An Italian Nonna Is Teaching Pasta-Making Classes Online

The lockdown hasn't stopped 84-year-old Nerina Tamanti from keeping her family's pasta recipes alive
May 5, 2020 Updated: May 15, 2020

PALOMBARA SABINA, Italy—An 84-year-old Italian grandmother has gone online to continue her cooking classes despite the coronavirus lockdown measures.

Nerina Tamanti used to host pasta-making tutorials through the platform Airbnb Experiences, but had to cancel them after the virus outbreak.

But with the help of her granddaughter, Chiara Nicolanti, she has reinvented her business with online classes and livestreams.

“You had people close to you [when I was giving classes in person]. I used to laugh and joke with them, I used to hug them, kiss them. I felt as if they were part of the family,” Tamanti said. “Of course, now that people are far away, it’s a different thing, but I enjoy it anyway.”

“It’s beautiful, it’s beautiful because you can talk to people, you are with them. Even if you don’t have them physically close, you can still talk to them and it’s a beautiful thing.”

People can take one of her “Nonna Live” classes for $60 and learn the fine art of making homemade pasta with a true Italian nonna.

Her recipes have been handed down in her family for generations.

A week before the class, all participants receive a list of ingredients, utensils, and wine suggestions to make the most of the experience.

To fight food waste, the cooking teacher donates pasta to the Red Cross and people in need.

By Vanessa Romeo, Oleksandr Ieltsov, Chiara Rodriquez, Gabriela Boccaccio