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Cooking Class Paola in Chianti

Paola Cooking Class

at my home in Chianti



 Book a Cooking class in Chianti, a unique experience to learn how to cook traditional Tuscan and creative dishes using local and genuine products; at the end of the lesson you’ll eat and taste the unique flavor of the home-made Tuscan food.

Take part of the Cooking lesson in Chianti region at my home in Talente—municipality of San Casciano Val di Pesa—a small country village located in a typical Chianti region landscape in the heart of Tuscany surrounded by vineyards and century old olive trees, only 2,5 miles away from San Casciano and 12 miles away from Florence downtown.

My home is a medieval age building that has been recently renovated leaving unchanged the historical part of the house as wooden beams, terracotta floor and stone arcade.

Experience the opportunity of cooking with an opened window overlooking the Chianti hills and Tuscan landscape using genuine products of my garden: saffron, lemon, basil, oregano, mint, chives, olive oil from the garden’s olive trees. It will be a genuine and authentic full immersion experience!

I will teach you how to prepare home made Tuscan food dishes that will be tasted at the end of the lesson. The menu is subject to seasonal products and climate.

During the summer period, the home made typical Tuscan food dishes are served in the private garden, surrounded by lemon trees, olive trees, flowers and facing the beautiful Chianti’s sunset.



  Prepare your personal menu choosing 4 courses meal, prepared by all guest “hands on” or do a full immersion in a specific course, as Pasta or appetizers or dessert and cake or pizza.

Below are listed some typical Tuscan dishes to let you choose one dish out of each step. You will take your own notes regarding the dishes recipes during the class.

Class Menu proposals:

Step 1 – Homemade appetizers

Chickpeas cream with rigatino or shrimps Bruschetta with tomato and basil Croutons with stracchino cheese and sausage Croutons with baked ham and celery Croutons with tuna butter



Step 2 – Homemade pasta

Fresh pasta with season sauce

“Gnudi” (spinach and ricotta cheese balls)

Potatoes gnocchi with season sauce

Semolina gnocchi, or stuffed rice tomatoes, spelled with black olives, Pachino tomatoes and olive oil.

Spaghetti with season sauce Risotto with saffron


Step 3 – Main course: meat, fish or vegetarian.

Rolled veal with fontina cheese and speck with fried slides of celery Baked pork loin with potatoes

Bones holes with rice

Pork fillet in crust

Florentine tripe or lampredotto

Peposo with steamed potatoes


Squids with potatoes

Rolled green pumpkin omelette stuffed with cheese Little round shaped zucchini stuffed with ricotta cheese Eggplants balls

Seasonal vegetables flan

Green pumpkin sweet and sour sauce




Pizza in wood-fired oven


Step 4 – Homemade cakes

Sweet pastries with melted chocolate Florentine style stuffed crushed cake Tart with homemade jam Biscuits with coconut flour and almonds Rolled chocolate cake Homemade ice-cream

Original Tiramisù with season fruits


Duration, booking and services:

Preferable on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Class on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday is only on request.

Morning – suggested in winter period

From 10.00am to 1.00pm Lesson

From 1.00am to 2.30pm lunch

Afternoon – suggested in spring, summer and autumn

From 4.00pm to 7.30pm lesson

From 7.30pm to 9.30pm dinner


Rates can be flexible and are based on the menu chosen and number of people attending the lessons

A bottle of Chianti Gallo Nero wine is included as well as still and sparkling water and Espresso coffee.

At time of booking, please advise any food intolerance or any food allergy. Car transfer for 4 persons is included in the rate

It is available on request a private minivan and professional English speaking driver for sightseeing and transfer.

Classes allow a maximum of 6 participants. 

Children are welcome.