Corzetti

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At the Heart of a
Family Tradition


Art and food collide as you experience the most extraordinary pasta making class in Tuscany. Discover corzetti, the slender discs of pasta that bring art to your table with traditional symbols stamped into the dough. You will uncover the history of this exquisitely decorated pasta and experience the thrill of the artisan’s workshop where you create your own personal corzetti design and watch as a third generation craftsman brings it to life on a handmade wooden stamp for you to keep. Put your new custom corzetti stamp to good use in a pasta making class with a talented and original chef, fusing the art of wood carving with the art of making artisan pasta.

Meet the artisan

Corzetti is much more than simply another form of pasta.  As you hold one of these delicate discs in your hand, you will hear the story of their origins in Liguria, just north of Tuscany, in the middle ages.  Decoding their name like a good detective gives you several paths to investigate. Some say the name was taken from the crozetto, a 14th century coin produced in Genoa, the main city of Liguria.  Others believe it is a reference to the Latin word “crux,” meaning cross, which was traditionally stamped on one side of the pasta. The more intricate designs that adorned the corzetti in Renaissance time will fascinate you and it is somehow very touching to hear that Florentine noblemen gave their new daughters-in-law gifts of corzetti stamps engraved with their new family’s coat of arms.  The tradition lives on as modern families often commission custom corzetti stamps to make pasta as favors for wedding guests...

Corzetti is much more than simply another form of pasta.  As you hold one of these delicate discs in your hand, you will hear the story of their origins in Liguria, just north of Tuscany, in the middle ages.  Decoding their name like a good detective gives you several paths to investigate. Some say the name was taken from the crozetto, a 14th century coin produced in Genoa, the main city of Liguria.  Others believe it is a reference to the Latin word “crux,” meaning cross, which was traditionally stamped on one side of the pasta. The more intricate designs that adorned the corzetti in Renaissance time will fascinate you and it is somehow very touching to hear that Florentine noblemen gave their new daughters-in-law gifts of corzetti stamps engraved with their new family’s coat of arms.  The tradition lives on as modern families often commission custom corzetti stamps to make pasta as favors for wedding guests.

You step back in time to the 14th century as you enter the workshop of Filippo Romagnoli.  Inhale the clean scent of fresh cut wood and take in the huge collection of traditional carving tools, many of which have been in the family since 1918.  The Romagnoli family began their dynasty of master carvers in the early part of the 20th century, after Ferrando Romagnoli learned his craft from a famous Florentine master.  The family chose to concentrate their business on traditional small wooden pieces and you will see how the artisans talented hands carve simple wood into one of a kind pieces, often embellished with plaster motifs, metals and inserts made of rare woods.  Meet the current master, 4th generation carver Filippo Romagnoli and learn the secrets of his craft as he prepares you to create your own custom corzetti stamp.

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The beauty of the simplest of dishes

The world famous Chianti hills provide a graceful setting for your day of blending Tuscany’s elemental forces: art, craft and food.  Follow the winding roads as they snake through the gentle landscape and feast your eyes on the infinite beauty of this timeless area.  Depending on the time of year, you will gaze out upon golden seas of bright yellow sunflowers on their tall stems, their brown faces turning to the sun.  Or delight in row after row of grapes vines, rolling down the hillsides like bolts of richly embroidered green and purple silk. See the true bounty of this tiny region as you pass hundreds of gnarled old olive trees, their silvery green leaves and slender branches bending under the weight of their shiny black and green fruit.  You will be inspired by the beauty of your journey and ready to apply your creativity to wood carving in an authentic craftsman’s workshop...

The world famous Chianti hills provide a graceful setting for your day of blending Tuscany’s elemental forces: art, craft and food.  Follow the winding roads as they snake through the gentle landscape and feast your eyes on the infinite beauty of this timeless area.  Depending on the time of year, you will gaze out upon golden seas of bright yellow sunflowers on their tall stems, their brown faces turning to the sun.  Or delight in row after row of grapes vines, rolling down the hillsides like bolts of richly embroidered green and purple silk. See the true bounty of this tiny region as you pass hundreds of gnarled old olive trees, their silvery green leaves and slender branches bending under the weight of their shiny black and green fruit.  You will be inspired by the beauty of your journey and ready to apply your creativity to wood carving in an authentic craftsman’s workshop. 

Have a look around the Romagnoli workshop and your will realize their intense love for ordinary household items.  Admire the ingenious way their craft elevates simple kitchen utensils to small works of art using the magical Florentine method of combining beauty and function.  Master carver Filippo Romagnoli himself downs his tools to give you a personal tour of his workshop and share with you his passion for highly crafted, traditional wooden kitchen utensils designed to make the act of preparing food an artistic endeavor that goes beyond simply providing food.  Filippo’s beautiful corzetti stamps grace kitchens around the world, lending a true Florentine touch of artistry to the simplest of dishes, the humble pasta.

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Pasta, artistry and love

Enjoy a drive through the Tuscan countryside with your guide, on the way to begin your double sided artistic adventure.  Just like corzetti themselves, your day has two sides; first, you will create a custom corzetti stamp in 100 year old artisan studio, with a charming and passionate master craftsman to assist you.  Then, on to beautifully restored Tuscan farmhouse, where you are the guest and the apprentice in the welcoming domain of a vivacious professional chef. Making artisan pasta surrounded by the burnished glow of the chef’s collection of antique copper pots and pans, you become a real Italian cook, homemade pasta dough rolled out and ready for the imprint of your new corzetti stamp...

Enjoy a drive through the Tuscan countryside with your guide, on the way to begin your double sided artistic adventure.  Just like corzetti themselves, your day has two sides; first, you will create a custom corzetti stamp in 100 year old artisan studio, with a charming and passionate master craftsman to assist you.  Then, on to beautifully restored Tuscan farmhouse, where you are the guest and the apprentice in the welcoming domain of a vivacious professional chef. Making artisan pasta surrounded by the burnished glow of the chef’s collection of antique copper pots and pans, you become a real Italian cook, homemade pasta dough rolled out and ready for the imprint of your new corzetti stamp. 

Your heart melts in the kitchen of Rosanna Passione, your warm, enthusiastic and experienced teacher for this intimate pasta making class.  Rosanna has been a professional in the world of food for over 20 years and she generously shares with you her passion for feeding both the body and the soul. As you practice one of the oldest of cooking processes, making artisan pasta and the joy of turning simple ingredients into robust and beautiful meals, Rosanna demonstrates what it really means to cook from the heart.  Dine on your handmade corzetti, glistening with two different sauces, sipping good local wine and discussing all things cooking, bask in the satisfaction of putting your own stamp on a meal, literally and figuratively!

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