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.
Dinner At Home
It was a birthday of my partner and as a surprise I had asked for a Chef at home. Saverio ( one of Daniella”s chefs) came. He came two hours before dinner. In no time delicious aromas danced through the kitchen. Saverio is very friendly and an excellent chef. He set the table, served tge diner snd left the kitchen immaculate. A very special evening to remember and worth repeating!
Super activities organised by Daniela
We were a party of 8 adults and 2 babies holidaying in Umbria and we really enjoyed all the classes organised by Daniela. Everything was very efficiently organised even when a yoga class taking place outdoors had to be reorganised due to a hailstorm!
Daniela and all the people running the classes are super friendly and everything takes place in the holiday house which is so convenient for families with small children.
The pasta making class by Daniela was great and there was so much food for our meal later in the day. Two great sauces including pesto sauce made that same morning with ingredients from Daniela’s own garden for our vegetarians!
The pizza class was also well received by our family with the best pizza I have personally ever tasted. Again some dough was left over for us to use at a later date.
The wine tasting class was superb and Rossana was very knowledgable and friendly. She works at a local vineyard with delicious wines . We later organised a private visit to the vineyard for a very enjoyable tour as we enjoyed the wines so much!
The yoga class was in the evening in our garden and was a great way to relax at the end of a day by the pool .
It was lovely to meet and chat with Daniela about local food and recipes .
She runs a very efficient business and would not hesitate to recommend her to anyone.