Nelly Capra's

Antica Sciamadda

(Ancient Flames)


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For over fifteen years the people of Genoa feasted on the many varieties of Torte di Verdura baked by Nelly Capra in her ancient wood burning ovens. Torte di Verdura is a centuries old culinary tradition from Genoa Italy. It is a succulent pastry stuffed with fresh vegetables, herbs and cheeses then baked to perfection.

Her restaurant and two food stores in the Ligurian Riviera were named Antica Sciamadda (pronounced anteeka shumäddä) in reference to the hand-built, brick and stone ovens that she used. Her specialties (including over twenty savory pies made of the freshest ingredients, a variety of focacce, pasta dishes, stuffed vegetables, and crispy farinata) have been enjoyed by her native community of Genova, as well as by tourists from Italy and abroad

Now, Nelly Capra has brought her skills and knowledge of the Genoese style of Italian cooking to the San Francisco Bay Area.

Centered in Los Altos, she offers a variety of cooking classes in Genoese cooking over a broad area and her catering services over a smaller one. She also offers vacation cooking classes in Italy. Sample the local flavors and learn how to bring the tastes of Italy home with you

"I come from a country where food is a central part of life. My passion and mission is to share my love of food and cooking with my students. Also to give them the inspiration and tools to create memorable meals and live meaningful experiences in the kitchen."     - Nelly Capra



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