While staying at Palazzo Donati palace, in the Northern Italy town of Mercatello sul Metauro, (in Le Marche) I got a tagliatelle lesson from Nonna Lina Mazzanti.
Lina started making pasta at the age of ten, which is not terribly uncommon in Italy. She has won top awards at the pasta competition in the village for the past ten years. If a pasta lesson couldn’t be given by my actual grandmother, Lina was definitely qualified as a substitute teacher. [...]