Cooking classes

Local cuisine with a view of Lucca's towers

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Maria Novella


Duration 3h

Max 4 guests

Spoken languages:  Italian, English, French

Cooking class: learn how to cook Italian recipes and taste the dishes prepared during the class

Your menu
  • Mixed bruschetta
  • Ricotta and spinach ravioli with butter and sage
  • Tiramisù

We begin the experience with a trio of bruschetta that tell the story of the scents and colors of my land: the gold of the oil from the hills of Lucca, the Sorana IGP bean and the Canestrino tomato.

At the table we will taste ravioli filled with spinach and ricotta that we made with flour, eggs and rolling pin. Finally we pamper ourselves with a sweet mascarpone cream, ladyfinger cookies and coffee. All accompanied by excellent local wines. I am waiting for you!

10 reviews
We enjoyed a lot the time we spent with Maria, and the experience was absolutely perfect. Even considering that we arrived more than 30' late, Maria did it perfectly and she was also very nice. We learn a lot with making the pasta, and also the tiramisu. And everything was delicious. So I strongly recommend this experience with Maria, 10/10!!
Jose Miguel Bermudez - October 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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