Toscana Mia Blog

Italian Cooking with Locals in Tuscany

About us


I’ve loved to cook since I was 9 years old. Reading cookbooks, experimenting  recipes and food ,also from other countries. Cooking  with my mother and sister was  normal  having always friends at lunch or parties.

Probably because of my scientific mind I degreed in Biology at the University of Florence. Because of the International family connections I  studied  English ,French and Spanish

Started my career as a  researcher in a Biology Centre and went on  as   Nutrition  Expert for a Dutch Company 

Then I started thinking that the family company we had, a Foreign Language school had much more to do with my love for travelling and meeting people.

The demand for Italian Cooking Classes and friendship with restaurant chefs transformed my hobby into my main work.

I used to be a city person  and I still love cities but  I learnt to appreciate the beauty  and lifestyle of  Chianti countryside 


The first smell I remember in my life is a white pizza with rosemary on top; at 8 years I played the part of a chef in a theatre piece.

With a passion for communication, I degreed in Foreign Languages, at the University of Florence

Languages :English, German, French and others for passion.

I started my career as an Interpreter /Translator  in different fields and following a family tradition I  moved to Diplomatic Career doing International studies but the desire to work independent was too strong and joined the family Foreign Language School

 I found that my true love is teaching what I know best: Italian Language and Italian Cooking ,that is a way to share these passions of mine with everybody’s else.

I used to be a city person but I  love the country ,walking  in the olive groves and follow  seasons’ changes with my daughters.

Since 1990 we S &P,Simonet & Paola,  give Italian Cooking Classes in Italian and English in our homes and do research in Italian gastronomic traditional field.

In our cute property in Chianti we produce  extra virgin olive oil and organic fruit and vegetable, we use for family and classes.

We have worked with chefs of international name:our homestyle  cooking/cookery in years has got reputation.

Since 2002 Toscana Mia is our  Cooking School in Florence and Chianti ,Tuscan countryside.

We collaborate with  food &  cooking magazines .

Articles on us on :American way (American Airlines Magazine), Cooking Light, Forbes , Gourmet Traveller,Bulletin , Dragens Nyheter,Elle,FT Brazil, Japanese 25 Ans,Italia (Sweden), Italie (Netherlands),Waitrose Food illustrated,The West Australia , Taste Italia.We appear on TV show on RTE Irish Public Channel, No Frontiers, British Channel Four, Dutch TV .

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