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Bolgheri - Castagneto Carducci

Ciao, I’m Chicca. I have been teaching Italian cooking classes for over 20 years in our farmhouse located on The wine Road that leads to Bolgheri, known for some of the finest wines in the world. I have cooked and shared authentic Italian recipes passed down in my family for generations with guests from all over the world. I believe in home cooking, in the power of fresh and good ingredients.
I teach in-person cooking classes as well as online live cooking classes. We also offer a weeklong food & wine trip and a variety of food & wine day tours in our unique medieval villages and stunning wineries.
Our property La Casa Toscana has two spacious apartments for rent where you can live your full experience in Tuscany.
If you like to cook authentic home food and traditional recipes in the Tuscan countryside, join me in my kitchen to discover the true depth of one of the world’s richest culinary cultures.

Join My Italian Cooking Classes - Since 2001

Chicca's Cooking Club - Online and In-Person Cooking Classes in Tuscany

If you're traveling to Tuscany and you want to learn authentic Italian and Tuscan recipes, join me in my home kitchen for a hands-on cooking class. If you can't come to my kitchen, I can bring Italian food into your home through our online classes LIVE from Tuscany. You can join Chicca's Cooking Club and our community of food enthusiasts by enrolling in a seasonal membership or by purchasing our online classes individually à la carte.

Free Online Pasta Class August 3, 2024
Not expert on making gnocchi? Master how to make this Italian's favorite using just flour and water. This is the perfect and simplest recipe for you, just click and connect from wherever you are!

Discover Our Online Live Cooking Classes
Join Chicca’s Cooking Club, our community of happy cooks. We offer an online membership program and à la carte online cooking classes LIVE from Tuscany. We bring Italian food in your home!

Cook With Me In My Tuscan Kitchen! In Person Classes
During our in-person cooking classes, we will prepare a complete menu from scratch using traditional recipes passed down in my family. You'll learn lots of great tips and tricks of Italian cuisine!

Cooking Class

Your Memorable Trip: A 5-Day Wine & Culinary Adventure In The Heart Of Tuscany

Join us for a special vacation in the heart of Super Tuscan wine country, on the Mediterranean coast of Tuscany. You’ll cook authentic Italian recipes in my farmhouse, discover centuries-old villages, eat like a local in my favorite restaurants, meet our beloved winemakers, tour stunning vineyards and taste some world famous Bolgheri DOC wines.


Cook With Me In My Tuscan Kitchen! One Day In Person Cooking Classes

We offer a variety of courses also combined with wine tastings. During our in-person cooking classes, we will prepare a complete menu from scratch using traditional recipes passed down in my family. We’ll pair fresh, seasonal ingredients with world-class Bolgheri DOC wines. You'll learn lots of great tips and tricks of Italian cuisine to take home!

Discover Our Food & Wine Tours - One Day Experience in Tuscany

Discover our unique medieval villages, local products, culinary excellence and world-class wines on our Tuscan Food & Wine Tours. We’ll walk with you through our charming towns and introduce you to great food specialties while telling you stories about their history and culture. We’ll take you away from the crowds, sharing with you a delicious and memorable experience in Tuscany!

Guests on exclusive private wine tasting and food tour

Flavors Of Tuscany: A Unique Tasting Day

Tour guests tasting the tuscan red wine and food
Bolgheri Food & Wine Tour

Bolgheri Food & Wine Tasting Classic Tour

Guest in front of restaurant with local Tuscany food and red wine

Castagneto Food & Drink Tasting Tour

Get A Glimpse Of Chicca's Cooking Club Recipes

Chicca's Cooking Club members have access to our growing library of on-demand classes, full of delicious dishes to add to your meal rotation at home!
Each includes a replay video, shopping list, recipe instructions. Over 60 classes from previous seasons on demand. A growing collection of members-only videos from Chicca to enjoy at your own convenience, including quick cooking tips to improve your skills.

  • homemade pasta
  • chocolate semi freddo
  • pesto lasagna recipe
  • dish of gnocchi made from butternut squash

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What our guests are saying…

Chicca’s Cooking Club has been a delightful experience. The recipes Chicca guides us through via Zoom from her Tuscan farmhouse are simple and easy to prepare! I would never have attempted to make gnocchi without her guidance. Now I feel confident to make it for my family. Another benefit of the class is the many “tips and tricks” of food prep and kitchen setup that Chicca shares with us. An afternoon spent cooking with Chicca always leads to a great day ~ and an outstanding meal!
- Deb
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My husband and I had a superb day in Bolgheri with Chicca! She is a wonderful tour guide with great knowledge of the local history and all the places to stop in town, in addition to being a friendly, outgoing person. She keeps the conversation flowing and is very easy to talk to!
The pace of the tour is just right and spread out nicely between wine and coffee tastings, gelato, and a delicious lunch (the wild boar ragu is one of my favorite meals we've had!). Bolgheri is a darling town with good shops, ranging from a clay sculptor to locally made perfume and you will get to experience it fully on this tour!
- Katia
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An unforgettable cooking adventure for the whole family in a lovely Tuscan villa. Chicca is a wonderful host who teaches everyone recipes handed down through the generations from her grandmother. We went for the local delights class where we learned authentic Italian recipes like fresh gnocchi, ravioli with spinach and ricotta, amazing meatballs, and an indulgent chocolate cake. We went with our local italian friends who had little children under 5 years old. Everyone was thoroughly entertained and impressed with the beautiful food and company. Amazing and a must-do in Tuscany.
- Adrien
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