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

4.96 (47 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. Mirella and Stefano aim to offer you the best Italian online cooking class experience!

  • In this Italian online cooking class, learn to make Gnocchi with Tuscan Ragù Sauce and Tiramisu
  • Private online Italian cooking class, one-on-one instruction with a 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
  • Learn Italian cooking online from the comforts of your home!
  • Mirella's live online Italian cooking classes are suitable for couples, family, beginners and children
What will you cook together
  • Menu for your authentic online Italian cooking class:
  • Gnocchi with Tuscan Ragù Sauce
  • Tiramisu
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  • Ingredients for your online Italian cooking lessons:
  • 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


Other Classes From This Host

Online Class Reviews
4.96 (47 Reviews)
Jenny 18 February 2022
"My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our cooking class w/ Mirella & Stefano! They were incredibly patient, funny, and informative. We would do it again!"
Annie 16 February 2022
"Mirella was a lovely hostess and her son was wonderful too! An easy and oh so tasty meal we were able to prepare with her help. And, if we are invited to her home!"
Rebecca 15 February 2022
"We loved Mirella's pasta class! Making the pasta and sauces was so much fun - and they would be easy to try on our own! Mirella taught us some Italian words and traditions too. We joined from our own kitchens, so it was a great way to get together with friends separated by distance. It truly felt like we traveled to Italy for the afternoon!!"
Chris 7 February 2022
"It was a lot of fun."
Chris 29 January 2022
"Mirella and Stefano were wonderful! We had a lot of fun and learned!"
Darryl 9 January 2022
"I loved the cooking class, great easy to follow instructions and was so cool to share cooking from both our kitchens - very personal experience that I will come back again for."
Jill 3 January 2022
"Mirella and her family were wonderful! We learned quite a lot about how to make authentic Italian pasta and are grateful for her guidance."
Jill 3 January 2022
"Mirella and her family were wonderful! We learned quite a lot about how to make authentic Italian pasta and are grateful for her guidance."
Elizabeth 1 January 2022
"We had a great time taking this virtual pasta making class! Mirella was very knowledgable about the recipes. We came away with more than two meals worth of pasta and the knowledge to be able to make it again."
Mirella 31 December 2021
"Mirella, her husband and nephew were all such gracious hosts! The recipe directions were very clear and straight forward. The class was a gift, and it was loved by all of us. We would 100% recommend this class!"
Kiva 22 December 2021
"Mirella and her nephew were welcoming hosts, and my sister and I had a great time! The timing was pretty tight to get everything done, even with us having done a decent amount of prep ahead of time, as Mirella suggested. It all worked out, so not a big deal, just wanted to pass along a potential point of improvement. Still a great class!"
Elizabeth 6 December 2021
"Mirella was an excellent host! We had a great time following along to make two different types of pasta and sauce. I had made pasta before this but learned lots that I didn't know. I would definitely recommend taking her class!"
Julia 23 November 2021
"Thanks for a wonderful cooking lesson! We learned a lot and had fun."
Sydney 12 August 2021
"Ms Mirella is the perfect chef and host you want to indulge in a Italian cooking class with. Not only did she guide us through 2 delicious meals, but took us on a tour of her balcony and garden. She is the sweetest human and makes you want to jump right through the computer to be with her, and cook with her. Take her class!!!"
Louise 9 August 2021
"I really enjoyed the class and it was so great to be taught by a local right from their kitchen at home! Mirella was so lovely and kept pace with us throughout the class, even as a larger group."
Narani 8 August 2021
"Mirella was so talented and provided an enjoyable, informative class. She was so warm and friendly and it felt like we were welcomed into her home. The food was absolutely delicious and she was accommodating of all dietary requirements, including addition of a new sauce for vegetarians so we had the option to cook both. Loved every moment of this experience."
Lisa 8 August 2021
"We had a great experience in our group cooking class. Mirella was delightful and even showed us around her Italian garden. It made me wish i was in Italy."
Shuna and Diann 22 May 2021
