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Learn to make Italian Pasta and Dessert in a private online class!

4.83 (6 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 fresh ravioli pasta 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!
  • You will need a rolling pin or pasta machine, a whisk (electric or regular) and a food mill or blender - you don't need a pasta maker if you have a rolling pin but it would be less laborious if you have one
  • If you'd like to make a ragu with ground beef or sausage instead of a fresh tomato sauce, include your preference when booking. Additional ingredients needed would be 2 carrots, 1 celery stalk, red wine, tomato sauce and ground beef or sausage.
What will you cook together
  • Spinach ravioli with a fresh tomato sauce
  • Tiramisu
Ingredients
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  • 300 g (2 1/4 cups) flour
  • 5 eggs
  • A pinch of salt
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 3-4 ripe medium sized tomatoes, chopped (preferably Pachino or any sweet, meaty and fragrant tomato)
  • 1 medium red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 glass white wine (optional in the summertime when tomatoes are perfectly ripe)
  • 1 sprig fresh oregano (or 1 tsp dried oregano)
  • 1 tsp crushed chili flakes or to taste
  • 10-12 fresh basil leaves
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 450 g (1 lb) spinach (thawed, if frozen and blanched, if fresh)
  • 300 g (1 cup) ricotta cheese
  • 50 g (1/2 cup plus a little more for garnish) parmesan cheese, grated
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 pack Savoiardi biscuits (Ladyfinger cookies)
  • If you can’t find Ladyfingers or sponge fingers, you can use sponge cake or angel food cake cut into 4-inch long and 1/2 – inch wide pieces and dry them in the oven at 250 degrees
  • 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
4.83 (6 Reviews)
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