Discovering Italian Cuisine


Italian CuisineForeword : Discovering Italian Cuisine

Having a worldwide influence, Italian cuisine dates back to the 4th century.

The variations of secret ingredients and the regional diversity of Italian cooking is an invitation to explore beyond what is known to the world.

Neapolitan traditions speak of spaghetti and pizza, which is known to the world. Beyond that is a discovery of local customs that will open the door to mouthfuls of flavor from twenty different regions.

Italy is encased in a peninsula with fixed boundaries in the Alps and various surrounding islands. It is embedded in the Mediterranean Sea in Southern Europe and a part of Western Europe. Rome is the Republics’ capital and largest city.

Italy shares borders with Slovenia, France, Switzerland, Austria, Vatican City, and San Marino. It has a wide variety of cultures due to the geographic locations of its inhabitants in the Mediterranean and Southern European areas. Italy also embraces Indo-European Italic cultures practiced in the Peninsula.

Italian cuisine is heavily influenced by the ancient Greek people, the Byzantine people, ancient Romans, Jewish people, and the Etruscan people. Ingredients such as tomatoes, potatoes, bell peppers, and maize are central to Italy’s cuisine, and it is also noted for its regional diversity and difference in taste.

It is one of the most sought-after cuisines globally that has reached the shores of many countries. It is famous for its Mediterranean diet that offers delicious pasta dishes, fruits, vegetables, and fish, with a knack for a simple yet irresistible variety of foods.

This cuisine calls for the freshest ingredients, and the age-old secrets to its recipes are engulfed in the walls of the local kitchens.

1) The Secrets of Fresh Pasta

A 60-minute session With the Toscana Mia Sisters

This is an insight into an authentic, traditional pasta-making method from the local kitchens of Italy. In this virtual session, you can expect a combination of sisterly love, kind gestures, a splash of history, and age-old skills from its original roots.

Learn the techniques of pasta making with authentic ingredients in a sophisticated yet humble preparation. These ribbons are made with tender love and care, infused with delicious flavors that will engulf your palate.

It is easy to prepare and fun to make with your family and friends, creating everlasting bonds and satisfying the pleasures of the palate. An unforgettable and fulfilling session as the Toscana Mia Sisters walks you through this recipe.

We all know that nothing beats homemade, and following the proper techniques used by the locals will result in authentic Italian pasta.

Why not book a session with your sisters or girlfriends?

Add to the fun of girls’ night in with this live session by two skilled local chefs. Find out if the secrets are in the sauce or the freshly made pasta. I can smell another girls’ night brewing, can you? Book your session now and allow these skilled sisters to spit the secrets on an age-old authentic tradition.

2) Cook Gnocchi like an Italian Granny

Made from a handful of essential ingredients, gnocchi is a delicious melt-in-your-mouth palate pleaser.

It is a favorite amongst the locals and offers a marvel of lip-smacking goodness complemented with a delicious sauce. This authentic dish enhances in flavor when partnered with a refreshing dressing.

It is a part of authentic Italian cuisine and is a hearty meal that has gained influence worldwide. Let us help you create magic in your kitchen with this phenomenal gnocchi session.

Learn the Italian gnocchi trade tricks and the techniques and tools to perfect it like a real Italian granny. It would be sinful not to like Italian cuisine, so get a hold of your family and friends and enjoy this session with your personal chef.

Grandma had secrets to share, and one of them was this age-old recipe. In this rendition, your host and professional chef share her darling grandmother’s flop-proof recipe.

Homemade is best, but handmade is crafty and even better!

Share or gift this experience to your loved ones by booking a private session now! Enjoy this succulent and satisfying carbilicious indulgence with a touch of authentic goodness. A good life is all about good gnocchi, don’t you think?

Here's what you'll need to cook along with your chef:

For the Gnocchi:

For the Sauce:

  • 1 onion diced
  • 3 fresh tomatoes cubed
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt, pepper, and chili pepper to taste
  • Basil and grated cheese to garnish

3) Learn to make Dainty Focaccias

Enjoy this 30-minute private session in the rustic kitchen of connoisseur siblings who share a flare of scrumptious baked bread.

They’re gifted with age-old skill, lending the secrets of the dainty focaccia bread-making from their kitchen. It’s a tempting and wholesome indulgence, bringing the techniques of Tuscany to you.

Share this experience with your family and friends or turn your next girls’ night into a sisterly affair.

Bread is a staple in many homes around the world and bread making is always an enjoyable engagement.

Want to show off your bread-making skills at Sunday lunch?

Why not book this private session to sharpen your focaccia-making skills, using age-old Italian techniques.

Allow us to bring Italy to you in this virtual session which teaches you about the different types of Italian focaccias.

Here's what you'll need to cook along with your chef:

For the dough:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoon dry yeast
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 225ml warm water
  • 1 teaspoon fine salt

Toppings :

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • Oregano, rosemary, tomato sauce, sesame, poppy, fennel, olives, oatmeal, coarse salt, soft cheese to taste

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Mike Monteleone

My name is Mike Monteleone. I am the author of Since I was very young I have been passionate about cooking and everything that surrounds the art of preparing food. Cooking is much more than a set of techniques. Cooking is a means of expression and it is an art. Whether you are a three-star Michelin chef or an amateur cook, cooking is a universal language that allows you to share and explore.

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