her feeling somewhat lost and alone.


Bella is a tortoiseshell cat. She had to leave her home town of Naples after inadvertently killing another cat in a street fight. Bella earns her nickname - Mozzarella Bella - from Toni who feeds all the cats leftovers from the pizzeria, a practice that earns him the wrath of Romano.


This is a story about three outsiders who find love and discover true friendship in Rome - the Eternal City, which holds up a mirror to the heart and keeps the darkest of secrets: Roma e Amor - Rome is Love, and lies and murder... But the real truth is known only to the Gattara, the old cat woman, only she knows the truth... and there is no such thing as just another day in Rome.

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