Cooking classes

In the heart of Lucca, two typical homemade pasta recipes

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Maria Novella


Duration 3h

Max 4 guests

Spoken languages:  Italian, English, French

Small Group hands-on cooking class with 2 pasta recipes and tiramisù followed by an Italian aperitivo and lunch or dinner with the dishes prepared during the class

Your menu
  • Maltagliati with meat sauce
  • Ricotta and spinach ravioli with butter and sage
  • Tiramisù with coffee

In the historic center in a home with a view of the towers of Lucca we prepare two different forms of fresh homemade pasta: a pasta filled with goat cheese, spinach and flavored with nutmeg and a pasta unfilled. With a rolling pin we will roll out the dough for the "maltagliati" with an excellent meat sauce.

Before sitting down at the table, let's taste tuscan olives and salami with a Spritz! And finally a typical and creamy Italian dessert: tiramisù with coffee.

10 reviews
Novella and her assistant Marco were totally engaging, informative and knowledgeable! The surrounding was warm and they made us feel ‘like family’ Novella taught us many cooking tips! We had a wonderful lunch to sample our work! Our group of 3, would highly recommend a cooking class at Novella’s home kitchen!!
Novella and her assistant Marco were thorough, engaging and knowledgeable! Novella taught me many cooking tips and techniques! Her surroundings were welcoming and ‘family like’! Our group of 3 would highly recommend this experience! - September 2023
Novella was such an incredible host, she welcomed us into her home and made us feel like old friends as we cooked together in her family kitchen. Marco was our very gracious interpreter and cocktail maker, and was happy to share stories of Lucca and make us feel like a local! Can’t recommend Novella and Marco enough, they are a wonderful team and we learnt so much as a family and have memories that will last forever! Thank you so much! <3
Claire-Louise - July 2023
This was hands down my favorite activity I did during my stay in Lucca. Cesarina Novella and Marco were incredible hosts, and the pasta and tiramisu we made were delicious. It was truly such a special experience to be able to sit down with Cesarina Novella, her family, and Marco at her dinner table and talk about life over a few glasses of wine while enjoying the dinner we made. Having the opportunity to learn from and interact with people from different backgrounds, while learning a new skill in an intimate setting was the best way to end my Italian vacation. I highly recommend this activity to anyone who is visiting Lucca.
Rupa Gill - July 2023
Our family had an extraordinary time immersing ourselves in the art of pasta-making under the guidance of the delightful Novella. Even our young food enthusiasts, an eight-year-old daughter and a ten-year-old son, were captivated! The moment we stepped into Novella's inviting home, we were embraced like treasured guests, enveloped in an atmosphere of genuine warmth. It truly felt as though we were visiting a cherished friend. Novella had thoughtfully arranged everything in her immaculate and charming condo, ready for our culinary adventure. While her English wasn't fluent, she had the support of a helpful friend and colleague who skillfully translated and assisted throughout the class. Together, we dove into the creation of mouthwatering dishes, such as a delectable meat ragú, fresh pasta crafted from eggs and flour, delicate ravioli filled with spinach, ricotta, and a touch of nutmeg, and pillowy gnocchi made from impeccably boiled potatoes and flour. This entire experience exceeded even our wildest expectations. If you ever find yourself with the opportunity to schedule a class with Novella in the enchanting town of Lucca, seize it with all your might! You will depart with cherished memories of an intimate encounter with a remarkable woman who possesses an extraordinary talent for cooking. Novella, thank you for granting us such a wondrous experience.
Christina - July 2023
We had the most amazing time with Novella, and her friends and family. It was truely a special experience filled with laughter, fun, cooking and delicious food!! Novella was so generous and kind. It was one of our most favourite days of our entire trip. Would highly recommend!
Elise and Tom  - June 2023

€129.00 per guest

€64.50 per child

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Maria Novella
Cesarina from 2022Location: Lucca    Languages: Italian, English, French
I was born in Bologna but my roots are here in Tuscany, including in cuisine. From the Lucca cuisine, I love to prepare tordelli with ragù and various soups, from frantoiana to ribollita to pappa al pomodoro, all seasoned with the excellent oil from our hills. The appetizer is always rustic, with excellent unsalted "sciocco" bread bruschetta and Colonnata lard, Igp Sorana beans, black cabbage, and the inevitable chicken livers. To finish sweetly, almond cantucci and grandmother's cream cake.
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