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Learn to make Gnocchi and Tiramisu in a private online class!

4.93 (15 Reviews)
Approximately 1.5 hours
English or Italian

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Your host Mirella
Mirella and her husband Stefano are passionate about teaching Italian pasta making from scratch and they are delighted to share their knowledge about food, its preparation and its Florentine and Tuscan history. Mirella and Stefano (her partner in life and in the kitchen!) live in a small town called Antella located in the South of Florence. The town is in the Chiantigiana area and is surrounded by the Chianti Hills. Mirella's love for food and cooking comes from her paternal grandmother (nonna) who she used to help in the kitchen as a young child. As an adult she began trying out her nonna's recipes for herself. Her grandmother was a highly skilled top chef and an expert in the history of Florentine cuisine from the Renaissance period. After Mirella completed her schooling, she decided to follow her passion and enrolled at the Istituto Alberghiero in Florence, a school which trains you to work in restaurants and hotels. Over the years she has worked in several restaurants, hotels and schools. Given her vast experience she often had to accommodate special dietary needs such as gluten or lactose intolerance and frequently prepared meals for people of different religions or for vegetarians and vegans. On days when her husband Stefano is available, he will also join you for your experience. Like Mirella's, Stefano’s love for cooking began in his childhood. He was born into a family of pastry chefs who owned several high-quality patisseries in Florence where Stefano learned the trade. As an adult he followed his other passions when he opened a winery and later a restaurant in Elba.

Highlights
  • Learn to make gnocchi and a classic Italian dessert, tiramisu
  • Private, one-on-one online instruction with a lovely Florence resident
  • Scheduled mutually at your convenience (host lives in Florence, Italy (GMT+2))
  • Mirella prefers hosting at 7pm her time at the latest but can make 8pm work on occasion
  • Customization available for dietary restrictions or preferences
  • Recipes and ingredients list will be emailed in advance of class
  • Travel from your own home and learn Italian culinary traditions!
What will you cook together
  • Gnocchi with Tuscan Ragù Sauce
  • Tiramisu
Ingredients
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  • 1 lb (500 g) white potatoes
  • 1 cup (125 g) flour
  • 3/4 stick (80 g) butter
  • Salt
  • Grated parmesan to taste
  • 1 red onion, finely chopped
  • 2 carrots, finely diced
  • 1 rib celery, finely diced
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 lb (450 g) ground beef or sausage
  • 1 glass (175 ml) red wine
  • 21 oz (600 g) tomato sauce or peeled tomatoes
  • A few grinds of fresh black pepper
  • 1 pack Savoiardi biscuits (Ladyfinger cookies)
  • 1 cup (250 g) mascarpone cheese
  • 2 eggs, separated
  • 4 tbsp sugar
  • 2 cups espresso coffee
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder

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Online Class Reviews
4.93 (15 Reviews)
Valerie 25 February 2021
"Mirella Calvelli is an excellent host. She audibly and visually explains the process thoroughly. She is very genuinely excited to educate and makes you feel that you are a welcome guest in her home. I highly recommend her and the Traveling Spoon as a wonderful experience."
Clare 23 February 2021
"My coworkers and I took a cooking class from Mirella and it was a great experience. Mirella is an excellent host and teacher and explained all of the steps clearly. She made our cooking experience so enjoyable. It was also nice to be introduced to her family during the class. I would highly recommend Mirella’s cooking class!"
Rachel 22 February 2021
"Mirella was an amazing host. Her class was so much fun and the food we made together tasted amazing. She was super friendly and nice and very informative throughout the entire class. I would love to take another class with her!"
Dawn 21 February 2021
"Mirella is a warm and gracious chef/hostess. Her gnocchi and ragu were a big hit with my family! The tiramisu was both delicious and elegant. Mirella provided very detailed recipes and suggestions for some advanced preparation which maximized the use of our time together. She confirmed our progress before proceeding to each new step. Mirella also provided many helpful tips as well as suggestions for modifying the recipes, making them extremely versatile. We enjoyed meeting Mirella’s husband Stefano and nephew, Daniele who participated also. Communication in English was perfect and the Zoom platform worked well."
Mimi 21 February 2021
"Absolutely!! We had a fantastic experience with Mirella and are looking forward to our next one! She was the ultimate hostess and the pace was perfect! My daughter and daughter in law cooked with us and we all loved it! Bravo Mirella!"
Maura 21 February 2021
"Mirella was friendly, helpful, and very knowledgeable. We had so much fun taking her class and the food was delicious!"
Angela 2 February 2021
"We had a lot of fun with Mirella. We did this class for a friend's birthday at our house and even with screaming children in the background, we made it work. The food was delicious and Mirella, her husband and her son were so much fun."
Kirsten 18 January 2021
"Mirella was the perfect host chef...charming, knowledgeable, collaborative and well-prepared. She shared valuable tips for better cooking. And all 3 recipes were truly delicious. The pre-session instructions, ingredient lists and email communication were all easy to follow and helpful to get started. I highly recommend Mirella!"
Stacey 16 January 2021
"My kids and I had such an enjoyable experience with Mirella. She’s lovely and it was nice having her husband and nephew around to demonstrate and help out. We made food that we’ve never attempted before and it was absolutely delicious. This was an all around fun and worthwhile experience."
Matthew 28 September 2020
"Best pesto we have ever made. Mirella was a great teacher and helped us learn how to can pasta sauces. It was great!!!"
Jennifer Atkinson 20 August 2020
"Mirella was a kind and knowledgeable. I wish that we could have been in the same kitchen with her!"
Julia Handel 18 August 2020
"Mirella was such a great teacher! She explained the process, was so warm, and it made me want to go to Italy ASAP. The whole family helped, and I love them all!!"
Olivia B. 19 June 2020
"I had a fantastic experience learning how to make two different kinds of pasta. I was even able to make it without a pasta maker. Mirella was super friendly and a wonderful instructor. "
Anonymous 15 June 2020
"Mirella was an awesome host! She was extremely patient, kind, and the pasta we made together was delicious. I would highly recommend this class to anyone who is looking for a fun experience."
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HOW IT WORKS
  • Submit your request and payment and receive confirmation details and recipe (typically within 48 hours)
  • Meet your host online at your agreed time for your private cooking lesson!
  • Free cancellation up to 48 hours before event