Nicoletta was born and raised in Italy and after moving to the Netherlands when she was 22 she worked for a long time as an interpreter / translator.
In 2000 she started to give cooking classes at the Volksuniversiteit in Amstelveen. It was a nice hobby but she wanted more. La Cucina del Sole was the direct consequence of this activity: one of her passions – cooking – became a real profession. And she never regretted the career switch from translator to cooking teacher!
Nicoletta’s great love for the Italian cuisine and the best wines brought her to deepen her knowledgde of the Italian cuisine further than what she had learned from her family. She refined her culinary skills with some cooking master classes at the renowned “Gambero Rosso” cooking school in Rome, a sommelier diploma in 2009 and innumerable practical experiments. Her great culinary passions are the classic Italian cuisine as well as the regional and historic recipes, the healthy Italian cuisine and the international cuisine.
Nicoletta is considered a culinary expert and is often requested to give advice by the Consumentenbond (Dutch Consumers’ Union), TV programmes like Kassa! (Vara), “De smaakpolitie” (SBS6), “Herrie in de keuken” (RTL4) and “Huisje Boompje Beestje” (NTR), radio programmes such as “Dichtbij Nederland” (Radio 5) and “Winfrieds Woonkamer” (NTR), newspapers and blogs (Metro, Parool, SpecialBite, Koken Blogo, Sjakes.com and so forth) and magazines (De Smaak van Italie, Foodies, Delicious etc.).
Nicoletta teaches classic, regional and healthy Italian cuisine offering single cookery workshops, cooking courses of several lessons, private dining service, Italian catering, culinary advice, recipe writing, presentation of cooking programs on TV and video, articles on the Italian cuisine and more. She also writes about food and wine for her own culinary blogs: La Cucina del Sole (NL) and The Sunny Kitchen (EN).
Her first cookbook, “Antipasti” ISBN (9059205154), was published by Veltman publishers, and her second one, “Cucina di casa mia – Recipes of an Italian family” released by Dutch publisher Choizes won the Third prize at the Gourmand Cookbook Award in Paris in the category “Best Italian Cookbook in the World” in 2013. Her third book called “Gewoon gezond”, published in 2015, is a collaboration with nutritionist and author Rolien Scheepbouwer.
In 2011 Nicoletta presented 40 episodes of “La cucina degli altri”, her own TV cooking show dedicated to the world cuisine on the first and largest Italian food channel, “Gambero Rosso Channel” (channel 411 on Sky).
In 2015 Nicoletta became a Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution Ambassador.