By Lisa Petrillo

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MIAMI BEACH (CBSMiami) — The South Beach Wine and Food  Festival celebrated 17 years here in South Florida recently.  One top chef, author and TV personality has been a regular at the festival for many years, Giada De Laurentiis.

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CBS4’s Lisa Petrillo caught up with Giada the night she hosted Barilla Italian Bites on the Beach, when she was given a key to the city by Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber.

DeLaurentiis talked to Petrillo about why she comes to the festival every year, her busy career which includes a new cookbook coming out in later this month and her favorite, easy Italian dishes she makes at home.

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Check out this weekend’s edition of Taste of the Town’s Digital Bite.

Lisa Petrillo