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Barbara

Cesarina from 2018

My speciality: Pici with aglione garlic

I live in: Montepulciano

Spoken languages: Italian and English

Good to know

I offer vegetarian alternatives

Hi from Barbara!

Barbara welcomes us in Montepulciano Station, a historic village nestled on the hills in the province of Siena, near the characteristic medieval village is surrounded by three circular walls and is one of the most visited tourist destinations in the area. If you see it for yourself, you'll soon understand why: the old town sprawls over a steep hill, adorned with stunning towers and steeples, while its square opens onto the breathtaking panorama of the Tuscan countryside. Our Cesarina’s country house encapsulates this charming atmosphere. Her beautiful wine cellar is home to dozens of aging bottles of local wine, and the rest of the apartment is warm and welcoming. It is here that Barbara serves us her local specialties; simple, but with sterling character and unforgettable taste. 

My specialities
  •  Savory tarts with local Cinta Senese cold cuts
  •  Pici with aglione garlic
  •  Rabbit "ad arrosto morto"
Experiences
Reviews
5.0
98 reviews
Barbara was the perfect host and teacher. Our food turned our great . We enjoyed the food and drank some good wine. Definitely recommend.

Huguette - April 2024

The cooking class with Barbara was excellent. We learned how to make pici, gnocchi, a vegetable sauce, and tiramisu. Barbara was very patient and gave easy instructions to follow. We were also given good, local wine to drink while cooking/eating the food we made. We also met Barbara’s family. This was a great experience— we only wish that we spoke more Italian so we could have interacted with her family more. We are excited to cook all of this for our own friends/family soon!

Amy and Luke - April 2024

We absolutely loved every minute of our cooking experience. We came with our family of 5 (kids age 9-15yrs) and Barbara was amazing with all of us. It was such fun! Everyone agrees that this cooking class was a highlight of our trip. We all agree that the pasta and tiramisu that we made was the BEST that we ate all from over Italy. We can’t recommend this class enough!

Hopkins - March 2024

We had a fantastic time in our cooking class with Barbara! She was extremely knowledgeable and shared lots of tips and tricks about cooking Italian food, not just the dishes we prepared. She was so friendly, helpful and made our cooking class such a great experience. This cooking class was our top highlight from our trip to Italy and will definitely look for another class our next time in Italy.

Julia - March 2024

We had the most wonderful time cooking with Barbara! Barbara is a warm and generous host, and a very skilled and helpful teacher. We made pici pasta, gnocchi, two delicious vegetable sauces and tiramisu - and we couldn’t believe how good they tasted! We were especially grateful for the fresh truffle that Barbara grated onto our gnocchi - which a friend of hers had gifted her and she generously shared with us. We also loved the intimacy of cooking in Barbara’s home kitchen and chatting with her over dinner - much more personal than the classes at larger cooking schools. We not only learnt about cooking but also life in Montepulciano. Thank you, Barbara, for your warm and generous hospitality. We won’t forget it!

Sarah and Walter  - March 2024

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