Italian grandma offers live cooking lessons to families stuck at home during pandemic

"Every time I tell her,' Nonna, you are famous!' She laughs at me."

May 04, 2020, 4:09 PM

Live from Italy, an Italian grandma is teaching virtual cooking classes during the pandemic.

With help from her granddaughter Chiara Nicolanti, Nerina Tamanti films "Nonna Live."

Audiences can watch and learn as Nonna Nerina makes lasagne, fettuccine, ravioli, gnocchi and more from her kitchen located in Palombara Sabina, a small village outside Rome.

Nicolanti told "Good Morning America" that over 1,100 have signed up for her grandmother's classes, which cost $60.

"Every time I tell her,' Nonna, you are famous!' She laughs at me," Nicolanti said. "She replies 'You are crazy, baby.'"

During the two-hour cooking class, Nonna Nerina gives step-by-step instructions and even claps for you as you work. A week before your class, you'll receive a shopping list of ingredients to buy.

Nonna sends translated notes to help you prepare for the session.

"It’s a way to stay together, keep the spirit up (a pasta-therapy), and you will have a great dish to eat at the end," Nicolanti said.

Nonna Nerina has eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, both of whom are Nicolanti's kids.

Before cooking live, Nonna Nerina and Nicolanti gave face-to-face cooking classes in collaboration with Airbnb experiences. The family hosted more than 4,000 travelers in a two-year span in their kitchen.

"Nonna Live" was launched in early March with the help of a family friend, Brent Freeman.

It was Nonna Nerina's first-ever experience filming a livestream.

"I tried to explain her before the class but she was a little bit confused," Nicolanti said. "We laughed so much together!"

Nonna Nerina also offers private, one-on-one classes and private group classes. Guests can opt to take courses with different Nonnas and Mammas too.

PHOTO: With help from her granddaughter Chiara Nicolanti, Nerina Tamanti films "Nonna Live" during the pandemic.
With help from her granddaughter Chiara Nicolanti, Nerina Tamanti films "Nonna Live" during the pandemic.
Chiara Nicolanti/Nonna Live

Nicolanti is happy to see Nonna Nerina sharing her love with the world.

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