To enrich our guests experience in Chianti, Casa Sola is pleased to offer cooking classes. Lead by a local chef, instruction in the traditional techniques of the Tuscan kitchen are combined with Italian language and culture. Classes may be individual, taught directly in the apartment. Larger group lessons may be arranged in the Casa Sola wine tasting room. Lessons are typically 4 hours in duration. Supplies are sourced locally and take advantage of seasonal abundance of fresh vegetables, herbs, fruit and nuts, Casa Sola olive oil - ingredients typical of the healthy Mediterranean diet. As a gift, Casa Sola offers a bottle of Chianti Classico DOCG to enjoy with your meal. Students will learn how to prepare antipasti, a first (primi) or second (secondi) dish and a desert (dolci). Class menus currently include how to make fresh pasta or prepare risotto, tiramisu or fruit desert. Lessons may be based on a flavour, theme or a local seasonal speciality. Classes are interactive, encouraging students to have enough knowledge and confidence to prepare the meal in their own home. As an option, why not enjoy a home cooked meal- Casa Sola will also arrange a personal chef service, dinner taken to the apartment.
Please make arrangements at the Casa Sola office, a minimum 48 hours in advance for all classes or chef service.
YOUR THANKS TO OUR CHEF
* From: Martin, Date: 2011/6/21, Subject: Hi Giovanna
HI Giovanna - we have returned home to Australia and just wanted to thank you so much for the evening at Casa Sola where you taught us to cook some really amazing food. We love that the ingredients were so fresh and that you explained everything so well. Your energy and enthusiasm are amazing !!!!! We all agreed that you and your meal were the highlight of our trip to Italy. Our best wishes to you for the future and if you could please email me the recipes we will definitely try and cook them at home in Sydney.
Warm regards and thank you again,
* From: Thomas, Date: 2012/6/7,
Dear Giovanna. Back to work in rainy Copenhagen! I and my family would like to thank you for making my birthday very special. We really enjoyed the cooking lesson and last week-end Zarah made Strawberry Tirimisu and Liver paste….. Best regards M, N, Z and T
* From: Linda, Date: 2012/6/10, Subject: Hi GREAT CHEF
Hi Giovanna- We are back in the USA- Chicago, Il. We traveled from Venice to the Florence area and Rome and our favorite meal was YOURS. We held all the other eating experiences up to your cooking. We had a good meal in Dudda and one in Rome, but you still won as the favorite (…) I am sure you know that her daughter loved the experience of "cooking" with you. Here are some of the pictures. I was going to hold them until I got your recipes, but I trust you will follow up and pass along your secrets. I am sure the will not taste as good as you doing them, but I will try.
Many many thanks,
LD(and J, J)
* From: JA, Date: 2012/6/5, Subject: Thank You
Hello Giovanna, My family and I wish to thank you again for the wonderful cooking class you provided to us yesterday. I can't tell you enough how delicious everything was. We got in to the tiramisu shortly after you left and ate the whole thing! Thank you again for a wonderful evening.
* From: Al, Date: 2012/4/16, Subject: Our cooking lesson
Buongiorno Giovanna. Thank you again for the wonderful cooking lesson at Casa Sola (…). Thank you again for an informative and enjoyable lesson in Italian cooking, and two delicious meals.