Availability: Mondays , Tuesdays , Wednesdays , Thursdays , Fridays , Saturdays , Sundays
Duration: 2 to 5 hours + time for serving meal



An experienced chef at your premises to prepare meals based on local specialities right in your kitchen. Nothing to worry about, no rush, no stress! Our friendly cook comes to your premises and provides all she needs for a great service. For large groups an assistant is also included, for serving lunch or dinner. Fresh and seasonal ingredients only, regional and national dishes …


Why a private chef in villa?
If you are visiting Tuscany you cannot miss its delicious cuisine and the hundreds of specialities produced around you, maybe just next to your villa!
Arianna & Friends arranges private chef services for your party, provided at your location, based on traditional recipes and selected fresh ingredients.
When staying in Tuscany, there can be many reasons why you may need a personal cook in your apartment or villa preparing a meal for you and cleaning up in the end:

– If you want to be sure that you taste authentic local recipes, prepared with the best fresh ingredients of the season
– If you want advice on the exquisite wines available in your area
– If you want to be served like at a restaurant but you prefer to stay home and drink wine without being worried about having to drive back safely
– If you have just arrived to your villa in Tuscany, and you do not feel like going shopping, cooking or going out for dinner
– If you just wish to relax with your family and friends and spend a nice evening, maybe by the pool, without worrying about the pots on the stove or in the oven
– If you want to celebrate a special occasion, like your anniversary or birthday.

You can personalize your menu and ask us for advice about the best dishes of the season. Our standard meal includes 1 appetizer, 1 primo main course, 1 secondo main course and dessert. We select the best local wines to match the dishes prepared.
In case of allergies or restrictions, we can suggest alternative menus, still sticking to our philosophy of local traditions and seasonal ingredients.

Our chef does the shopping and reaches your villa 2-3 hours ahead to prepare your full meal. If your party is over 4 people, an assistant/waiter will help in the service too.




E2. Typical menu – 2 courses
2 dishes of your choice from our menu list

E3. Typical menu – 3 courses
3 dishes of your choice from our menu list

E4. Typical menu – 4 courses
4 dishes of your choice from our menu list

E5. Lasagna night
Lasagna main course + mixed salad + dessert

E6. Pasta time

Tagliatelle + stuffed ravioli. Each pasta served with a different sauce of your choice

E7. Pizza party
Many types of pizzas + green salad + sweet pizza

E8. Grill party
Mixed grilled meat + mixed salad + gelato

E9. Antipasti buffet
6 antipasti of your choice from our menu list

E10. Cinghiale night
Pasta with wild boar sauce + wild boar stew with polenta + green salad

E11. Fish menu
3 dishes of your choice from our menu list

E12. Full party – Min. 4 people
Selection of antipasti with prosecco + 2 dishes of your choice from our menu list + dessert



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This is a list of specialties that you are likely to sample as part of menu of the chef service. Please, note that these are just some examples of what can be prepared. A full list of options is available for you to choose from. Our booking staff will send you detailed information.

For this service you will meet some of the Tuscan friends involved in the preparation of your meal. Please, see below which friends you are likely to encounter.














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Rates Table

The total rate for this service varies according to the number of people in your party,
the distance of your villa from our premises in Terricciola (Pisa area) and the menu formula you prefer.

Check rates in the table below.


