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Cesarina from 2018

My speciality: Pezzole di Caterina dei Medici (crepes stuffed with ricotta and vegetables covered with sauce similar to the béchamel)

I live in: Florence

Spoken languages: Italian and English

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I offer vegetarian alternatives

Hi from Donatella!

Florence, to quote Stendhal, has a "subtle beauty". The city itself is an open-air museum, rich in architectural masterpieces and works of art that are unique in the world. Here in the heart of this historical city in a street of ancient buildings located within where once stood the ancient medieval walls, and where you can experience the flavor of ancient Florentine history, we meet Donatella, our Florentine Cesarina DOC. Donatella studied art and architecture and she likes to experiment with different artistic techniques, from papier-mâché to ceramics, as well as applying her hand to making pasta dough in the kitchen. This last passion she shares with her husband and children, with whom she loves making homemade pasta, a perfect way to teach culinary art while having fun. At Donatella’s, there is always a festive feeling and the typical flavors of Tuscan cuisine. Her dishes, from pezzole to carabaccia di Caterina de' Medici, are recipes which have made French cuisine famous the world over but that actually originated in Italy, specifically in Florence and the Medici court. Along with the fork, Caterina de' Medici brought recipes with her to Paris that would eventually become the macarons, omelette, crepes, the "francesina", soupe d'oignons and the bigné. At Donatella’s table, we can relive the history of the dishes that traveled from Florence to Paris, as well as enjoy the pleasure of tasting them.

My specialities
  •  Coccoli, la sorpresa del duca, panzanella, pinzimonio, carpaccio of zucchini
  •  Pezzole di Caterina dei Medici (crepes stuffed with ricotta and vegetables covered with sauce similar to the béchamel)
  •  Piadine with the text of Firenzuola by grandmother Otelia
37 reviews
Cooking with Donatella was an unforgettable experience. She is warm, friendly, funny and kind. Her home is lovely and the food we prepared together was amazing, including the best gnocchi we ever had and and incredible chocolate dessert. I can't recommend Donatella enough, we are so lucky to have found her!

Josh - December 2023

We enjoyed our time with you so much, Donatella! The pasta and tiramisu dishes you taught us were delicious and easy to make. Out of all the meals we had while visiting Italy, what we made with you was honestly the best we had. In fact, our experience was so good that we ordered a pasta maker even before we left Italy. Thank you for inviting us into your home to have a wonderful time and teaching us something we can enjoy for years to come.

Ken and Christa - November 2023

Donatella is a warm and welcoming person, and a great cook and teacher. We had a wonderful time making tiramisu and pasta. I wholeheartedly recommend booking an evening with Donatella.

Cassie + Ari - October 2023

We had an amazing dining experience with Donatella. She made us feel as family as we learnt about Florentine cooking, enjoyed local home cuisine and shared her recipes over great conversation. Great food, great company and great conversation in a great place is something we will remember as a highlight of our trip.

Will & Nat - October 2023

Excellent bread making class. We learned some great techniques. And the bread we made was delicious!!

Sheri and Deb - September 2023

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