September 11: Panzanella Tuscan summer bread salad

Join us for this class on: Saturday, September 11

10:30am PT / 1:30pm ET / 7:30pm Italy

If summer gives you ripe tomatoes and stale bread, make a panzanella. During this class, we’ll make together one of the most popular traditional recipes from Tuscany, panzanella or Tuscan tomato bread salad. 

Panzanella is a dish of peasant’s origin, when bread was baked once a week and nothing went to waste. During those times, stale bread, hard as a rock after 4-5 days, found its new life in different preparations like panzanella. 

This recipe has caused many arguments about which variation is best, as each province, town and family in Tuscany has its own recipe. 

Despite this passionate debate, I developed my recipe using the classic base: soaked stale bread, vinegar, tomatoes, cucumber, onion and basil. A good drizzle of the best extra virgin olive oil is a must. 

This is a perfect, fresh dish to cherish on your summer table.

Key Ingredients

– stale sourdough or ciabatta bread
– tomatoes
– sweet or red onion
– cucumber
– basil
– apple cider vinegar



When are live cooking classes held?

Online classes will be twice per month on Saturdays, around lunch time in the United States, dinner time in Italy. Our schedule allows for mainland U.S. time zones to participate around lunch time, while it’s evening in Italy. Classes start 10:30am PT / 1:30pm ET / 7:30pm Italy and go for 60-90 minutes.

How much does each class cost?

A la carte classes are $36 per device. Want to save 35% on live classes? Learn about becoming a Chicca’s Cooking Club member.

When will I know what ingredients to purchase for the classes?

The full recipe and list of ingredients for each class are already published on each Class page, so you can start to prepare for future classes as soon as you enroll. You will also receive a shopping list by email about one week in advance, with a reminder the day before class.

When is the latest I can enroll in a class?

Enrollment will stay open until the last minute. However, for the best experience, we recommend enrolling at least 24 hours in advance – and even further in advance if you need extra time to shop for ingredients. Additionally, important instructions will be sent out the day before each class.

What if I miss a live cooking class or have to leave early?

Participants will have access to video recordings of any class they purchase. That way you can watch the replay (and cook) whenever is most convenient for you.

How does it work? Do I need a special program to participate in the membership?

Cooking classes will be held on Zoom. This requires a quick and easy download, but you do not need a special Zoom account to participate (we’ll send all the instructions on how to use Zoom if you register for a class)

Class information and video replays will be hosted on this website. You will set up a password to access your class page when you enroll.

Important, class communications will be sent out via email.

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