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Arte Culinaria

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Key Information:
Class Size: 2 - 4 people
Destination: Italy  
Category: Cooking schools
Specialty: Italian  
Season: January - December
Courses Per Year: 20
Course Level: All levels
Min Price: 500 Euro (EUR) per person
Max Price: 1200 Euro (EUR) per person

We are an exciting new residential cookery school for food enthusiasts. Enjoy an Italian cooking holiday in the heart of the Prosecco wine area in the Veneto. Stay in our beautifully restored farmhouse, where Antonella will teach you how to prepare wonderful meals at home. Her philosophy is that food is central to life; it should be full of flavor, beautifully presented, and eaten in a pleasing, relaxing ambiance. It shouldn’t be necessary to spend hours in preparation either; all it needs are the right skills and attitude. It’s a question of lifestyle.

The Veneto is bordered to the north by the spectacular Dolomites, to the east by the Adriatic coast, and to the west by Lake Garda. Venice is merely the jewel in the crown. It is a vibrant economic area, yet it has a cultural heritage that is hard to match anywhere in the world. Cison is located 50km to the north of Venice and 65km south of Cortina d'Ampezzo. The beautiful towns of Treviso, Padova, Belluno, Bassano, Vicenza, Asolo and Feltre all lie within a one hour radius.

Since we normally take a maximum of six people, we will tailor-make your holiday as far as we can. Our cookery courses last either one week or three days, but if you get your own group together then we can possibly adapt to suit your needs. Small numbers means greater flexibility; we are dedicated to tailor-making holidays to satisfy individual desires. Lessons are fully hands-on, flexible and fun. We combine lessons in the kitchen with cultural tours. All transport will be arranged and there will be trips to local food markets, wine producers, and places of cultural interest. We look after you from the moment you arrive at the airport. We offer a blue-print for your stay with us – you then tell us beforehand about any particular interests.

Antonella Tagliapietra’s courses are fully hands-on, instructive and fun. The focus is the cuisine of the Veneto; its antipasti, pastas, risottos, gnocchi, crespelle, sorbets, main courses and desserts. Ingredients used are seasonal; you might prepare an asparagus lasagna, a pumpkin risotto, crespelle stuffed with radicchio di Treviso...dishes that are full of flavor, beautifully presented, and eaten in charming, relaxing surroundings.

Meals are accompanied by wines of the Veneto, Friuli, and Trentino Alto-Adige. One of the great joys of Italian wine is the existence of many indigenous grape varieties; there are hundreds of gems in our area just waiting to be discovered. Taste the wonderful whites of malvasia, ribolla gialla and incrocio manzoni, and the reds of raboso, refosco and schioppettino - among others. There will be no dogma however; you can also drink your Cabernet Sauvignons, Merlots and Chardonnays. Appetites are stimulated with the local sparkling prosecco, and local grappas can top off your meal.

Sample week course:

Day 1: Saturday. Collected from airport. Settle into Casa Gialla. Welcoming drinks and dinner;

Day 2: Sunday. Breakfast. Relaxed morning, allowing a wander around our beautiful village. After lunch the first cookery lesson. Dinner, eating the fruits of the lesson;

Day 3: Monday. Breakfast. Second cookery lesson in the morning. Lunch. Afternoon tour around local area, seeing one of the best examples of 13th century abbeys in Italy, a beautiful old waterwheel, and a visit to a local wine producer. Dinner;

Day 4: Tuesday. Breakfast. Third cookery lesson. Afternoon trip to Villa Barbaro, one of PalladioТs greatest masterpieces, decorated with frescoes by Veronese. Then to the beautiful hill-town of Asolo. Dinner;

Day 5: Wednesday. Breakfast. A day trip. It could be to Venice, the Dolomites, Padova, Vicenza, Belluno, Bassano d. Grappa, Feltre, Treviso, or any other place within a reasonable distance;

Day 6: Thursday. Breakfast. Fourth cookery lesson. Lunch. Afternoon free to enjoy a local walk or visit to Castel Brando on the hillside or go clothes shopping at local factories. Antonella will bake bread in our 18th century bread oven. Dinner;

Day 7: Friday. Breakfast. Morning trip to food market at Conegliano. Lunch. Fifth cookery lesson, preparing for the farewell dinner;

Day 8: Saturday. Breakfast. Taken to airport for flights.

