I was born in Livorno and grew up in a Southern Italian family. My mother is from the Amalfi Coast and my father is from Sicily. My best memories are those of summer Sundays spent watching my grandmother start early in the morning making fresh pasta. I also enjoyed learning from my mother who enjoyed preparing delicious Neapolitan cuisine. The first time I made fresh pasta, I was seven years old. I will never forget that day as it’s one of my favorite family memories.
When I was 21, I moved to Switzerland. Moving outside of Italy taught me to explore and appreciate the difference in the food and the culture. When I returned to Italy, I started a new venture. As a baker, I worked with dough and learned to create masterpieces from simple ingredients. The smell of the freshly baked bread was inebriating. All of this… my family history in the kitchen, my travel to other parts of the world and learning to enjoy new cultures and food, and my time as a baker … made me fall in love with the miracle of creation.
My jobs from that point forward revolved around the world of fashion, but my dream was to hold a cooking class in Tuscany to share my knowledge and love for the cuisine of my heritage.