If you're spending your holidays in Siena, Tuscany and its region, or even just passing through, do not miss the Cooking Class with Nonna Ciana at the Farm Le Pietre Vive di Montaperti, just 10 km out of Siena.
It will be an authentic traditional cookery class where you will enjoy a pleasant stay and the warm hospitality in an Italian family home.
You will learn the secrets of traditional dishes prepared with excellent local products, freshly laid eggs from our own chickens, home-grown herbs and vegetables from the garden (in season of course), cheese produced by our neighbors and our own wine and olive oil.
We will help you make pasta dishes that you can easily prepare later in your own country with products you can easily find abroad, surprising your friends and family!
The timetable for our Cooking Classes is:
10.00/10.30 a.m. arrival at the farm (if the cooking class includes lunch around 13.30) or at 15.30/16.00 p.m. (if it includes dinner at about 19.00).
Preparation of a typical Italian lunch or dinner, with dishes such as fresh home-made, hand rolled pasta (tagliatelle, tagliolini, pappardelle) or gnocchi di patate (potato dumplings) as a first course, to be preceded by a Tuscan "antipasto" or starter and followed by a main course like our signature chicken dish,say with Vin Santo or with saffron or one of our delicious vegetarian dishes with eggplant or bell peppers. And of course a typical Italian dessert.
Of course, we can always add variations on the basis of any specific request and dietary needs.
Lunch/dinner is accompanied by our own “Castello delle Quattro Torra” Chianti wine.
Naturally the menu will vary depending on the time of the year, for example in different seasons we might suggest:
Bruschetta with fresh tomatoes, hebs, local pecorino cheese etc
Handmade tagliatelle with sauces made from fresh garden vegetables, zucchini and saffron or zucchini and mint (an amazing combination),eggplant or peppers, fresh tomato with garlic and basil, squash or artichoke with sausage or pancetta, all depending the best and freshest produce arriving in the kitchen.
Potato gnocchi with a simple, light sauce.
Chicken with local Vin Santo wine, with lemon and tarragon or with our own homegrown saffron.
Homemade Panna Cotta or Crema Pasticcera with fresh seasonal fruit.
Looking forward to hearing from you, our very best regards.