Meet Head Chef at the Free With Words Tuscany Retreat, Carla Violetti


Carla Violetti’s food is infused with a love of the produce that comes from the local region of Arezzo, and a focus on health and wellbeing. Specialising in the art of combining fresh local ingredients, her meals are an experience for all the senses.


“My goal is to spread the culture of good food, rooted in quality of the raw materials,” she says. “Food that respects of the cycles of nature with attention to detail.”


Carla and her team cater to all tastes and diets, so if you are vegetarian, vegan, or have any allergies or particular dietary requirements, you will be catered to with equal style and substance.


The opportunity is also available for participants at the retreat to come together to suggest their own menu for a special dining occasion during the week.


A sample of the dinner menus prepared at the villa by Carla and their team:


Smoked ricotta with Cantabrian anchovies on a bed of misticanza

Sausage and endive gnocchi

Chicken cacciatore with potatoes, cantucci and vinsanto


Sweet and sour chianina carpaccio

Pork loin with wild fennel, peas and milk mashed potatoes


Pecorino beans, ham and bruschette sbriciolona

Tagliatelle with Tuscan ragu

Roast suckling pig with potatoes and white beans in olive oil


Beef tartare on a bed of mixed salad with balsamic vinegar

Baked pasta, mixed roast with potatoes and artichokes


Pappa al pomodoro

Fresh ricotta and scallops, burrata ravioli, tomatoes and rocket

Chianina with potatoes and salad


Find out more about the Free With Words writing retreat in Tuscany this coming September here!

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