Italian chef at Tuscookany
Italian chef at Tuscookany
Italian chef at Tuscookany
Riccardo Grillo

Italian chef at Tuscookany

Riccardo Grillo

Chef at Tuscookany for Italian and Mediterranean cooking courses

Introducing Riccardo, a passionate and talented young chef hailing from the heart of Arezzo! From a young age, he has been captivated by the enchanting world of cooking, nurturing his culinary skills and learning the cherished secrets behind the most traditional Tuscan recipes during his summers spent with his grandparents in Val di Chiana.

Driven by his unwavering love for food, Riccardo pursued his education by graduating from hotel management school in Cortona. Eager to refine his techniques and broaden his horizons, he embarked on a remarkable journey, working in renowned restaurants across Arezzo and exploring the culinary landscapes of various regions in Italy.

Riccardo Grillo

“Taste!”  During his lessons what you will hear him repeat most often is "taste!", because as he says, only in this way can you grasp the nuances and secrets of every ingredient you cook.

Now, as a skilled home chef and an advocate for local excellence, Riccardo brings his expertise and passion to every dish he creates. From sourcing the finest local ingredients to crafting exquisite flavors, he takes pride in delivering exceptional dining experiences that celebrate the richness of Tuscan cuisine.

Whether he's experimenting with innovative twists on classic recipes or creating enticing new dishes inspired by his eclectic culinary experiences, Riccardo's creativity knows no bounds. His dedication to showcasing the best of what the local region has to offer shines through in every bite, leaving his guests yearning for more.

Since childhood, Riccardo loved spending time in the kitchen with his grandmother. After many years spent between Florence, Siena, Milan and Genoa, also working with starred chefs, in 2018 he returned to Arezzo on a permanent basis, directing the kitchen of the Ostematto restaurant in Monte San Savino, where he was able to put into practice his idea of innovative cuisine but strongly linked to the territory, its traditions and excellence. Since 2021, he has decided to pursue a career as a home chef to transmit his passion for the dishes of his childhood to people. Currently living in Arezzo with his partner and their son, he is a huge Arezzo football fan and loves to hunt for typical local products.   Riccardo is available to teach at Bellancino as a private chef and assist where necessary on one of the other programs of Tuscookany.

Riccardo’s menu

Sample of Riccardo's menu for the Italian cookery courses at Tuscookany 

Please note that you will be receiving a cookbook with over 100 recipes and the sample menus below is just an indication to whet your appetite! This changes depending on the season and group. If you have something special you have always wanted to learn to make our chefs are happy to see if they can plan this in too.

Programs Tuscookany

Anti pasti
  • Tomato Bruschetta
  • Cheese Baked with Prosciutto Cheese
  • Bresaola Stuffed Rolls
  • Potato Salad with Tomato and Red Onion
  • Pecorino Cheese and Peaches
  • Rice Salad of Venus
  • Panzanella
  • Zucchini Flowers Stuffed with Cheese Pecorino
  • Pear Flan
  • Crispy Dough with Tomatoes and Zucchini
  • Chilli Creme Brulee
  • Small Quiche with Pumpkin and Radicchio 
  • Parmigiana
Primi piatti
  • Tagliatelle with Meat Sauce
  • Ravioli with Butter and Sage
  • Tortellini with Sundried Tomatoes, Basil And Mozzarella
  • Risotto with Saffron
  • Pasta E Ceci
  • “ Gran Farro” Soup
  • Tomato Soup- Pappa Al Pomodoro
  • Leek Cream and Gorgonzola
  • Pici with Broccoli, Bacon 
  • Fried Crumbs Pansotti with Nuts
  • Tortelli with Beetroot and Asparagus Cream
  • Potato Tortelli
Secondi piatti
  • Florentine T-Bone Steak
  • Ossobuco
  • Pork Filet with Rosemary, Capers and Anchovy Sauce Pork Tenderloin with Pancetta, Grapes and Walnuts Roast Pork Lion-Arezzo Style
  • Wild Boar
  • Chicken Salad with Peppers
  • Supreme of Chicken with Eggplant Carpaccio Swivels
  • Hunter’s Style Rabbit
  • Saltimbocca Alla Romana
  • Veals Rolls
  • Chicken Bocconcini in Red Wine
  • Baccala 'Alla Fiorentina
  • Turbot Fillet with Olives
Piatti verdure/Vegetables
  • Grilled Vegetables
  • Roast Potatoes with Aromatic Herbs Slow-Roasted Tomatoes with Garlic and Oregano
  • Cannellini Beans in Tomato Sauce
  • Chocolate Mousse
  • Grandma’s Cake
  • Zabaione with Strawberries
  • Creme Caramel
  • Tiramisu
  • Panna Cotta
  • Rice Milk and Raspberries
  • Chestnut Mousse with Persimmon
  • Small Apple Cakes
  • Zuccotto
  • Zuppa Inglese


Have fun cooking!

What you can expect from Riccardo’s menu

Come and have fun cooking with chef Riccardo and be inspired by his knowledge of the Italian cusine both traditional and giving his own creative twist to the dishes.   He prefers to work with local artisans who are passionate about the produce they supply.
He has a quiet charm about him and strives to ensure that you have fun cooking together and getting inspired to learn new dishes.

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