Vita Casalinga, or life of the homemaker, is a daily celebration of the warmth and joy that comes from sharing meals with friends and family. Learn to prepare meals that honor this at one of our seasonal cooking classes, in beautiful Sonoma wine country in northern California or in locations throughout Italy, where we focus on seasonal regional cooking using traditional cooking tools and techniques with a focus on terracotta. Sign up to receive our seasonal (4 x per year) newsletter with information on upcoming classes, recipes and special sales.

Upcoming Classes

Pistoia, Tuscany, Italy – Mare e Monti

Cooking Class in Tuscany

Discover the secrets of Tuscan cooking from the seaside (mare) all the way to the mountains (monti) in this 7-day culinary adventure. Meet local home chefs, small food producers, shop for ingredients at the mercato al fresco that we’ll use to prepare our meals and more. You will leave a piece of your heart behind with your new Tuscan friends for sure.

7 spots available

link to itinerary coming soon

To reserve your spot:

Healdsburg, CA – Tuscan Summer Cooking Series in Wine Country

Cooking Class in Healdsburg

We’ll prepare our favorite regional Summer recipes from northern Italy that will warm the hearts and bellies of your friends and family all season. Terracotta cooking, an ancient cooking method that leaves food incredibly moist and flavorful, will be the focus in the class though all recipes are adaptable to any cookware.

12 spots available

To reserve your spot:

Tuscany – Bambini in Cucina

Three day workshops are ongoing for groups of 4 to 8 adults with children to join us for kid focused Italian culinary experiences. Book your trip to coincide with your holiday plans. Kids will love learning to make pasta, gnocchi, bread, pizza and of course their favorite…i dolci, the sweets!

Let us know when you’ll be in Italy and we’ll try to accommodate your dates.

Meet our Team

Michelle Freeborn Caggiano and Danielle Caponi Bolla, both northern California natives, separately chose to study abroad in Italy in their areas of interest (Michelle in art history and Danielle in journalism) and while there each met their Italian husbands-to-be. After almost a decade living, eating and learning the local cucina of Torino in the Piemonte region of nothern Italy, Danielle and her husband Federico decided to return to California’s Sonoma County to raise their young daughter. Michelle and her husband Paolo chose to stay and raise their children in his native Tuscany, where Michelle’s early love of cooking turned into a full blown passion as she learned to cook with the native Tuscan housewives of the area. She once served as the private chef for a local aristocrat where she surprised the Italian women daily with her impressively accurate interpretations of traditional Tuscan cuisine. Danielle is the handy sous chef in Michelle’s classes, where local housewives, or casalinga, are invited whenever possible to bring local flavor, lore and color to every dish. We look forward to cooking with you!

We have a lot of fun at our classes!