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Make pasta, make friends.
Born and raised in the Napoli region, I grew up eating real slow food. Family food. The smell of food was always around me, because someone was always cooking. Eating together was the glue that brought families and community together. Everything was made by hand, too. Buying pre-made food was unthinkable. All the food I ate was instilled with love and attention.
After moving to Amsterdam, I was a chef in several restaurants. During this time, I learned a lot about technique, efficiency, and other cuisines, but there wasn’t a lot of space for creativity and experimenting. I broke out of the stressful hustle-and-bustle restaurant culture and started tuning into what I wanted to bring into the world.
With Nico’s Trattoria, I’m bridging the gap between experience in the fast-paced restaurant world, and soulful, slow, Italian family food. I stay true to the classics, but I also like to experiment (beetroot gnocchi, anyone?). I make all of my food from scratch, mindfully and lovingly. I love to share my passion for good food, and I do this by bringing my cultural and culinary heritage into your homes, bellies and hearts. Ready for a taste?
Love to give pasta workshops and teach you all my secrets in the kitchen!
For me, cooking is...
Real Italian food that nourishes body and soul.
I learned to cook at...
Head chef at Cafe Nassau Chef de partie at Scheepskameel Chef de partie at SOLO Manager and baker at Ciro1939 Manager and baker at Mouline rouge
A role model in the kitchen is...
Nonna Anna e nonna Rita!
A cooking secret...
Preparing food with full attention, positive energy and a lot of love.
As a Private Chef, I can offer you:
Simply tell me what you're craving! I would love to create the perfect menu for your special occasion in Amsterdam.
I can do weddings, birthdays and corporate events in Amsterdam. You name it!
Because "sharing is caring". I would be happy to teach you all sorts of techniques and recipes in Amsterdam.
Nicola's Food Gallery
We all eat with our eyes first! Below you can find a little demonstration of what I can bring to your table.
Book your experience with Chef Nicola
Specify the details of your requests and the chef will send you a custom menu just for you.