Rates for villas within 30 minutes from our premises in peccioli

RATES 2019

Type of menu & food included
total rate for
2 peoplE
Total rate for
3 people
Total rate for
4 people
12-17 Y.O.
4-11 Y.O.
2 dishes of your choice from our menu list
€ 200 € 230 € 260 € 30 € 25 € 15
3 dishes of your choice from our menu list
€ 240 € 275 € 310 € 35 € 30 € 20
4 dishes of your choice from our menu list
€ 280 € 320 € 360 € 40 € 35 € 25
Lasagna main course + mixed salad + dessert
€ 200 € 230 € 260 € 30 € 25 € 15
Tagliatelle + Stuffed Ravioli. Each pasta served with a different sauce of your choice
€ 200 € 230 € 260 € 30 € 25 € 15
Many types of pizzas + Mixed salad + Sweet pizza
€ 240 € 275 € 310 € 35 € 30 € 20
Assorted grilled meats + Mixed salad +Gelato
€ 240 € 275 € 310 € 35 € 30 € 20
6 antipasti of your choice from our menu list
€ 240 € 275 € 310 € 35 € 30 € 20
Pasta with wild boar sauce + wild boar stew with polenta + green salad
€ 300 € 340 € 380 € 40 € 35 € 25
3 dishes of your choice from our fish menu list
€ 300 € 340 € 380 € 40 € 35 € 25
E12 FULL PARTY – Min. 4 people
Selection of Antipasti with prosecco + 2 dishes of your choice from
our menu list + dessert
 — € 440 € 50 € 40 € 25



All rates above refer to services provided at villas located within 30 minutes from our premises Terricciola, Pisa district.
Here below the extra costs in case your villa is located further:

From 35 to 60 minutes from Peccioli/Terricciola: € 70 additional fee on the standard rates above, for the extra time and extra fuel needed to reach the villa and provide the service.

From 65 to 90 minutes from Peccioli-Terricciola: € 120 additional fee on the standard rates above, for the extra time and extra fuel needed to reach the villa and provide the service.


Rates include


  • A private cook
  • All foods listed above
  • 1 bottle of wine every 4 people. For parties of 2 or 3 people, 1 bottle of wine.
  • Served dinner or lunch
  • Final cleaning of the kitchen
  • Tax

Please note that if your party is made of up to 4 people, the service is carried our by our chef only.
If your party is made of 5 people or more, the service is carried out by our chef and an assistant/waiter.


Rates do NOT include

  • Extra courses beside the scheduled ones
  • Truffle based dishes available at an extra cost
  • Birthday cake baked at local pastry shops available at an extra cost
  • Fiorentina steak available at an extra cost
  • Extra wines on top of the wine provided (1 bottle every 4 people)

Here a message from Victoria after enjoying one of our chef services in October 2018:

Morning Arianna,

We have certainly been blessed with wonderful weather for our visit to your beautiful Tuscany countryside! Our time here has been a real treat that was capped off with a delightful evening shared by Signora’s Ester and Montserrat. Our time with both of them was wonderful and educational. The meal was excellent! Both were so warm and welcoming. I was sad I am not fluent in Italian so that I could have been able to communicate with Ester better.
Would Signora Ester be willing to share the recipes that we made so that we would be able to have a “dinner of Italy” once we return home?
We are sad to see our time here coming to an end and look forward to returning someday to once again see the beauty and splendor of Tuscany!



Here the messge of Robin, who booked our chef service on the occasion of her visit to Tuscany in the week of Thanksgiving:


Thank you so much for all your help and patience in working with me to plan our Thanksgiving dinner in Tuscany – it was amazing!   Everyone had a wonderful time and the team was great.  We learned a lot from Veronica and Danielle!

Thank you again,


Here the words of appreciation of Jan, who took part to a cooking class and enjoyed a meal prepared by our chef Laura during his holidays in Tuscany in September 2018

Hello Ariana, we wanted you to know that we had a wonderful time at the Tuscan cooking class on the 26th. Rita Told us that if we requested so, you would email us the recipes in English.  Also, on Sept 24th we had a wonderful meal prepared at the Hilton villa by Laura and her helper.  Would it be possible to Also have their recipes for ravioli in sage butter sauce, tiramisu and the chocolate pear tart.  We have been enjoying tiramisu in many restaurants since our arrival and all think that served at the villa was the very best so far!  My email is xxxxxxx@gmail.com

Thanks much!  Jan

This is an email we received from Robert, who enjoyed our private chef service at his villa in central Tuscany:

Dear Arianna

Now that we are back home after a glorious week in Tuscany I wanted to thank you for arranging your cooks to provide us with such marvellous meals on Sunday and Friday. We all had a fabulous week at il Granaio and amazing Nyg

the real highlights were those meals. They inspired our children who took it in turns to cater on the remaining evenings to produce some great meals also!!

