How does it work

Mirella has a different menu for every season, as she prefers using seasonal ingredients in her cooking. Some of the dishes you might eat during the winter are bruschetta with sausage and stracchino cheese, ribollita (stew) or Florentine pork with peas. In spring you may be served a vegetable tart, penne with ragù sauce (meat-based sauce), peasant’s meatballs with seasonal vegetables and cioccolatissimo (extra rich chocolate dessert). The summer may include dishes such as bruschetta with tomato and basil, fresh cheeses and honey, pappa al pomodoro (made with dry bread, tomatoes and olive oil), hunter’s chicken with roast potatoes and tiramisù. In autumn you may be treated to eggs with caper salsa, pecorino cheese and salamino grapes, pumpkin risotto, pork with prunes and pinenuts, and chocolate flan.

These are only examples of her seasonal menus – they can be changed to accommodate special requests. Wine is included in the cost of the meal.

Step 1

Meeting in Florence

Market visit: (2-8 guests)

You will visit Sant'Ambrogio, one of the more central markets in Florence, a 30 minute drive from Mirella's home. During the market visit you will visit local producers of wine, oil, fruit and vegetables. This will be a fun filled experience of buying food, talking about food, preparing food and finally eating together!

Step 2

Starting cooking class

Cooking experience: (1-15 guests)

The aim of Mirella’s Tuscany cooking class is to share her knowledge about food, its preparation and its Florentine and Tuscan history. Mirella prefers conducting a hands-on class, where travelers will learn how to make dishes themselves. She will teach you how to make 3-4 of the dishes you will eating later, such as various bruschette or antipasto, a pasta, a main, pasta sauces and other seasonal recipes - some of the foods you must try in Florence. Weather permitting, Mirella will host the cooking and meal experience in her outdoor garden area!

Step 3

Break with local wine

Wine experience

Savor the essence of Tuscany in each sip, as you explore the nuanced flavors of a local Tuscan wine, embodying centuries of tradition and the region's rich terroir. Cheers to Tuscan indulgence!

Step 4

Make pasta

The cooking class continues

Embrace the artistry of crafting handmade pasta, a cherished tradition in Tuscan cuisine. From the delicate folds of tagliatelle to the perfect al dente bite of pappardelle, learn the secrets passed down through generations. Under expert guidance of Mirella e Stefano, immerse yourself in the tactile experience of kneading dough and shaping each creation with love. Discover the satisfaction of transforming simple ingredients into culinary masterpieces, preserving a timeless heritage with every savory bite.

Step 5

Cooking your pasta

Cooking pasta

Immerse yourself in the art of Italian cooking as you sauté fresh ingredients, infusing each sauce with authentic flavors. From vibrant tomato basil to creamy carbonara, unleash your creativity and indulge in the satisfaction of making a delicious meal from scratch. Enjoy your meal!

Step 6

Eats your pasta

Eat in a beautifull Mirella and Stefano garden

Weather permitting, Mirella will host the cooking and meal experience in her outdoor garden area!
  • The meal price includes a glass of prosecco (Italian white wine) with the antipasto (hors d’oeuvre) and two glasses of wine with the meal. Mirella also offers limoncello (Italian lemon liqueur) and/or vin santo (Italian dessert wine) with dessert.
  • In-villa option available: Note that Mirella is also pleased to offer a private cooking or meal option at your Tuscany villa, if you prefer not to travel.

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    Frequently asked questions

    We offer a variety of cooking classes, ranging from Italian cuisine to baking and pastry-making, and even specialized courses in vegan or gluten-free cooking.

    Yes, our cooking classes are designed to accommodate all skill levels, including beginners. Our instructors provide step-by-step guidance to ensure everyone can participate and learn with confidence.

    The cooking class fee typically includes all necessary ingredients, equipment usage, recipe handouts, and guidance from our experienced instructors.

    Yes, we offer private cooking classes for special occasions. Please contact us to discuss your preferences and schedule.

    Yes, we can accommodate dietary restrictions and allergies. Please inform us in advance so we can tailor the recipes accordingly.

    The duration of our cooking classes varies depending on the specific class, but they typically last between 2 to 3 hours.

    Our classes usually have a minimum four and maximum ten number of participants to ensure an optimal learning experience.

    Our cancellation policy typically requires a notice period of 3 days prior to the class for a full refund. Please refer to our terms and conditions for detailed information.

    Yes, children are welcome to participate in our cooking classes, depending on the class's suitability and any age restrictions. Please check the class details for more information.

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