Holiday Reviews

Holiday Reviews

Incredible cooking class led by Daniela

5.0 rating
28 December 2021

Our pasta cooking class has truly been the highlight of our visit to Umbria! Daniela is a skilled chef and wonderful teacher, and she was an excellent lunch guest as well. She joined us as we ate our delicious meal: fresh tagliatelle with a creamy and flavorful gorgonzola, pumpkin, and sausage sauce. Daniela also gave our family several great recommendations for activities and other places to visit throughout Italy. An absolutely wonderful experience—if you have the chance to take a class with Daniela, take it!

Cydney Hayes

Wonderful experience !

5.0 rating
28 December 2021

This was a wonderful class and meal! Thank you very much for your expertise and for making the whole experience fun for the family! Our whole family will be a big fan of your You Tube videos!

Roy Hong

2 Weeks of Great Dinners / Activities

5.0 rating
19 September 2021

We stayed in a house that was managed by Daniela and her team. In order to vacation properly we hired her for dinner everyday during our stay and what a wonderful experience it was as no body had to worry about cooking, shopping and cleaning. At the same time she arranged for many activities and the children absolutely adored her and her team. We hope others will get to experience her hospitality firsthand.

kevin takarada


5.0 rating
18 September 2021

I HIGHLY recommend Daniela & her team for a truly enjoyable & very satisfying meal. From start to finish Daniela was delightful to work with. Professional, kind & personable in every way. She was interesting when explaining the recipe instructions. We had a crowd that spanned from 5 mos to 65yrs old & EVERYONE was was interested & entertained throughout the class. Daniela served the delicious meal to us – including a dessert, & we felt we were at a 5 star restaurant! Thank you Daniela for memories of a lifetime!


Enjoy great Umbrian cuisine with Daniela

5.0 rating
16 September 2021

Don’t miss out on this great opportunity of enjoying the best food in the region. You cannot go back home without at least one evening of her cooking services.

Magnus Norddahl

The wonderful Daniela

5.0 rating
11 September 2021

We spent a week in Umbria culminating in the wedding of our son. Daniela and her team cooked wonderfully throughout, choosing local wine and produce and making everything easy and just perfect. The wedding en terrace was magical – she brought glasses, linen and candles; fireworks and incandescent hearts; a remarkable menu that we will speak of for ever; magnums of local wines and great Prosecco and a wedding cake that demanded to be eaten. Thank you Daniela and team for making a memory that will stay with us forever
Till next time!


Great cooking class!

5.0 rating
21 August 2021

Daniela and her friend taught us how to make homemade tagliatelle with a delicious sauce, all with fresh local products and the empty plates were testament to her talent! Simple and tasty dessert too. It was fantastic to cook and taste. Such a great evening, thank you Daniela!


Wonderful week in Umbria

5.0 rating
18 August 2021

Daniela cooked for us for a week and was absolutely wonderful! Delicious food, always happy. Strongly recommend!!!



5.0 rating
26 July 2021

Daniela catered three meals for us (a group of 11) whilst we were staying at a magical villa in Umbria. Not only is her cooking out of this world, including the courgette flowers she brought from her very own garden, but her friendly and easy going nature made it all such a pleasure. We were celebrating my sister’s 50th birthday and she even brought her presents on her big day…
She and her colleagues were totally flexible and did everything in their power to ensure that we had an incredible experience and were extremely well looked after and amply fed 🙂
I would not hesitate to recommend her and only wish that we could drop by more often!


Three kinds of amazing! Daniela and her mighty crew helped make our week in Umbria.

5.0 rating
19 July 2021

After postponing for a year due to pandemic, our group of 11 (including one very young one) was ready for a little dolce vita on a hillside near Citta di Castello, and the talented and highly organized Daniela and her great colleagues brought the magic.
Three dining events she brought together during our week in Umbria, each done with care and skill and all kinds of astounding ingredients: fresh, complimentary, and delightful. From the first fiore (crisp, flavorful and impressively light) through pizza-making and an epic pork roast, they did it all with a sense of fun and ease even though you know the amount of work and care that must have gone into pulling it off. They seemed to have no trouble managing for our large group, and there were leftovers.
…And then they packed everything up and were off into the night, leaving us with freshly-made ice cream and ready to dance under the moon. Friendly, easy to communicate with, flexible, total pros with good-sense advice. What’s on the table is delicious; you’ll remember it.
Was a great find after a rough year, but even in a normal year I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend.


Wonderful experience

5.0 rating
16 July 2021

What an wonderful night Daniela provided us with during our stay in Umbria. The best food, lovely local wines and great atmosphere!
A night to remember.
The food she brought to our house upon arrival and departure also were terrific.
Highly recommended. Grazie Daniela!