With thanks and all good wishes to you and your team


This is a message from Margaret who loved the chef service we arranged for her and her family during their stay near Lucca:

Dear Arianna,

I just wanted to reiterate how pleased we were with your services, especially Laura and Caterina, they are a delightful twosome! I will certainly recommend your company to other interested parties…perhaps a return visit for ourselves! I have included a photo of my family and one of Laura and Caterina.

Grazie Mille.



Private chef service at a villa in Lucca

Chef and English speaking assistant at a private villa near Lucca for a cooking service and dinner

Here the lovely words we received on 1st August 2017 from Robert, who booked a series of chef services at his rented villa in Tuscany during his stay a week before:

Dear Arianna

Now that we are back home after a glorious week in Tuscany I wanted to thank you for arranging your cooks to provide us with such marvellous meals on Sunday and Friday. We all had a fabulous week at il Granaio and amazing Nyg the real highlights were those meals. They inspired our children who took it in turns to cater on the remaining evenings to produce some great meals also!!

With thanks and all good wishes to you and your team


This is the enthusiastic message of Elaine, who enjoyed our private chef service when staying at her villa near Castelfalfi:


I am writing to thank you very much for such memorable experiences on our recent holiday in Tuscany. I am part of The Anson family who had chefs come to our villa and who did the cooking class. We were so lucky to have Ester and Anna-Lisa come to our villa. They were such fun and cooked the most amazing 4 course meal for us, it was such a fabulous night to celebrate my mother in laws 70th birthday. We have some great photos and memories. Then we did the cooking class at the farm with Ester and Massimo. The setting is so perfect and again we had such amazing fun with Ester. She is so friendly and happy and is the best cook. We cooked a fabulous 3 course lunch and then the rest of our family came and ate it with us in the converted barn. Again we have the best memories of this and can’t thank your team enough for their professionalism. It was so well organised and yet relaxed. I will be writing a review on Trip Advisor to rave about you. Since returning home we have been able to recreate the dishes taught to us which is fabulous, we get to each authentic Italian food in our own home. Please thank Ester so much from all of us,

Kind Regards,



Dinner served at a luxury villa in Tuscany

Ester and Elisa serving dinner for the 70th birthday of a guest staying at a Tuscan country cottage in July 2017

Here the message of John, who enjoyed a fantastic pick nick in front of a historical temple in the Tuscan countryside while he visited with his large family:

Dear Arianna,
I had planned to give you some feedback sooner and I’m sorry that I got sidetracked upon our return from our Italy trip.

We really loved the picnic part of the event that you arranged. The site perfectly captured the rustic/romantic atmosphere that I was trying to capture. The local owners and the chef you arranged (as well as her food basket) were absolutely outstanding. I’ve entered a 5-star review on TripAdvisor, and I hope you’ll pass along my appreciation to the other folks involved!

We wish you all the best!

Here is a message from Lauren from NYC who enjoyed our chef service arranged by our chef Daniela:

Arianna & Friends is a wonderful company with with a wide array of services. My husband and I celebrated our 1 year anniversary at the Hilton Grand Vacation Club in Tuscany. We used Arianna & Friends for two events – private chef in villa and cheese and olive oil tour. Daniella came to our villa and made us a an authentic Italian meal from scratch with items fresh from the farmers market that morning! It was absolutely delicious, but even more wonderful was the company and culture brought to our own villa that evening.
Luca took my husband and I on a private tour and tasting of a local EVOO mill and separately a cheese farm where we had an incredible and filling lunch, which included excellent wine! It was so personalized and we truly experienced the life and culture of the Tuscan locals. Can’t wait to go back and we will only book with Arianna & Friends! Looking forward to it…It looks like we’ll be back this summer!!!


This message was published our our YELP profile

Here is a message of appreciation of Cyndi, who loved our private chef service with Tuscan specialties at her rental villa:

Thank you so much for our help with our trip last week. Everything was fabulous. We ALL loved the chefs that came to our villa to make dinner for the girls. The food was great and the ladies were awesome. Please share our satisfaction with everything with them. It was perfect.

