Pasta Making: the Geography of Food

Ready for a look into how landscape literally shapes food? We’re devoted to pasta making this week: all different shapes and forms and a comparison between northern and southern Italian techniques.

Rina Poletti is a professional pasta maker and teacher of local cuisine since 1979, she’s now dedicated to teaching the ancient art of the “rolling pin.” She works with cooking schools and keeps afloat the Emilia Romagna tradition of fresh pasta. She started the non-profit Missione Mattarello to help those affected by recent earthquakes with fresh pasta benefit.


Single Room: €2,250

Double Room: €4,100

Costs include accommodation at Case Vecchie or one of the nearby cottages, and indicated lessons, meals, wine and excursions.

Example Program


Monday, October 7: Settling In

3:00 to 5:00 pm: Check-in

7:30 pm: Welcome aperitivo and Sicilian style dinner


Tuesday, October 8: Northern techniques

9:00 am: Breakfast at Case Vecchie

10:30 am: In the kitchen with Rina. An exploration of sfoglia, egg pasta followed by lunch

Afternoon relax.

5:00 pm: Visit to the local ethnographic museum followed by pizza making workshop


Wednesday, October 9: Pasta e basta

9:00 am: Breakfast at Case Vecchie

10:30 am: Back in the kitchen with Rina. All about ragu and lasagna.

Afternoon relax

5:30 pm: Tour of the Tasca D’Almerita Cantina

7:30 pm: Aperitivo and dinner


Thursday, October 10: Sicilian Style

9:00 am: Breakfast at Case Vecchie

11:00 am: Garden tour and veggie plot pickings

1:00 pm: Lunch

5:00 pm: Cooking lesson on Sicilian pasta making followed by dinner


Friday, October 11: Departures

9:00 am: Breakfast at Case Vecchie

10:00 am: Checkout.


*Airfare and transportation to and from Case Vecchie are not included in the price. Please request transportation arrangements at the time of booking if you would like us to book a car to and from the estate.


**Please note, due to the seasonal rhythm of life and agriculture in Sicily, planned activities and schedules may change at short notice. If this is the case, an equally engaging activity will be arranged.


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