The class starts at 11:00 a.m. at Alla Madonna del piatto. You will need your own car or a taxi to reach us.
We begin with a tasting of our own extra-virgin olive oil, followed by black truffle pâté and aged balsamic vinegar. If the weather is pleasant we might walk to our herb garden and revise the use of both wild and cultivated herbs in Italian cooking. In the fall, we might pick fresh figs from our trees. We’ll end the tasting with a glass of wine and a tutorial on how to stock your Italian pantry with quality ingredients including shopping tips.
We then proceed to the kitchen to start the hands-on portion of the lesson. Here we put on aprons, assemble around our old farmhouse table, and begin making ravioli, tagliatelle, or lasagne and their wonderful sauces. Winter might bring inspiration for a risotto or vegetable soup and summer for an eggplant parmigiana or for “sartu”, an exquisite rice timbale. I also try to accommodate special requests for those with dietary restrictions, e.g. vegetarian or gluten-free.
You will also prepare a dessert: panna cotta with a sour cherry compote or a cantaloupe melon mousse, for example. At the end of the class, you can enjoy the results of your cooking efforts outdoors on our panoramic terrace (weather permitting) or by the fireplace in our cozy dining room.
After the class, which ends generally between 2:30 and 3:30 p.m., you will have enough time for a leisurely visit of Assisi, which is at only 15 min. drive from our house.
Practical information and reviews
Cooking classes are available twice a week on weekdays. Programmes are offered March to November, for a minimum of two people starting at 120 Euro per person. Classes might be available for groups of at least 5-6 people during other times of the year, please inquire with us.
Classes are small, so you will have personalized attention and one-on-one instruction. Lessons are given at a leisurely pace and focus on only a few recipes at a time. Recipes can be reproduced with normal home equipment. To get an idea about the delicious dishes you will be preparing here, please see our blog and videos.
Our cookery classes have been published in the Seattle Times, Food and Wine Magazine and National Geographic as one of Italy’s top cooking schools. Over the years we have been published and reviewed on Travel and Leisure magazine, Dream of Italy, The Independent, Tastes of Italia, Destination Travel Magazine, Hotelchatter, Lonely Planet, Footprint, Slowtravel, Europe for Visitors, Fodor’s and Frommer’sTalk. Letizia has been recently interviewed on How to tour Italy Online Radio.
tel.: + 39 075 8199050
cell: + 39 3287025297
Classes fill up quickly in May and September, please make sure to reserve in advance. Please note that no classes are available during week-ends and bank holidays.