Sample three day course:

Day 1: Saturday. Collected from airport. Settle into Casa Gialla. Welcoming drinks and dinner.

Day 2: Sunday. Breakfast. Relaxed morning, allowing a wander around our beautiful village. After lunch the first cookery lesson. Dinner, eating the fruits of the lesson;

Day 3: Monday. Breakfast. Second cookery lesson in the morning. Lunch. Afternoon tour. Many beautiful towns are within easy traveling distance. You may visit one of the best examples of 13th century abbeys in Italy. You could see Asolo, a beautiful hill-town beloved by Robert Browning among others, or a visit to a local wine producer. Dinner;

Day 4: Tuesday. Breakfast. Third cookery lesson in the morning. Lunch. Taken to airport for flights.

Price Includes:

- Accommodation,
- Meals and wine (apart from lunch on the free day in the weekly course),
- Transport to and from airport,
- All trips,
- An 'arte culinaria' apron,
- A handout of the recipes learned.

Three-day courses: Single participant - Euro 650; friend or partner not participating in cookery lessons - Euro 500.

Weekly courses: Single participant - Euro 1,200; friend or partner not participating in cookery lessons - Euro 900.

If you have a friend or partner who wishes to accompany you, but not take part in the cookery lessons? He or she can be very well catered for. There are many beautiful walks, we have mountain bikes and a small indoor swimming pool, and there is a spa in a castle that lies a short distance away. There are numerous producers of stylish clothes and shoes in the area. Buy their products at factory prices. A local sculptor offers lessons in his art. Remember, you are coming to the most fascinating region in Italy.


Accommodation at Casa Gialla consists of two double bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms. We also have a self-contained apartment with a double bedroom. A further single bedroom in the main house can be used if two guests don't mind sharing a bathroom - a small unit ideal for a family with one or two children. All rooms are full of character and are beautifully decorated throughout. The kitchen where courses take place is full of character, maintaining an old rustic style, while being well equipped with modern equipment. Views of our courtyard, and the medieval castle on the hillside behind, are quite stunning.

Faculty Information:
Courses are conducted by Antonella Tagliapietra, who has a real passion for cooking. Antonella takes traditional Italian recipes, but is not afraid to add her own creativity to produce wonderful results. There should be no mystery about cooking; Antonella shows how to produce dishes that burst with flavor. Classes are fully hands-on, with a maximum of six students. Each lesson lasts around three hours, the fruits of which are eaten afterwards in wonderful surroundings. Having lived in London, Antonella speaks fluent English.

Other Activities:
Cultural tours are an integral part of our package. Enjoy Palladian architecture, local food markets, wineries, medieval towns and the spectacular Dolomites. Go for walks or ride our mountain bikes. Relax in the spa in the medieval castle on the hillside. Buy designer clothes at factory prices. Non-cooking friends or partners can even take sculpture lessons with a local craftsman.

Facility Information:
Our kitchen is full of old-world charm yet is furnished with modern equipment throughout. We have two double bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms in the house, plus a self-contained apartment attached to the property. There is a small indoor swimming pool plus table-tennis table for seasonal use. The buildings all surround a charming courtyard, where we also have an 18th century bread oven which we use. Views from the property are spectacular.

At least 30% of total course fees to be paid when booking the course. The balance can be paid during the course itself. It is recommended to take out travel insurance to cover you in event of illnesses etc.

About This Supplier
Location: Italy
Joined InfoHub: Jul 2005
Client Request Served: 5

M05345 was founded in 2005 by Antonella Tagliapietra. Antonella has always had a passion for cooking ever since she spent much time in the kitchen as a youngster with her mother. Not content with learning about her native Italian cuisine, she has studied Indian and Thai cuisines with professional cooks. Having lived in...

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