Piedmont
Destination
3 hours
Duration
Ita-Eng+
Language
2+
People

Cooking class: Risotto and Panissa

Take part in our engaging cookery lesson to learn how to make risotto and the real panissa recipe. Visit the Desana farm with its rice paddies and small in-house rice mill. Learn how rice is processed, get to work in the kitchen and end the day with a tasty lunch.


What you’ll do

  • Visit with the guide the farm and agritourism that grows and processes Italian rice
  • Take part in a cooking class on Panissa from Vercelli and risotto
  • Enjoy a tasting lunch with appetiser, risotto and panissa cooked together, dessert

 Group Tour: 2+ people

Price per person: € 88


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What to expect

After a few kilometres of dirt road through the rice fields, we reach the Desana farm and holiday farm, which has been growing and processing Italian rice since 1904 (10 a.m.). Before discovering panissa recipe, we will visit the rice fields and the small rice mill inside. We will see all the stages of processing from paddy rice to milled rice.

We will then move on to the cooking course in the restaurant (11.30 a.m.). From Franca’s skillful hands, we will see how to make panissa recipe and we will try cooking panissa and risotto with her, two all-Italian recipes.

Panissa is always a risotto, but is typical of the countryside around Vercelli. The panissa recipe includes rice, red wine, broth, Saluggia beans and salamino della duja preserved in fat and crumbled. A delicacy, protagonist of our tasting lunch with appetiser, risotto and panissa cooked together, dessert. A great convivial occasion to round off our cookery courses!

You can buy the rice and non-rice products you like from the farm to make traditional Piedmontese dishes at home, including panissa from Piedmont.

Where Desana, Vercelli – 60 min from Turin and 90 min from Milan
When From Monday to Friday – duration 3 hours
Start time 10 a.m.
Language Italian, English and French
Important information
  • We suggest that you wear comfortable clothing
  • Please report any food intolerances, allergies and other dietary requirements in good time
What’s included
Guided Tour at the farm in Desana
Cooking class to make panissa & risotto
Lunch
What’s not included
Transport
Extra drinks

Price per person: € 88 – minimum 2 people

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The Food Expert:

I am a licensed tour guide for the provinces of Vercelli, Novara and Pavia. I have a great passion for telling the story of my territory in its landscape, cultural and gastronomic aspects: these three provinces are, in fact, the territory where more than 60% of European rice is produced. Impossible not to fall in love with it!

Not just museums: I will guide you to visit some of the most interesting farms in the area. We will discover Carnaroli rice and Artemide Black rice, a fragrant cross between the Venus Black and the Basmati rice. You will be engaged in cooking classes on rice and panissa, in the harvest of blueberries and berries. We will enter the world of the Sensory Analysis of Rice with Sommeliers of this cereal.


Cancellation policy: all bookings for the cooking class to discover risotto and panissa recipe can be cancelled within 3 days from the start date of the experience. Read the Terms and Conditions.

I am a licensed tour guide for the provinces of Vercelli, Novara and Pavia. I have a great passion for telling the story of my territory in its landscape, cultural and gastronomic aspects: these three provinces are, in fact, the territory where more than 60% of European rice is produced. Impossible not to fall in love with it!

After my degree in History of Art and Archaeology and the Master in Journalism and Communication, since 2008 I have been dealing with the cultural columns of Radio City The Radio of Eastern Piedmont, with guided tours between Piedmont and Lombardy for travellers of all ages, with the coordination of the activities of the multimedia Rice Museum of Casalbeltrame and with social media marketing for museums, monuments, accommodation facilities and cultural associations.

The Rice Museum of Casalbeltrame is not a classic ethnographic museum, but a multimedia museum. With audio and video effects, augmented reality, tactile experiences and an engaging narrative, travellers will be able to discover the history of paddy fields, how the fields were cultivated before mechanization and how rice cultivation has evolved to this day. A visit to the museum is a real journey through time, from season to season, discovering how paddy fields change from winter, spring, summer, to the harvest festival and November 11th, the Feast of San Martin. To accompany visitors, three guides: me in person, ready to answer your questions; one in voice, which tells in a poetic way what the “caminant”, the vagabond storyteller, saw in the countryside; and a technological guide, to deepen rice and its cultivation today with tablets and smartphones.

Not just museums: I will guide you to visit some of the most interesting farms in the area. We will discover Carnaroli rice and Artemide Black rice, a fragrant cross between the Venus Black and the Basmati rice. You will be engaged in cooking classes on rice and panissa, in the harvest of blueberries and berries. We will enter the world of the Sensory Analysis of Rice with Sommeliers of this cereal.

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