Excellent Italian cooking

5.0 rating
3 October 2020

Daniela made us two wonderful Italian meals. With 8 friends we stayed in a villa in Umbria last week. When we arrived the fridge was filled with al sort of delicious typical Italian dishes. Later that night, she arrived and cooked us an excellent meal with all kind of fresh local products. The next day we made our own spagetti and lasagne with her help of course. This was also very tasty and educational. Daniela is so friendly and patient, she’s a great sociable woman! Thanks a lot, you made our stay special.

Agnes Nijland

Daniela is the answer

5.0 rating
12 September 2020

A holiday with Daniela’s home delivered food is stress free and to eat her superb Italian food adds another dimension to the holiday. Money well spent. She also organised a truffle hunting/tasting expedition which was a huge success. Daniela speaks good English and is incredibly organised and a delight to work with.

Sally Nicholson

2 wonderful evenings in Italy

5.0 rating
24 August 2020

Daniela kindly arranged for her cook Alessio to come to the house we rented in Italy twice during our stay. The first time we were treated to a delicious 4-course menu and the second time we and the kids made pizza together, which was probably the best pizza we ever had. Communication was easy and professional. Thanks so much for a wonderful experience.


Delightful and Delicious Online Cooking Class

5.0 rating
22 August 2020

Thoroughly enjoyed an online cooking class with Daniela in Melbourne during COVID lockdown. The food was beautiful, easy to follow and lots of laughs. Looking forward to cooking these dishes again, thanks Daniela for a wonderful experience!

Jo Egan

Excellent Umbrian Cooking and terrific charm!

5.0 rating
22 August 2020

Daniela came to cook for us for 11 days at the beautiful Casa Baccianella. She could not have been more helpful. We had dinner for the whole villa every night – beautifully prepared, served, catered and washed up! It was delicious – with a combination of old favourites chosen by us and new options suggested by Daniela. She (and her husband) could not have been better – and she is also wonderfully charming, humorous and cheerful! Hugely recommended. It transformed our holiday and we will now do this every time!


Amazing and delicious online cooking class with Daniela

5.0 rating
19 August 2020

We’ve now done three of Daniela’s online cooking classes and enjoyed every one immensely.
Her skill, patience and recipes make the class fun, informative and delicious!
We learnt, we laughed and we ate a superb feast every time.
I will happily repeat the online experience again and again, while looking forward to the time I can travel again and enjoy the real thing in Umbria. Thank you Daniela!

Nicki K. - Australia

Wonderful online cooking class

5.0 rating
18 August 2020

First time to try a cooking class online, prepared myself to order delivery in the end, but thrilled to make pasta and Tiramisu from scratch. Daniela gave clear instructions with encouragement. It was a fun night to gather with the ladies online, through this unique cooking experience.


Excellent Food - a real treat.

5.0 rating
16 August 2020

We were arriving at our holiday rental quite late at night and contacted Daniella to see if she could provide some food for our first night. As a result, Daniella provided us with an excellent lasagna – one of the best I have ever had. To finish there was a most delicious cheese cake. What a talented chef. We will certainly be contacting Daniella regularly when holidaying in Umbria.


Taste of Umbria in your own kitchen - Daniela's online cooking masterclass!

5.0 rating
1 August 2020

We did an online cooking class with Daniela during lockdown in Melbourne, Australia. Daniela was absolutely amazing. Recipes simple and easy to understand and sent with plenty of notice so we could get all the ingredients ready. Step by step sheet of what had to be prepared as well as what pots and pans! Zoom meeting was organised so Daniela could instruct us and make sure we stayed on track. Lots of laughs and wine shared and a beautiful 3 course meal was prepared. Sensational experience and one that everyone around the world can enjoy. The tastes of Umbria in your own kitchen. Huge thank you Daniela!

Christine Corbett

Daniella is the best Umbria chef

5.0 rating
29 July 2020

Daniella is a brilliant chef and delightful person. We asked her to cook two dinners in our villa and also organise a pizza man to prepare pizzas for the children. Everything was perfectly organised and timed and she dealt with all our special wishes with grace and intelligence. Daniella is definitely the best restaurant in Umbria, using only local ingredients and beautifully sourced.
Pour les francophones, Daniella est une chef extraordinaire, avec une connaissance de la cuisine italienne profonde et recherchée. Elle-même était le meilleur restaurant en Ombrie que l’on connaît. Elle a cuisiné pour nous à travers deux dîners et egalement a organisé un ‘pizza man’ afin de préparer les pizzas pour les enfants (ainsi que nous) qui était super animé et plein de joie.

Lisa Forrel

a taste of Umbria on Zoom!

5.0 rating
22 May 2020

A wonderful evening of cooking on Zoom! With Daniela’s guidance the dishes were quite easy to prepare and extremely tasty. We almost felt we were back in Umbria! We had a great evening and was the perfect excuse to get all the family together online. Thank you so much and see you again soon x

Keith Parsons

A tasty lockdown treat!!

