HEALTH
La Dolce Vita Retreat with Chef Avinash Shashidhara
Friday, June 17, 2022
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Il Casale Denari
La Dolce Vita Retreat with Chef Nerina Martinelli
Friday, July 15, 2022
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IL CASALE DENARI
La Dolce Vita Retreat with Chef Ambra Papa
Friday, September 16, 2022
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IL CASALE DENARI
La Dolce Vita Retreat with Chef Avinash Shashidhara
La Dolce Vita Retreat with Chef Avinash Shashidhara
Friday, June 17, 2022
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Il Casale Denari
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17th - 19th June

Located 1hr from Milan Linate

This summer we invite you to join us at one of our culinary retreats, hosted at Il Casale Denari, a 15th century converted Augustinian convent. These retreats celebrate the season’s bounty, set within a breathtaking opulent location

In June, we are joined by Avinash, the head chef of Pali Hill in Fitzrovia.The first night will play host to Avi’s Indian heritage, with a candle lit feast, where as the rest of the weekend will play homage to all things Italian. On Saturday wake to yoga and meditation before joining Avi in the kitchen, learn his secrets and taste his creations. Avinash will guide guests through an extensive pasta and risotto master class, after which we will all come together to enjoy what we have made and bask in the sunshine. In the afternoon head out on a nature walk, enjoy the local village, jump in the pool or head up to the spa, tucked away in the convents rafters, for a deep tissue massage. On Sunday the flower studio will open its doors for our guests to make their own bouquet ready to take home, before our farewell lunch.

About Avi : Avinash first cut his teeth in the world of hospitality at the Oberoi Hotel in Bangalore, before turning towards European cooking. He made his name at London’s most famous Italian restaurant, The River Cafe, each year they would head into the Tuscan hills for workshops and tastings. Avi was surprised at the similarities between the vibrant Indian and Italian cuisines, even how they dramatically change regionally. After a decade at The River Cafe, Avi opened his own venture in Fitzrovia, Pali Hill. Here he celebrates the British seasons and produce, with all the complexities and flavours of India. On the evening guests arrive, dinner will be reminiscent of the dishes Avi produces for Pali Hill, before moving into recipes more inspired by his love of Italy and our surroundings. 



La Dolce Vita Retreat with Chef Nerina Martinelli
La Dolce Vita Retreat with Chef Nerina Martinelli
Friday, July 15, 2022
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IL CASALE DENARI
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15th - 17th July  

Located 1hr from Milan Linate

This summer we invite you to join us at one of our culinary retreats, hosted at Il Casale Denari, a 15th century converted Augustinian convent. These retreats celebrate the season’s bounty, set within a breathtaking opulent location.

This July we are joined by Nerina Martinelli founder and head chef Luca Grimaldi of Il Nugolo, a Florentine restaurant where ingredients are at the heart of their recipes. Nerina and her team were recently featured on Stanley Tucci’s series Searching For Italy. Arrive at Casale Denari and settle into your room before joining Nerina and Luca for a candle lit dinner in the grounds. Awake to bird song, breakfast in bed and yoga, followed by a master class in all things pomodoro! Nerina’s passion for growing over 200 varieties of tomatoes will come through in this workshop. Together with the chef Luca they create dishes that enhance the inner qualities of each variety, looking at the acidity, colour and taste. In the afternoon head out on a nature walk, enjoy the local village, jump in the pool or head up to the spa, tucked away in the convents rafters, for a deep tissue massage. On Sunday the flower studio will open its doors for our guests to make their own bouquet ready to take home, before our farewell lunch.

About Nerina : Nerina grew up with her hands in the soil and often in the kitchen with her mother creating dishes with what they had grown. She came to London in 2015 to work in the kitchens of Petersham Nurseries, later moving into the research and development team, where her love of slow produce grew. When returning to her hometown of Florence with this love of seasonal and slow produce she founded her restaurant Nugolo.

La Dolce Vita Retreat with Chef Ambra Papa
La Dolce Vita Retreat with Chef Ambra Papa
Friday, September 16, 2022
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IL CASALE DENARI
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16th - 18th September

Located 1hr from Milan Linate

This summer we invite you to join us at one of our culinary retreats, hosted at Il Casale Denari Flower Farm, a 15th century converted Augustinian convent. These retreats celebrate the season’s bounty, set within a breathtaking opulent location.

In September, Petersham Nurseries’ head chef Ambra Papa will return to her homeland to cook seasonal Tuscan classics she grew up with, intertwined with some signature Petersham Nurseries dishes to also feature on her menu. Together with sous chef Jacob Keen-Downs, she will teach a workshop on Tuscan seafood specialities, before guests sit down to enjoy their handiwork at an al fresco lunch. We will be sourcing the best summer has to offer, to be enjoyed in the fields. In the afternoon head out on a nature walk, enjoy the local village, jump in the pool or head up to the spa, tucked away in the convents rafters, for a deep tissue massage. On Sunday the flower studio will open its doors for our guests to make their own bouquet ready to take home, before our farewell lunch.

About Ambra : Head chef at Petersham Nurseries, Richmond, Ambra’s attention to taste and detail saw her take the helm back in 2017. Having grown up in and out of her family’s restaurants in Tuscany, Ambra’s passion for food and produce led her away from her studies and into the kitchen. After graduating from cookery school she worked in a Michelin Star restaurant in Florence. Helvetia & Bristol, before moving to London to work for Hix and later Petersham Nurseries - where she recently won a sustainability Green Michelin Star. Alongside her sous chef Jacob Keen, Ambra will be exploring seasonal Tuscan classics, coupled with signature Petersham dishes.