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Perugia's Classic Kitchen™

Cooking With Chef Riccardo ~ 5 Days

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Surrounded by classical Italian gardens and three acres of pristine parkland, this magnificent converted estate dates back to the eighteenth century. Lush white roses and soothing fountains make this loggia the perfect escape and starting point for exploring the extraordinary cuisine of Perugia, the delights of Umbria and Tuscany and the landscape that inspired artists like Pietro Perugino.

Accommodations

Art, artisan cooking and architecture abound in Perugia, a setting that will touch you the way it inspired great minds like Perugino, the master who taught Rafael. Lose yourself in comfort and relaxation at this converted villa estate, which features a new heated indoor saltwater pool and hot tub, built entirely of stone of Assisi. Guests may also enjoy the state-of-the-art bio sauna, with color therapy and advanced air purification, or a traditional hammam (scented Turkish bath). Outdoors features a swimming pool with a jacuzzi and a lush green patio lawn area with loungers, natural shade and sweeping views of the countryside.

Qualified staff is at your disposal for beauty treatments and massages (reservations required, let us know and we will reserve for you). Rooms feature comfortable hypoallergenic beds and large bathrooms with double vanities. Most rooms also feature unique views, while garden rooms have direct access to the grounds. Wifi, hair dryers, safes, air conditioning and full maid service are standard and pets are also welcome in most circumstances. Begin the day with a buffet breakfast featuring Italian pastries and cakes prepared on site, as well as homemade bread and preserves, yogurt, artisan local cheeses and meats and a selection of fresh juices. Staff are happy to serve expanded menu items on request for an additional charge.

Cooking With Chef Riccardo

A master of the sublime tastes of Perugia and Umbria, Chef Riccardo’s skilled hands transform local artisan produce, meats, wine and cheeses into unforgettable dining experiences – and he is delighted to share this knowledge with you.

Always local, organic whenever possible, the ingredients you will use in Chef Riccardo’s kitchen are the finest available. Herbs including basil, mint, thyme, parsley and rosemary are grown in the loggia’s own gardens, and the olive oil used for salad or bruschetta is from the chef’s own limited production, only a few precious bottles per year. One of the Chef’s favorite recipes – Chianina al Tartufo – is an unforgettable pairing of local delicacies. Earthy Umbrian truffles complement the sublime steak of the renowned white cattle of Umbria, which have been raised in the region for more than two millennia. Lean yet tender and well-marbled, Chianina beef is beloved for its combination of exquisite flavor and nutrient richness. Other specialties include truffles paired with pici pasta. Thick, long and hearty, the noodles that are a favorite of Perugian chefs and work equally well in Pici al ragu d’anatra, pasta with a savory duck ragout.

Chef Riccardo works with his guests to customize lessons and menus to their tastes, choosing from a variety of dishes and courses including an antipasto, a pasta or other primi, a secondi and then dessert, which can include tiramisu or traditional cakes of the region. Local artisan products will be used, including ciaccia, the local version of focaccia, pecorino di Pienza (local sheep’s milk cheese) and Umbrian olive oil, olives, local saffron and fresh produce. And of course, given the loggia’s proximity to Tuscany and the Chianti region, wine is an integral part of the experience. Depending on the course and the dishes prepared, Chef Riccardo and his students will toast with a regional wine perfectly paired to the dishes being prepared and drawn from the loggia’s extensive cellar full of red, white and sparkling wines.

Exploring Perugia

The loggia is perched on the border between Tuscany and Umbria in a historic town what was home to the painter Perugino. Born Pietro Vannucci, Perugino apprenticed in the same Florentine workshop as Leonardo da Vinci and later became the teacher of the great Renaissance master Raphael. Since then a legion of artists, sightseers and food lovers alike have been inspired by this region, which is surrounded by the best of Tuscany and Umbria, including Siena, Montepulciano, Montalcino, Chianciano, Chiusi and Perugia.

 Day 1-Check In, Relax & Chef’s Tasting Diner

On Day One, arrive and relax in the comfort of your Superior Comfort Room. After a refreshing sauna or dip, take in the quaint streets, the main square, the medieval fortress and other sights of the town.

Day 2-Excursion to Senese Hills, Lake Trasimeno & Chef’s Dinner

Day Two begins with an elegant Italian buffet breakfast, then it’s off on a half-day food and wine tasting tour of the Senese Hills. Enjoy the wines, oil and other artisan products of the Chianti region of Tuscany, including Nobile from Montepulciano, Brunello from Montalcino and sheep’s milk cheeses from Pienza. Return to the estate for some relaxation or a spa treatment or a scenic walk around Lago Trasimeno, then enjoy a 3-course dinner (drinks and dessert not included) in the restaurant. In the spring and summer you can eat outside in the gazebo in front of the dining room or on the panoramic terrace enjoying views of the lake. After dinner, if you’ve still got energy to burn, explore the pubs and discos of nearby Chiusi and Chianciano.

Day 3 Cooking Class 1

On Day Three, your cooking classes begin with Chef Riccardo, who will guide you to prepare seasonal Umbrian cuisine. Home made pasta, meats or vegetarian with Chanti and a dessert will all be on the menu.  Everyone dines on the foods that were prepared in the cooking class following. (Wine and beverages not included).  Take the rest of the day to relax or ask us about adding on a half day tour to Deruta-to the artisan ceramics, or the Perugia chocolate factory.

Day 4 Cooking Class 2

Day Four’s afternoon cooking class with Chef Riccardo featuring an antipasto, pasta, main course and dessert.  Everyone dines on the foods that were prepared in the cooking class following. (Wine and beverages not included)

Day 5 Breakfast & Departure

On Day Five you’ll discuss your travels and newfound culinary knowledge over a sumptuous breakfast buffet, then pack up your treasures and memories and leave with the loggia’s staff’s fondest wish that you will come back soon.

Program Includes:

  • 5 days, 4 nights accommodations, based on double occupancy, daily breakfast and maid service..
  • 2 hands-on cooking lessons with Chef Riccardo, with lunch or dinner following.
  • A full day tour with private driver through the hills of the Senese Hills and to Lake Trasimeno.
  • A Chef’s Tasting Dinner (drinks not included).
  • This property offers a swimming pool, in season, and full spa.

Program Prices:

$1,750 per person, based on double occupancy. Includes all taxes and Italian VAT.
$2,195 per person, based on single room occupancy, based on minimum 2 participants in the program.
$3,075 per person, based on single occupancy with 1 solo participant.

*An Italian visitor tax may apply in some cities and must be paid directly on site at check out.

Check Availability

2019 Dates: This program is available throughout the year. You can check in and start your cooking program any day of the week. Rates are subject to change based on currency exchange. Call for updated rates. Airfare not included. Group transfers for any cooking tour or tours that include transfers, are for the group and are not private. Transfers before, after or to another destination outside of your cooking tour are not included in the program price. If you would like to add on a private transfer or transfers, let us know and we will send you pricing.

*An Italian visitor tax may apply in some cities and must be paid directly on site at check out.