No she’s not a Contessa, and she doesn’t go barefoot. But if you’re wondering why Ina chose that name for her show, it’s actually based on a store she used to own.
Barefoot Contessa is the name of a classic movie from the 1950′s with Humphrey Bogart and Ava Gardner. When I bought the store in 1978, it was called Barefoot Contessa. The former owner is Italian and her family called her the Barefoot Contessa when she was young. It’s about being elegant and earthy which is what we’re about.”