We also loved the cooking classes. You mentioned you would share the recipes with us so that would be great if you could forward them to me. I’ll pass out to the others. Also, I don’t know if you will share but the ravioli and the wild boar as well as the pine nut custard the chefs made at our villa would be fun to try to recreate here so if you share, those recipes would be great too.

Thanks again for everything – I will recommend your services to anyone I know going to that area and I hope to return to the exact same place soon. Have a good weekend


This is a message we received from Mel who enjoyed a private birthday dinner arranged for her party in her rented villa in Tuscany:

Dear Ariann,

I’m so sorry I didn’t get the opportunity to thank you in person on Tuesday night for creating such a wonderful evening for my husband’s birthday dinner. The food was amazing and the beautifully laid table etc just added to the ambience. We all had a wonderful time. Thank you again.

I will be sure to pass on your details to any of my friends that holiday in this area.

Kind regards


This is a message from a nice couple of Dutch people who had us for a cooking class at their villa in Tuscany

An impression of september 10th….. (photo)


A patchwork of images of our cookery lesson

A family cooking class with lots of foods and wines

This is an email we received from Anu and Harry, after having our dinner service in their private villa:

Hi Massimo,
Thank you for a lovely evening. It was the best way to start our holiday. My parents were thrilled and talked about the evening many times during our stay. We will recommend you to our friends who decide to come to Tuscany! We voted for the best food we had in Italy and you won by a mile.

We were going to come and visit you at your office a few times, but the office was closed.
Thanks for all your tips. We drove around a lot and saw many beatiful places. The rain didn´t bother us in such lovely sceneries.

I will send you pictures as soon as I´ll get them on to my computer.

We would love to stay in touch.

Yours, Anu&Harri

This is an email we received from the Wiesendangers, who booked a series of chef service in her villa during their Tuscan stay:

Dear Arianna,

We are back in Paris, but we think about our two weeks at the villa often. We had a wonderful vacation. And Veronica and Paolo did a wonderful job. They were not just competent and smart, they were terribly attentive and kind.

Thank you. The Wiesendangers, all 13 of them.

This is an email we received from Mike from the US: we organized a dinner with our cook at his private villa:

Massimo – Thanks again for all your help during our stay in Tuscany. The trip was fabulous and we appreciated your guidance throughout the visit. We enjoyed the tour of the cheese farm, the lunch afterwards, and exploring Volterra.

Now, if only we could emulate the crostini with tomatoes, red onion, celery, etc. back here in the U.S!! If not, I guess we’ll have to return to Italy soon.


This is an email we received from Cecilia, who booked a series of chef service in her villa during her Tuscan stay:

Dear Arianna,
Back in Mexico..after our nice stay in Villa Antonella..
We were so happy in Tuscany that we are thinkiing to go back but this time with ALL my extended family, we are 85 !!
so I am thinking that you know a lot of this area.
We are looking for a hotel with 40 rooms, just All for the family, 4 or 5 stars, in a little village not city, and very child friendly!

I would appreciate you great help.. thank you very much, Cecilia

This service is delivered to your villa in any location in Tuscany within 90 minutes driving from our premises in Terricciola, Pisa area. For destinations located between 30 and 90 minutes from our premises a surcharge applies, depending on distance and cost of transportation for our chef. See more details in the rate table.

Our chef, with or without assistant, meet you directly at your villa at an agreed meeting time. Please, provide us with full details on the location of your accommodation.

We offer several formulas as described in the rate table and in the downloadable file. All foods are local and all recipes are traditional. We prefer to use seasonal ingredients only but we are happy to accommodate all requests.

This program takes 4 to 6 hours in total for the preparation of the meal, the serving and the kitchen cleaning.

Available all the year through EXCEPT FOR 1st January, 15th August, 24th, 25th, 26th and 31st December.

Our chefs speak limited English. For parties of 5 people or more, an English speaking assistant is present too.

The foods served during this tour might contain gluten, lactose, nuts and alcohol. If you have any food restriction, please inform our guide at the beginning of the tour.

We arrange our private chef service at any villa after asking the owners/housekeepers for their permission. This is also helpful in order for us to check the existence of tools and equipments in the villa for the preparation of the meals.


Poppies and wheat fields