20 years’ experience in teaching Italian Homestyle Cooking in a traditional ancient home in the Tuscan countryside, defined “Dream Trip “ by Budget Travel , “A Trip you must do once” by Fox News, “Top Destination for Foodie” by Waitrose Food Illustrated.
Toscana Mia Sisters, Simonetta & Paola, have been in the Food and Wine field for many years mixing family heritage and personal experiences.
Grown in a family from North and South of Italy, living in the Centre of the Peninsula, with a grandfather producing Amarone wine, and a great possibility of collecting traditional authentic recipes from locals and tasting local gourmet food, Simonetta and Paola have got a great knowledge of the Italian Culinary tradition but especially a love for Italian Cooking.
Cooking classes started in an ancient home in the Tuscan countryside, surrounded by vineyards and olive groves that, with its large kitchens, offer the possibility of welcoming friends around the table to cook and to eat, enjoying the pleasure of sharing table.
From the same kitchen now Private Virtual Cooking Classes online classes on zoom for cross-country families, friends, companies, team building and special events and 1-to -1 cooking sessions on Amazon Explore experiences, as teaching Italian cooking is the perfect chance to put together love for cooking and interest in meeting people from all over the world.
For the Toscana Mia Sisters, sharing their knowledge of recipes and products from all over Italy is also the possibility of sharing a healthy lifestyle with organic products and care for zero waste.
As locals living in Italy, Simonetta & Paola know their country, traditional recipes, and the newest trends.
Blog, Instagram, prerecorded classes on YouTube and Udemy are part of Toscana Mia activity to share authentic Italian cooking.
I’ve loved to cook since I was 9 years old.
Reading cookbooks, experimenting recipes and food, also from other countries. Cooking with my mother and sister was normal having always friends at lunch or parties.
Probably because of my scientific mind I got degree in Biology at the University of Florence. Because of the International family connections I studied English, French and Spanish
Started my career as a researcher in a Biology Centre and went on as Nutrition Expert for a Dutch Company
Then I started thinking that the family company we had, a Foreign Language school had much more to do with my love for travelling and meeting people.
The demand for Italian Cooking Classes and friendship with restaurant chefs, transformed my hobby into my main work.
I used to be a city person and I still love cities but I learnt to appreciate the beauty and lifestyle of Chianti countryside
The first smell I remember in my life is a white pizza with rosemary on top;at 8 years I played the part of a chef in a theatre piece.
With a passion for communication, I got degree in Foreign Languages, at the University of Florence :English, German, French and others for passion.
I started my career as an Interpreter /Translator in different fields and following a family tradition I moved to Diplomatic Career doing International studies but the desire to work independent was too strong and joined the family Foreign Language School.
I found that my true love is teaching and I became teacher of Italian Language,Director of School for Foreigners and Teacher of Italian Cooking.
I love the country ,walking in the olive groves and follow seasons’ changes with my daughters and then shopping in town.
She is 10 years old and she was born in the house next to our and she spent all her life here.She speaks several languages, as far as you pet and feed her.
She is the official trainer of the neighbours’ dogs.