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Italian Personal Chef Service in the Comfort of Your Own Home or Vacation Rental: 5 Course Dinner, Interactive Dinner Parties & Cooking Classes

About this experience

What you'll do:

Dinner Parties, cooking classes and Personal Chef Services in Charlotte that brings Italian traditional food directly in your home. Authentic, homemade, healthy, fresh cooked in your kitchen for a special evening with your partner, family, friends or coworkers. You can relax and enjoy your time and Sapori d’Ithalia will let you live an Italian culinary experience at 360 degrees. I'm an Italian personal chef specialized in authentic Italian food with a passion for the power of plants and plant based food. This is why I also offer vegan/vegetarian and gluten sensitive options.

Why we love it for your party:

  • Hassle-free (You'll just need to tell me about your food preferences I'll take care of everything else: planning, grocery shopping, prepping, cooking, serving and cleaning after myself)
  • Authentic Italian dining (360 degrees Italian culinary experience)
  • Ideal for any group (Dinners can be served or buffet style, making it a great choice for any size group)
  • Customized for your party (Personalized menu for any kind of dietary need and food preference)
  • Something for everyone (Vegan/Vegetarian/Gluten Sensitive options)

About this experience partner:

My roots are Mediterranean but my passion for food is global. I was born in Croatia but I moved to Italy when I was a child. In Italy, I grew up in Veneto region and I lived for in many different cities of Italy, such as Venice, Bolzano, Pesaro and around some of the smallest villages between Veneto and Friuli.

With all of those travel experiences, my heart belongs to Venice where I lived for five years during my university studies. Venice is a unique beauty, a magical city that breathes history and art in every corner. Bacari, cicheti, fritelle, and Aperol spritz were my favorite Venetian culinary experiences and all influenced my passion for cooking.

Good food, good wine, people, traveling, dancing and fashion are my biggest passions. I started cooking when I was very young because homemade meals were the best and the most affordable for my family. My mom and my grandma have always involved me in making homemade pasta, bread, and cakes. At some point I was the main cook in my house, even when we had guests for dinners or parties.

While I moved from home when I was only 14 years old attending the ballet academy, I continued to practice my cooking abilities each day because cooking was my relaxing time during the non-stop busy days.

Still, my love for traditional Italian food grew bigger as I started traveling around Italy after completing my master’s degree. In every place I went my first thought was: “what typical dishes can I eat here?” Once I was back, I always wanted to taste again the local recipes I had at home. But the best part of cooking for me is sharing the meal. My husband is the first that I like to surprise with my dishes and the hardest one to please, too, because he has a vegetarian, almost vegan, and gluten-free diet. My healthy lifestyle as well as my husband’s diet is the main reason why I always have an alternative version of the traditional dish that I cook. Now that we extended our family with 2 adorable girls we are even more focused on being a plant based family and transmitting the love for plants and healthy lifestyle to our daughters. I also love sharing my passion for cooking with my friends, organize dinners, aperitivi and events. I love being involved in events because I am naturally a planning and organized person. This is the reason why I took “The Wedding and Event Planning Business School” online course in Italy.

I moved to Charlotte, North Carolina in June 2019 because of my husband’s job and I have continued to cultivate my passions. That led to opening my own business, “Sapori d’Ithalia”, which was born at the beginning of 2021. The purpose of my Dinner Parties Service is to keep alive the authentic Italian culinary tradition. I love to respect this tradition, but I am completely open to find alternatives for those who have special diet requests and to customize the menu according to needs and desires.

My dream is to make you live a 360-degree Italian culinary experience in the comfort of your home, giving you the possibility to explore different menus based on some of the most famous Italian cities. I also have a master’s degree in chemistry for Restauration of Art, so I’ll be glad to also entertain you with an historic and artistic background of the cities of each single menu.

Something about me: my favorite time of the day is definitely the APERITIVO, while Italian Americans will know it as “Happy Hour”. This is a special moment for me and my husband every single day, and I cannot wait to share this uniquely Italian tradition with you!

I am also affiliated with:

  • The United States Personal Chef Association (USPCA).
  • Health Made Simple (HMS)
  • Juice Plus+, whole foods and functional food nutrition company

I look forward to meeting with you to let you savor the true taste of Italy in the comfort of your home. Call me today to schedule an appointment and decide in which Italian city to travel to and taste the SAPORI. CIAO!

Additional information:

  • Gratuity not included in the cost but appreciated
  • Grocery invoice not included on the experience price. All grocery bills can be expected to be an average of $20/person and played on the day of the event.

Book Your Experience

Interactive Dinner Party (Family Style)

Starting at$155per person

This is an event where you and your guests take an active part in the cooking process. For example helping the chef prepare homemade pasta, adding ingredients, mixing ingredients and lots of other fun activities. Usually the dishes will be maximum 3 (appetizer, main and dessert) to allow a smooth experience. The dinner will be served in family-style large platters that guests can pass around.

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Italian Dinner Party (Served)

Starting at$200per person

Authentic Italian full experience. It is a complete 5 course dinner party where I plate and serve the dinner. This service includes: complementary welcome appetizer, appetizer, first main dish, second main dish, side, dessert and complementary moka coffee.

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Apericena - 3 Finger Foods & 1 Main Dish

Starting at$75per person

This is a happy hour / buffet style dinner for larger groups. I'll prepare some finger food dishes such as cold pasta or rice salad, salty tarts, bruschette etc. and the guests can serve themselves standing or sitting at the table. This service is created for bigger groups of people.

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Apericena: 4 Finger Foods, 2 Main Dishes

Starting at$110per person

This is a happy hour / buffet style dinner for larger groups. I'll prepare some finger food dishes such as cold pasta or rice salad, salty tarts, bruschette etc. and the guests can serve themselves standing or sitting at the table. This service is created for bigger groups of people.

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Italian Cooking Class

Starting at$100per person

2hr

Do you want to learn some of the secrets of Italian most popular recipes? I offer group cooking classes for up to 10 people and personalized cooking.

  • Homemade pasta, gnocchi, pizza, risotto
  • Copies of all recipes. For each participant I'll provide:
  • Copies of all recipes
  • A list of ingredients needed
  • A list of all equipment we will use

(It’s best to use your equipment whenever possible so that you will be able to recreate the dishes you learn more easily in the future). If it’s only one scheduled class I can bring my own special equipment like pasta machine.

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Location

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Cancellation Policy

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generous Cancellation Policy

Full refund on cancellations with 7+ days notice. No refund within 7 day window.

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Choose a Booking Option

Interactive Dinner Party (Family Style)

Starting at$155per person

This is an event where you and your guests take an active part in the cooking process. For example helping the chef prepare homemade pasta, adding ingredients, mixing ingredients and lots of other fun activities. Usually the dishes will be maximum 3 (appetizer, main and dessert) to allow a smooth experience. The dinner will be served in family-style large platters that guests can pass around.

See Availability

Italian Dinner Party (Served)

Starting at$200per person

Authentic Italian full experience. It is a complete 5 course dinner party where I plate and serve the dinner. This service includes: complementary welcome appetizer, appetizer, first main dish, second main dish, side, dessert and complementary moka coffee.

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