Cookies! They are not just something we eat.
Learn to make two types of pasta, spaghetti and tortelli
Private, one-on-one online instruction with a Florence resident
Scheduled mutually at your convenience (host lives in Florence, Italy (GMT+2))
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 don't need a pasta maker but it would make it easier if you have one.
If you'd like to make a ragu with ground beef or sausage instead of a fresh tomato sauce, let Mirella know ahead of time. Additional ingredients needed would be 2 carrots, 1 celery stalk, red wine, tomato sauce and ground beef or sausage.
WHAT WILL YOU COOK TOGETHER:
Homemade spaghetti in a fresh tomato sauce
Tortelli, potato-filled pasta in a sage and butter sauce
600 g flour
A pinch of salt
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
3 tbsp butter
3-4 ripe tomatoes, chopped (preferably Pachino or any sweet, meaty and fragrant tomato)
1 red onion, chopped
1 glass white wine
1 sprig fresh oregano (or 1 tsp dried oregano)
1 tsp crushed chili flakes or to taste
10-12 fresh basil leaves
10-12 fresh sage leaves
2-3 medium potatoes
2 tbsp parmesan cheese, grated
1/2 tsp nutmeg
Salt and pepper to taste
About your host
The aim of Mirella’s cooking class is to share her knowledge about food, its preparation and its Florentine and Tuscan history. Mirella lives with her husband Stefano (her partner in life and in the kitchen!) 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.
$25 initial guest
+ $15 each additional screen
HOW IT WORKS
Submit a request and get connected with your host
Pay invoice sent to your email and receive confirmation details and class link
Meet your host online at your agreed time for your private cooking lesson!