Let the magic begin! Picture yourself learning the fundamentals of Italian cuisine under the guidance of a master chef in the kitchen of a 17th century Tuscan villa, dining on a classic Italian “festa” with a trio of Principe Corsini wines.
HOW TO MAKE FRESH PASTA
Pasta is considered the world’s most favorite food made simply with flour, eggs, water and salt. The key to tender pasta begins with using “00” Italian flour. It is lower in gluten and exceptionally light which yields a much softer and more supple dough. Follow Chef Laura Ceccherini’s easy steps for pasta perfection!
Immersed in the traditions of Italian cooking, our first task required making “pasta fresca” for our dish, Tagliatelle with Parmesan cheese and Pepper Sauce. Butter being a key ingredient made this dish truly rich, royal and delicious in every sense. Using our hands to mix the butter and Parmesan cheese, this sauce was truly memorable. Laura wanted us to put our heart and our soul in every dish. It is the Italian way! That’s what makes everything taste so delicious.
Panzanella is a traditional Tuscan salad made with day old bread, soaked in water and vinegar and mixed with garden fresh vegetables. Back in time, bread was only baked once a week in communal ovens. Stale bread was a staple of life and Tuscans became masters at transforming it into delicious rustic recipes which have become part of their culinary heritage. Tomatoes only became a key ingredient in the salad after they were introduced from the new world in the 17th century. In 1865, a “royal” Panzanella was made for King Vittorio Emanuele when he visited the Chianti Region. The salad was made with white bread, basil and tomatoes symbolizing the colors of the new Italian Kingdom. We loved Laura’s recipe using the onions soaked in white wine vinegar removing the bitterness allowing all the flavors to meld together beautifully.
Chicken dredged in flour, fried in olive oil and drenched in white wine. Simply divine, this recipe is easy to make and absolutely delicious. A wonderful complement to the pasta dish.
Tiramisu is the quintessential Italian dessert which means “pick me up” for good reason. It is a coffee flavored dessert made of lady fingers (savoiardi) dipped in expresso layered with a whipped mixture of eggs, sugar and mascarpone cheese and dusted with cocoa. It is sometimes called Tuscan Trifle as a version of this dates back to the 17th century in Siena where the dessert filling was made of custard. Chef Ceccherini’s recipe makes individual servings with mascarpone cheese.