Marie-Louise Scìo talks more personal taste

The Pellicano hotel group’s creative director concludes her list of likes with shopping in Soho, Tuscan red wine and Pomellato rings

Marie-Louise Sciò at home in Rome
Marie-Louise Sciò at home in Rome | Image: Mattia Zoppellaro

My style icon is Robert Rabensteiner, fashion editor at L’Uomo Vogue. To me style is like a good recipe – you need the right amount and balance of ingredients: personality, how you carry yourself, innate good taste and effortlessness. Robert is absolutely elegant inside and out.

The objects I would never part with are the two rings that are my style signifiers, made by Pomellato. Beyond this, I’m aiming to not have any attachment to objects.

Robert Rabensteiner, fashion editor of L’Uomo Vogue
Robert Rabensteiner, fashion editor of L’Uomo Vogue | Image: Getty Images

If I had to limit my shopping to one neighbourhood in one city, I’d choose London’s Soho. Alex Eagle’s shop on Lexington Street is great – all her stores are great. She stocks Rosetta Getty, Blazé Milano blazers, unique records, vintage finds, super collaborations and beautiful furniture. I love her cultured and offbeat aesthetic. I also love going to APC for its simple, no-frills approach to quality design; Jean Touitou did an amazing series of black dresses with tanned leather pieces that are to die for. Aesop always gets a visit, for the store itself as well as the products. I find the face masks good and the Geranium Leaf Body Wash is super. And of course, Savile Row and Liberty are close by too. Aesop, 41 Lexington Street, W1 (020-7734 8580; Alex Eagle, 6-10 Lexington Street, W1 (020-7589 0588; APC, 48 Lexington Street, W1 (020-7287 9659; Liberty, Regent Street, W1 (020-7734

The books on my bedside table are Limonov by Emmanuel Carrère, Mr Palomar by Italo Calvino and I Am That by the Hindu scholar and philosopher Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj, which I read daily.


In my fridge you’ll always find hummus, rice milk, tomatoes, yoghurt and coffee.

The last meal that truly impressed me was at Da Ascanio, on the beach in Maccarese, near Rome. Gherardo Gaetani and the genius Paolo Parisi, a chef-supplier known as “the king of eggs”, were the guest chefs, and they cooked the most incredible spaghetti with clams in this huge pan on the beach – their version of vongolata. The process was so old-school, simple and of the highest quality. L’Archa da Ascanio, Via Praia a Mare 157, Maccarese (+3933-9520 6478).

Alex Eagle in Lexington Street, Soho
Alex Eagle in Lexington Street, Soho | Image: Rosella Degori

An indulgence I would never forgo is a glass of good Tuscan red wine while reading a book. Terre a Mano, a carmignano produced by Fattoria di Bacchereto, is an honest, beautiful natural wine; and I love the Brunello di Montalcino made by Poggio di Sotto. Terre a Mano, from £27; Poggio di Sotto Brunello di Montalcino 2009, £430 for a case of six;

If I didn’t live in Rome, the city I would live in is London, because it’s vibrant with contemporary culture. There is so much to see, hear, eat – all my passions. I love the National Portrait Gallery, Sadie Coles, Pilar Corrias’s gallery and the David Roberts Art Foundation in Camden. I like to walk in Holland Park, Battersea and Notting Hill, with its view of the brutalist Trellick Tower; I love Fergus Henderson’s restaurant St John. And I love that my favourite record shops, Rough Trade and Found and Vision, are there. David Roberts Art Foundation, 37 Camden High Street, NW1 (020-7383 3004; Found and Vision, 104 Golborne Road, W10 (020-3620 5755; National Portrait Gallery, St Martin’s Place, WC2 (020-7306 0055; Pilar Corrias, 54 Eastcastle Street, W1 ( Rough Trade, 130 Talbot Road, W11 (020-7229 8541; Sadie Coles HQ, 62 Kingly Street, W1 (020-7493 8611; St John, 26 St John Street, EC1 (020-7251 0848;

Immunity by Jon Hopkins
Immunity by Jon Hopkins

The last music I downloaded was Jon Hopkins’ album Immunity. I’ve always loved electronic music, and he is a brilliant composer. He has a classical piano background, which evolved into his playing full-on electronic compositions. The album is amazing from start to finish.

The one artist whose work I would collect if I could is Gian Lorenzo Bernini; I would collect his sculptures. That would be in addition to my imaginary collection of abstract expressionists, Giotto frescoes and works by Andrea Mantegna and, of course.


My favourite room in my house is the living room in my place in Rome. I live up on the hill in Gianicolo and have a view of the whole city, which is magnificent. I could stay at home for days, because in this room you feel as if you are out of doors. It faces east so I see the most glorious sunrise every morning, and the moon rising at night. It’s decorated in a mixed style – silver and black Coptic tiled floors and pink velvet couches, with some Mies van der Rohe and Ponti furniture.

The people I rely on for personal grooming are all over the place. I get my hair cut in Paris by David Mallett, or in Milan by Pier Giuseppe Moroni; and I swear by my facialist Claudia Ferretti at Centrodermoestetica in Rome. Before I met her I was never into that much of a beauty routine, but she got me hooked. Claudia Ferretti, Via Bevagna 14, 00191 Rome (+3906-9604 6118; David Mallett, 14 Rue de Notre Dame des Victoires, 75002 Paris ( Pier Giuseppe Moroni, Via San Pietro all’Orto 26, 20121 Milan (

If I weren’t doing what I do, I would be in the music business in some shape or form. Back at school, I wanted to design album covers for the Mo’Wax record label. Music is such an important part of my life. I work with music, drive, wake up and go to sleep with it. I lose myself in the architecture of sound; it brings me to other dimensions.

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