Cooking Simonetta

Simonetta introduces you to her kitchen, full of books, spices,  jars full of dried fruit...and naturally with her pots and pans hanging from the wall, because there is no room left. Cooking courses are a full immersion in her lifestyle, a mix of food and culture, but also of practicality.  Learn to make dishes which you can easily reproduce at your home,  and you will amaze yourselves by creating ravioli, fresh pasta, gnocchi, pizza...Simonetta will teach you the simple but important tricks of everyday cooking, such as how to substitute an ingredient at the last moment, but what really counts is to have a passion for food...and some fresh herbs at hand.

The dishes are those of  traditional Tuscany, such as duck seasoned with wild fennel, meat ragout, pici, tagliatelle with tomato sauce,  cantucci biscuits, but also Renaissance dishes, such as duck with orange sauce and “carabaccia”, taken to France by Caterina De Medici in the XVth century, and then arrived at popularity as the famous Soup à l'Oignon.

Included are the classic dishes of Italian cooking, such as Pizza, Ricotta Cheese and Spinach Ravioli, potato Gnocchi, stockfish salad, and many more!

Participants can be from one to a maximum of eight people, all working with the ingredients to create the final dish, all following the various steps and being allowed to taste ...but above all we aim to have fun

After the cooking course comes the best time - to eat the food, and so “tutti a tavola”, together with a good glass of wine...

It is possible to choose from two cooking classes at Casa Bellavista.


Pizza e Pasta

The course is preferably held starting in the morning, from 11.00 to 15.00

We start by preparing the dough for the pizza, and then during cooking we will prepare tagliatelle, ravioli or gnocchi. Sauces will be the simplest but the most delicious sauces of Mediterranean cuisine.

For 1 person          Euro   100.00 per perso

For 2 people          Euro   80.00 per person

For 3 people          Euro   70.00 per person

For 4 to 8 people   Euro   65.00 per person



An Italian Traditional Meal

The course is preferably held in the afternoon, starting around 15.30 to finish around 21.00


For 1 person         Euro   200.00 per person

For 2 people          Euro   130.00 per person

For 3 people          Euro   115.00 per person

For 4 to 8 people   Euro   110.00 per person


We will prepare four courses chosen from:


PIZZA and FOCACCIA with aromatic herbs


Liver patè “crostini”

 (chicken liver, capers and anchovies)

Sardines with orange and lemon

(fresh sardines )

Spelt salad

(spelt, tomatoes, celery, capers, anchovies)

Zucchini flowers stuffed with ricotta cheese

 (zucchini flowers, eggplant, tomatoes, pepper and ricotta)

Zucchini or eggplant Flan

(zucchini or eggplants, béchamel, parmesan, eggs, tomatoes)


(bread, onion, celery, cucumber, tomatoes)     

Strudel with scarola

(scarola, black olives, capers, anchovies)

Vegetable cake

(grilled eggplants, mozzarella, parmesan, tomatoes, capers, anchovies)


(zucchini/eggplants/spinach, eggs, ricotta cheese, parmesan)

Stuffed Red Pepper

(pepper mozzarella cheese, black olives, capers, tomatoes, anchovies)


(cuttlefish, capers, anchovies, black olives)


Tagliatelle noodles

(fresh pasta )

Pasta with cauliflower

(pasta, cauliflower, celery, anchovies)

Ravioli with Spinach and Ricotta

(fresh ravioli stuffed with spinach and ricotta)

Tagliatelle with peas and asparagus

(Fresh pasta, peas, asparagus, lemon zest)

Gnocchi with chick-pea flour with a vegetarian sauce

(fresh gnocchi, spinach, broccoli, leek, carot)

Gnocchi with fresh tomato sauce

(fresh gnocchi, tomatoes, garlic)

Chick Pea Soup

(chick pea, onion, carrot, garlic, celery)

Ricotta gnocchi with tomatoes and Pesto

(ricotta cheese, flour, eggs, basil, pine nuts)

Spaghetti alla carbonara

(spaghetti, pancetta, eggs)

Gnocchi with asparagus

(fresh gnocchi, asparagus, peas, lemon zest)

Gnocchi with spinach and ricotta cheese

(ricotta cheese, spinach, egg)

Ragu’ (with this sauce you can combine with pasta or with gnocchi)

(chicken liver, minced veal, minced pork, parsley, celery, carrot, tomatoes)


Duck with Wild Fennel

(duck, wild fennel, rosemary, garlic, sage)

Duck with oranges

(duck, oranges, rosemary, garlic)

Chicken de’Medici Style

(chicken cutlets, spinach, pecorino  cheese)

Stuffed squid or cuttlefish

(squid or cuttlefish, tomatoes, black olives, capers, stale bread)

Guinea Fowl with apples

(guinea fowl boned, prunes, hazelnuts, apple, orange, rosemary)

Pork with aromatic Herbs

(pork chops, sage, garlic, rosemary, thyme)

Rabbit Etruscan style

(rabbit including the liver, black olives, sage, onion, carrot, garlic)

Chicken with lemon

(chicken cutlets, lemon, sage)


(Veal, chianti wine, carrot, celery, garlic, pepper, chianti wine, sage, rosemary)

Polpette alla fiorentina (meat balls with tomatoes sauce)

(minced veal, milk, eggs, garlic, lemon, tomatoes, carrot, celery, parsley) 

Hake a’ l’orange

(hake, orange, anchovy sage)


Ricotta cake

(ricotta cheese, vanilla wafers, chocolate, orange juice, rum, cream)

Cantucci Biscuits

(flour, sugar, butter, almonds, butter, egg)

Fruit Cake

(flour, sugar, egg, butter, jam and fresh fruit)

Lemon Cake

(flour, sugar, egg, butter, cream cheese, lemon, almond, rum)

Chocolate cake

(chocolate, butter, egg, rum)


(milk, amaretti cookies, sugar, rum, cocoa)

Panna Cotta

(cream, milk, sugar)

Grandmother’s cake

(flour, butter, sugar, pine nuts, egg, milk)

Ricotta Tart

(ricotta, raisins, vanilla, eggs, zesto of orange and lemon)

Coffee tart

(flour, butter, sugar, coffee, egg, milk)

All prices for both classes include:

hands-on cooking school

lunch or dinner

taxes and service charge

Items not included:


anything not specified in the above list



Casa Bellavista offers its guests a wine list with 80 different labelsIf the guests wish to bring their own wine I will charge Euro 10.00 (net rate) as “corkage” cost.



from 0 to 15 days before the date 100% of the total cost

A credit card number with expiry date is requested as confirmation at time of booking

For any further information please do not hesitate to contact me directly.

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N.B. Tell me if you have any food intolerance, special allergies, celiac disease or specific tastes.


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