The Chefs

Her Italian co-hosts are Maria Luisa Tavasani a great Italian cook and fashion expert. She started her career in fashion with Enrico Coveri in the mid-seventies, and later became commercial director of sales for Enrica Massei in Milan for five years. Followed by representing Fendi’s clothes and knitwear line. She was invited by Cividini to represent them internationally and finished her fashion career after sixteen years with them.


Her passion for cooking led her first to study under Laura Ravaioli and then with Agata Parisella subsequently who owned the famous “Agata e Romeo” 2 star Michelin restaurant. She also worked with Antonio Troiani of “Il Civino” restaurant. Lastly to learn about bread and desserts she studied with the sisters Margherita and Valeria of Bologna. Who have published a famous book on their recipes.


She worked with me at my boutique hotel La Tranquilla and has been a very important part of our offerings.


Last, but by no means least, is Ivo Bufalini an authentic Etruscan, fabulous cook and furniture designer. He started his furniture design career with his brother in their father’s garage when they were both in their teens learning their trade from their uncle and a Florentine furniture maker. They then formed their own company called Salotti Bufalini and had a furniture showroom in Sinalunga. They showed at the famous Milan Furniture Fair for ten years working with Saudi Arabian and United States clients. In 1999 he and I formed Piolo Italian Design and sold his furniture to clients in Italy and the US.


He inherited his mother’s passion for cooking and it has been a lifelong dedication to searching for, and working with, only the freshest locally grown and raised ingredients. To say he is fanatic about this, is an understatement. He makes all of his pasta by hand, delighting all who taste it. Our guests will be able to see him making the pasta and learn at the same time.  He too worked with me at La Tranquilla bringing a special Italian flavor to all he does.


We have all worked together for a long time and offer a very unique and personalized service where our clients come first and foremost. I speak English, Italian, Spanish, French and a rusty Portuguese, Maria Louisa speaks Italian, English, and French and a little Spanish, Ivo only speaks Italian but makes himself understood by all.

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