Hi! I'm Maria Paola.

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wilmaCesarina from 2018
My speciality: Tortelli with meat sauce
I live in: Viareggio
I speak: Italian, English

Good to know...

I offer vegetarian alternatives

What is there to do, see, taste and experience in Viareggio, far from the most famous streets where Carnival is celebrated?


Viareggio is one of the most charming seaside resorts in Italy. It is a city with an Art Nouveau soul that can be felt within its historic buildings and elegant cafés, all reminiscent of Italy in the 1920s. The city is a beautiful 'sandy corner' of Italy, with rows of elegant beach umbrellas, mountains in the background and white quarries seen in the distance.


In the center of the city, in a type of home referred to as "viareggina" (the typical seaside home of Viareggio), we meet Maria Paola. Our Cesarina inherited her passion for cooking and preparing fresh pasta from her father, who himself had learned to cook from the farmers of the Lucca countryside. As a young girl, she would close herself up in the kitchen to create ‘her dishes,’ and today her greatest satisfaction comes from hosting guests, who are at their ease in the welcoming and relaxed atmosphere.


Her culinary skills encompass meat and fish dishes, as well as enogastronomy recipes dating back to ancient Versilian tradition.

My specialities

- Tuscan crostini

- Tortelli with meat sauce

- Chicken 'in cacciucco alla Puccini', served on roasted polenta

- Roast potatoes

- Semolina custard tart

- Taste of: cod marinated 'alla viareggina', grouper paté and muscles filled 'alla viareggina'

- Ravioli stuffed with sea bass and fresh sauce of leeks, carrots and zucchini

- Cacciucco 'alla viareggina' (Tuscan seafood stew)

- Mixed salad with tomatoes

- 'Zuccotto' (Tuscan sweet)

Clean and safe

Our hosts are updated on the latest hygiene and social distancing protocols

At your service

Our team of Culinary Guides are there every step of the way to provide assistance

Safe purchases & Cancellation policy

Guaranteed payments and free cancellation up to 24h before the start

Reviews from our guests

Find out what people thought of their experience with Maria Paola

One of our favourite experiences of our trip in Italy. Paola and her family were so welcoming, they designed a menu to fit our dietary needs and it was delicious. We were walked through step by step in the pasta making process, tiramisu as well and then were treated to a feast with her family, lots of aperitivo and wine along with the pasta and tiramisu we had made. Couldn't recommend her highly enough we had an amazing time.


June 2022

Maria Paola and her family were a delight. We spent a week on the Italian Riviera and this tour was the highlight of our trip! Thank you so much for offering this type of authentic experience.

The Ellenbergs & Cariellos

May 2022

Our cooking experience with Paola was amazing, great fun and a wonderful experience.  Paola took us to the market and showed us some of the stalls and items on offer. I loved the salumeria: all the wonderful meats,  salamis and cheeses,  and the smell - wonderful! Back at Paola's house we enjoyed a little drink and some snacks before getting down to the serious business of making dinner. We made pasta, the proper way and the filling for our ravioli. Paola was very kind, helpful and patient; showing me how to make her delicious tiramisu. We had quite a production line going as we made the ravioli! I was amazed at the simplicity of the sauce for the pasta, just tomatoes and garlic left to simmer. Delicious bruschetti with salami,  cheese and delicious panzerotti started our meal. The ravioli was fantastic and my husband dived in for a second helping! Paola's tiramisu was just fabulous,  so creamy and just the right amount of coffee and chocolate. All served with lovely Chianti and a refreshing Prosecco. The evening came to a close with a glass of Paola's homemade limoncello - delicious! We had a super evening with lovely people,  our new Italian friends! My fairly basic Italian was stretched to the limit but the challenge was fun and expressing our delight with the food didn't really require words! I would thoroughly recommend this experience and given the opportunity we'd do it again,  it was our best day in Italy!

Sue and Kevin

May 2022

We had a perfect experience with Paula. A wonderful cook that guided us all through all steps. How friendly and wonderful! Best experience ever.

Jens Smith Wergeland

October 2021