Hi and welcome. I am Letizia Mattiacci and – together with my husband Ruurd – I am the owner of a farmhouse bed and breakfast and cooking school, Alla Madonna del Piatto. Our agriturismo is located near Assisi in Umbria about two hours North or South of Florence in Tuscany.
I am convinced that cooking healthy, wholesome food from scratch is the key to living longer, better and with a more meaningful life. It is a gift to yourself and your beloved.
A long time ago I worked as an academic. It was an exciting and fulfilling experience, but at a certain point I realized that even the most splendid career is not everything. So I looked at my life and asked myself: when am the most happy? what do I truly love to do? What am I good at?
As it turned out, both Ruurd and I were quite good at hosting friends and family and sharing great food and recipes at the kitchen table.
And that’s why we decided to give our dream a try and open our home and kitchen to people from all over the world. We are still doing this with joy after almost 2 decades.
People who come to our cooking classes and/or to stay with us come back again, often they become friends. They come for the food experience but also for the storytelling and for the human interaction.
We love good, simple food. Fresh, seasonal food that can be made in a short time at the end of a busy day.
PS. I’d love to read your comments and questions about my recipes and stories directly in the comment section of the relevant blog post.
If you wish to stay at our lovely agriturismo or attend one of our delicious cooking classes please consult our website or write at madonnadp[at]gmail.com . Thank you!