Ask even the most worldly Italian where's the best place to eat in his home town and he will unhesitatingly respond: "At my Mother's table." That's because in a culture where food is an
important and creative part of life, he has been shamelessly spoiled since birth by his own personal culinary maestra, an artist who fashioned honest raw materials into masterpieces for her
family, day after day, meal after meal. Combine the skills honed from a lifetime of preparing good things to eat with a ferocious insistence on
high-quality, in-season ingredients and an extraordinary generosity of spirit and you have simple, down-home Italian cooking and eating as near perfect as it gets.
The Italian Nonna in California!
You are invited to be part of a great dining experience and be spoiled by your very own Italian grandmother-for-a-day. Rosanna, the chef of Villa Gioianna near Castiglione del Lago, Umbria, is visiting California (along with Anna and Domenico, the chef's assistant) and offering cooking demonstrations and dinners. Learn a few secrets of Umbrian and Tuscan cuisine, using local produce and some special Umbrian ingredients we’ve brought from Umbria, including the Villa’s fruity, estate-bottled olive oil.
Enjoy a Dinner, Cooking Lesson or Both!