Joining a cooking class with Let’s Cook in Umbria was one of the best decisions I made for our vacation. We stayed in Perugia after Florence and before Rome, and I thought a cooking class would be a great way to learn more about the region. Rafaella was very responsive to my initial inquiry and subsequent questions, and my husband and I looked forward to meeting her. We happened to be the only students in the class that day, which was fine with us, as we had more hands-on time making the dishes. My husband usually doesn’t cook, but had expressed an interest in learning, so I let him handle some of the more complex tasks, while I handled chopping and compiling. It was perfect! With instructor Stefania’s direction, he rolled and placed the dough for the crostata, and then cut the lattice top. He also made the pasta dough, rolled it, and cut the tagliatelle. It was great to watch him learning from Stefania. The time flew by, and soon we were sitting down to enjoy the four-course meal of millefoglie melanzane, tagliatelle zucca, maiale uva, and cherry crostata, accompanied by a bottle of Rafaella’s delicious wine. From the dining room, we had a splendid view of the countryside, and after lunch, we wandered around Rafaella’s farm, looking at her olive trees and chickens. We loved our time with Rafaella and Stefania, two friends who launched this business and who are passionate about sharing their knowledge of traditional Umbrian dishes. My husband was inspired by the experience, and will be making tagliatelle this evening. Grazie, Rafaella and Stefania!
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