October 9, 2017-Monday Evening, Arezzo

October 9, 2017-Monday Evening, Arezzo

Andréa, our driver, picked us up in the van and drove us across town to Chef Lalla’s cooking studio. Little did we know how fabulous this would be. She greeted us with stuzzichini – a delicious bruschetta, cheese with clementine jam and an aperitivo of  prosecco.

After donning our aprons, we mixed the flour and eggs together for the pasta, and we began to roll the dough.

Here is the pile of noodles made by the six of us. We all got busy with food prep while Chef Lalla gave advice and worked at the stove top.

The Tagliatelle “au coltello” Con Ragú di Salciccia e Timo, the primo or first course was ready. Tagliatelle refers to the type of noodle. Since we cut all sizes of noodles for practice, our version isn’t just tagliatelle. Ragú di salciccia e timo means it is a sausage meat sauce with thyme. It was delicious,hearty and savory.

Chef Lalla ate a small portion, but then returned to her cooking station, a five burner gas range, to complete the preparation of the Segundo, or second course, escalloped Italian zucchini and potato. She also prepared the chicken fillets, cooked in vinasanto, a sweet white wine. It is customary for Italians to eat all of these courses in a slow hearty meal. While we enjoyed eating the segundo, she prepared the dessert – sliced apples also cooked in the vinsanto and topped with ricotta mousse and pine nuts. For the official Italian, see the menu below.


Our cooking adventure has begun, and we have 3 more of these extravagant lessons ahead of us.

About muniqueblog

Wife, mother, retired educator, emerging artist. Mary has lived in 10 states and enjoyed them all ~ Minnesota, Wisconsin, Texas, Illinois, Kansas, Hawaii, California, Utah, Minnesota (return), North Carolina with long term visits to Colorado and Arizona. She likes to travel and create textile art. She has exhibited at the Page-Walker Art Gallery and History Center in Cary, North Carolina; Emerald Art Center, Springfield Oregon; Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, Illinois; Spartanburg ArtIst Center, Spartanburg, GA; Durham-Orange Quilt Show; Minnesota Quilt Show; the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival and the Quilt Fest of New Jersey.
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7 Responses to October 9, 2017-Monday Evening, Arezzo

  1. Marianne Ritter, sister-in-law of Norm and Mary Ritter, wife of Jim Ritter - Wayne, NJ says:

    Everything sounds and looks yummy! I am enjoying all vicariously. Glad you are having such fun.

    Marianne Ritter

    Liked by 1 person

    • muniqueblog says:

      The touring outside of Arezzo and the cooking are really highlights. I will definitely recommend you read about Casamonte on Tripadviser as it is a beautiful ride through Tuscany with a driver, and the meal they serve is the real highlight. Easy walking access too.


  2. aimolde2013 says:

    Wow! It must have been delicious!! What fun!

    Ingrid Molde Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind. Sent from my I Pad


    Liked by 1 person

    • muniqueblog says:

      The cooking class is fabulous! Such good directions, and our leader is going to translate the recipes for us. Check out Casamonte ( my next blog) on Tripadviser, for your next trip here.


  3. Dee Ann says:

    Lucky Norm to be the recipient of your new talents!!!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Norm says:

    Looks like everyone is enjoying the outing.

    Liked by 1 person

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