"Mirella's cooking experience was so fun! We had two other friends join us and it was truly a highlight for the year! Mirella made us feel so welcome even through a virtual experience. She "walked" us through her Kitchen and Aromatica Gardens on her property before class. She was fun, patient and shared many things about Italian cooking as we prepared our food together. Her nephew was there to help with translation if needed and he added some fun information as well. We shared a toast together, much laughter and delicious food! We are still sharing and talking about this class with others and look forward to meeting her in person someday! Grazie Mille!!!"
Cassie 18 May 2021
"Mirella and her family were amazing. The class was a lot of fun and they helped us through the rolling of the dough and all the steps with ease. They were a very nice family to get to know, and my entire family enjoyed the experience immensely."
Morgan 17 May 2021
"Mirella and her husband and nephew were amazing! She was so entertaining and funny with the banter between our families. We had 6 separate screens and she did a wonderful job teaching all of us and explaining the history! She also made so many jokes it made us feel like she was family in our own kitchen. We loved it! Thank you Mirella!! Oh and the food was AMAZING of course!"
Bill 17 May 2021
"This was a lot of fun and very instructive. Mirella did a great job of describing and explaining - the views of her herb garden were inspiring, and she was a delightful host."
Kiran 25 April 2021
"Mirella was a great host. She helped make adjustments for a vegetarian in our group and the end result was delicious! Would highly recommend for a corporate or group event."
Lucy 12 April 2021
"Mirella is kind and thoughtful, as well as an extremely good teacher. I learned so much from class. I am inspired to keep taking classes through Traveling Spoon because this one was such an amazing experience. I would recommend this class to anyone who wants to try a cooking class, and especially people who are just beginning. Mirella made this class fun, and with her husband there to help as well, it was easy and enjoyable."
Lucy 12 April 2021
"Mirella is kind and thoughtful, as well as an extremely good teacher. I learned so much from class. I am inspired to keep taking classes through Traveling Spoon because this one was such an amazing experience. I would recommend this class to anyone who wants to try a cooking class, and especially people who are just beginning. Mirella made this class fun, and with her husband there to help as well, it was easy and enjoyable."
Susan 2 April 2021
"What a wonderful morning we spent cooking with Mirella & Stephano cooking gnocchi, Tuscan ragu and tiramisu. The house smelled delicious all afternoon! It was a great multi generational experience for my stepdaughter, 2 teenage grand daughters and me. Mirella provided helpful instructions in advance, and guided us as we cooked. I feel confident enough to make the recipes again on my own. Gracie Mirella!"
Amelia 31 March 2021
"We took a wonderful gnocchi making class with Mirella. We made pillowy gnocchi and flavorful ragu, topped off with tiramisu --Yum! Mirella was a lovely teacher and hostess. Her pre-class recipes were easy to follow and in-class instructions clear and helpful. Very fun time!"
Kelly 30 March 2021
"We loved Mirella! She was a fantastic host! We all were a little nervous making tiramisu, which seemed so challenging, but with her direction it was very easy to make and we’ll definitely be able to recreate this recipe!"
Micheal 30 March 2021
"Mirella was a wonderful host and great teacher. Her recipes are delicious and were easy for us to follow. She did a fantastic job helping us through the recipes and made a special effort to tell us about her neighborhood outside Florence, giving the whole experience an authentic Italian flavor. We prepared Gnudi, bruschetta, and fried vegetables, all of which were fun to make and a pleasure to eat!"
Emma 29 March 2021
"Mirella was a wonderful teacher. She was enthusiastic and very engaging. Overall her class was amazing and I would highly recommend."
Anastasija and Nikola 23 March 2021
"The virtual cooking class was a delight! Mirella was very pleasant, helpful and informative with many interesting side stories. She was really able to make the experience authentic, despite the online format. The communication was perfect. Last, but not least, the food was delicious!"
Joy 3 March 2021
"Mirella was wonderful! Well organized, efficient, friendly, helpful. Loved that I could do cooking class with family in different states, since I can’t be with them in person."
Mimi 28 February 2021
"Fantastic experience -Mirella was an exceptional hostess! Her gentle guidance and warm personality made it fun and personable. The resulting masterpiece was delicious and the tips she shared were priceless!"
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."
15 June 2020
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$50 initial guest
+ $30 each additional screen (min 3, max 9)
3 Guests Minimum to book
  • 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