5.0 rating
17 May 2020

What a fantastic cookery lesson!! Daniela guided some very inexperienced cooks to create a fabulous 3-course meal.
Having been lucky enough to sample Daniela’s cookery in Umbria, it was another step altogether to be able to create ourselves, along with our virtual family!
Great evening, great food, great teacher!!
Thank you Daniela!

Jill and Jim

Awesome Italian cooking lesson!

5.0 rating
14 May 2020

Daniela – you are a wonderful host and made this a unique and magical experience! What a great thing to do with friends whilst in lockdown! Us in Australia and you in Italy – perfect! Thank you so much the food was delicious and it was loads of fun! xx

Alex Holt

Fun...and delicious!!

5.0 rating
4 May 2020

Daniela, thank you. Our virtual team cookery course was so much fun on Saturday. We really enjoyed cooking with our friends, with your expertise (and patience!) guiding us to create a delicious lunch.
We look forward to the next time …
Best wishes Andy & Louise


What a superb lesson in Umbrian cuisine!!

5.0 rating
2 May 2020

Daniela, my friends and I have known you for a few years. We really are missing seeing you in person this year in Umbria for obvious reasons.
Today’s cookery class was both so much fun and educational!
Thank you for making this happen.
To others, I so recommend Daniela and the casual, fun, relaxed yet informative style to this session.

David Gilbert

A deliciously amazing unique experience!

5.0 rating
25 December 2019

Daniela cooked a delicious Christmas Eve meal for us at our villa during our stay in Umbria. This was such a unique and wonderful experience that I would highly recommend! The food was amazing and Daniela is a true delight.

Khrista Villegas

Outstanding Experience of Umbrian Cuisine

5.0 rating
17 December 2019

We engaged Daniela to cook for us for 10 days in Umbria. The number of guests ranged from 4 to 10, depending upon the day. Daniela’s meals were magnificent every day and we got a wonderful exposure to authentic cooking of the region. She was incredibly flexible, too, and able to prepare meals that were off the “menu” with no difficulty. We loved having her with us in the evenings because she was always warm and congenial. She became part of the family in the end. Not only were her meals excellent, she was able to cater for all kinds of special needs, including celiac, dairy free, sugar free, etc., with no difficulty. I would highly recommend Daniela to anyone who wants to experience a carefree experience of the best of Umbrian dining in a relaxed atmosphere. She is efficient, always on time, full of ideas, and an expert in her trade. We will seek her out again when we return to Citta` di Castello.


Daniella our professional chef put the icing on our holiday!

5.0 rating
8 December 2019

Spent a week in Sterlinghe, Citta Di Castello. It was wonderful to come home each evening from a hard day enjoying ourselves….to be met by Daniella with fresh, home cooked, amazing dinners. We didn’t have to go out, but could relax confident that we’d be well fed. Daniella is a gifted chef. She is friendly, flexible, professional and completely committed to providing great food. I would highly recommend her as a must have addition to holidaying in Umbria.

Maura Doyle

An Absolute Must for your Umbrian Holiday

5.0 rating
3 December 2019

Our host hired Daniela to make dinner for 7 consecutive days, a genius move turning a great vacation into a perfect vacation. We returned to Villa Sterlinghe after touring each day to her warm presence, and relaxed as she cooked for a revolving roster of Celiac, dairy-free, sugar-free and very selective guests from all over the world. Her Thanksgiving turkey was the finest I’ve ever had; her simple salad phenomenal. A true chef, she adapts on a dime, sourcing all-organic ingredients from her family farm or locally. She graciously rattles off recipes! The last few nights she joined us at the table, sharing priceless local wisdom, hilarity and becoming one of the family. Can’t recommend her highly enough.


Your Home in Umbria

5.0 rating
19 November 2019

Daniela, you made the Villa feel like home with your delicious home cooking every night. Our meals together were the best part of our Umbrian vacation! Every night was made special gathering in the kitchen and sharing a meal together. We had great fun on Pasta and Pizza night! My husband’s Birthday Dinner was extraordinary with Linguini with Baby Clams, Branzino, fresh from the Adriatic, and delicious Tiramisu with candles!! Thank you for your smiling face, great English, interesting stories about Umbria and wonderful cooking. We wlll see you again on another vacation in Umbria. Ciao xo Laura Lee Miller

Laura Lee Miller

Fun and delicious pasta making class

5.0 rating
5 September 2019

Daniela offers cookery classes to guests of the apartments she manages in Montone. We booked a class for our family of three, and it was one of the highlights of our holiday (along with the truffle hunting and wine tasting, also arranged by Daniela!). We spent a happy few hours in Daniela’s spacious home kitchen learning how to create tagliatelle from scratch. She and her chef husband also taught us to fry courgette flowers the Italian way – really tasty! Truffle bruschetta and a simple but delicious dessert completed the spread for an enjoyable and relaxed lunch. Virtually all the ingredients were locally grown or produced by Daniela’s family and neighbours. Daniela speaks great English and is very welcoming with an infectious passion for food and cooking. I can highly recommend her!

Stephanie Strutt