An Absolute Must for your Umbrian Holiday
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
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
Fun and delicious pasta making class
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!
Unforgettable meal prepared by Daniela at our villa
Daniela is a very skilled chef who cooks with love. She prepared a wonderful meal at our holiday villa to celebrate my 70th birthday. Every course, from antipasti, pasta to main course and tiramisu, was delicious. In fact, it was so good we have asked her to come back and prepare another meal. If you want a memorable meal cooked for you by a chef who knows how to prepare great Italian food, ask Daniela
Excellent Local Private Chef
Daniela was fantastic.
I stayed at a private villa in northwestern Umbria with my family (me, my wife, and our three young kids, all under 10 years old) and Daniela exceeded our expectations.
As the house manager, she was always prompt, patient, friendly, clear and detailed in her communication before arrival, as well as throughout our stay.
As our chef, she cooked dinner for us for four (out of our ten) nights, and it could not have been a better experience. The food was excellent, fresh, and all local. Daniela shopped, prepared, served and cleaned everything so all we had to do was show up and eat. Most (if not all) of the ingredients (fresh vegetables, black truffles, zucchini flowers, pecorino) were either from local markets she picked up that morning or from her own personal garden. She offered us specific local menus in advance, but was open to last-minute changes or personal preferences, including for our young daughter who is a picky eater. Every night we had different cheeses, salamis, bruschetta, pasta, meat/chicken/fish, salad, vegetables, and homemade dessert. She also picked up local wine for us. And the price is very reasonable — you’re basically having top shelf local Umbrian cooking for less than the cost of a local acclaimed restaurant.
Working with Daniela was a joy. We travel abroad regularly, my wife runs a high-end food business, and this could not have been a nicer or easier experience.