MY STORY

Chef Mollie

Chef Mollie has been featured on the Oprah’s Show and in “O” magazine. National Geographic Passport to the Best has recognized Trattoria Mollie as one of the “Ten Best Destination & Special Restaurants in the World

My approach to cooking is similar to my approach to life. Keep it simple, eat only fresh foods…

Simple classic Italian cuisine. Chef Mollie been a guest chef for Grand Hyatt Hotels two times in Hong Kong and once in Dubai, UAE. And in West Palm Beach, Florida at the 2007 Internal Polo Convention.

In 2008 she had been invited as guest chef and cooking instructor on the cruise ship Silversea on the Mediterranean. She was born and raised in Mekele a small town in northern Ethiopia. Italian cultural influence is in evidence in most of her homeland because of the extended occupation and in migration of Italians. Her father spoke Italian because he worked with them when he was young. It isn’t all that unusual for an Ethiopian with an interest in things Italian to seek a career in Italian cuisine. She trained with the well known chef Gianfranco Vissani whose restaurant in Braschi has the highest rating in La Guide De l’Espresso the Italian Michelin style guide. In Roma she trained at Arturo’s restaurant on the Aurelia Antica, near the Vatican Colleges. Her pasta education comes from my intensive training in Bologna with Chef Roberta, she also trained in Padova where she learned to prepare the Ciabatta bread that was first developed there over 100 years ago, and she bakes fresh for her diners.

MY STORY

Chef Mollie

Chef Mollie has been featured on the Oprah’s Show and in “O” magazine. National Geographic Passport to the Best has recognized Trattoria Mollie as one of the “Ten Best Destination & Special Restaurants in the World

My approach to cooking is similar to my approach to life. Keep it simple, eat only fresh foods…

Simple classic Italian cuisine. Chef Mollie been a guest chef for Grand Hyatt Hotels two times in Hong Kong and once in Dubai, UAE. And in West Palm Beach, Florida at the 2007 Internal Polo Convention.

In 2008 she had been invited as guest chef and cooking instructor on the cruise ship Silversea on the Mediterranean. She was born and raised in Mekele a small town in northern Ethiopia. Italian cultural influence is in evidence in most of her homeland because of the extended occupation and in migration of Italians. Her father spoke Italian because he worked with them when he was young. It isn’t all that unusual for an Ethiopian with an interest in things Italian to seek a career in Italian cuisine. She trained with the well known chef Gianfranco Vissani whose restaurant in Braschi has the highest rating in La Guide De l’Espresso the Italian Michelin style guide. In Roma she trained at Arturo’s restaurant on the Aurelia Antica, near the Vatican Colleges. Her pasta education comes from my intensive training in Bologna with Chef Roberta, she also trained in Padova where she learned to prepare the Ciabatta bread that was first developed there over 100 years ago, and she bakes fresh for her diners.

Voted “Best 10 in the World..”

IN THE NEWS

Offered

by Chef Mollie

Online Ordering

Catering

Food Products

Cooking Classes

Cookbook

Truffle Hunting & Wine Tasting

Order Online

Takeout

Minestrone

Crespelle Ricotta e Spinace

Lasagne Bolognese

Tiramisu

Panna Cotta

Cater your next event

WITH Star chef mollie ahlstrand

BOOK CATERING

Food Products

by Chef Mollie

Chef Mollie explains to the modern home cook how the true Italian method of cooking, with an emphasis on fresh, organic vegetables, high quality ingredients, lean protein, and smart food preparation and storage, can be achieved by anyone, anywhere, and even on a limited budget. Follow Mollie across the world, from one continent to the next, from the farmer’s market to the chef’s restaurant, from the garden to the home kitchen, and experience the joy of Italian cuisine as Mollie Ahlstrand sees it, in Trattoria Mollie’s Primi Piatti: First Course.

Coming Soon to select locations

 

Culinary Classes

by Chef Mollie

Have fun learning how to make fresh Pasta, Gnocchi, Pizza Sauces & Dessert from the best. Classes hosted in Santa Barbara, Ca | Rome, Italy | Umbria, Italy | Alba, Italy

Cookbook

by Chef Mollie

Chef Mollie explains to the modern home cook how the true Italian method of cooking, with an emphasis on fresh, organic vegetables, high quality ingredients, lean protein, and smart food preparation and storage, can be achieved by anyone, anywhere, and even on a limited budget. Follow Mollie across the world, from one continent to the next, from the farmer’s market to the chef’s restaurant, from the garden to the home kitchen, and experience the joy of Italian cuisine as Mollie Ahlstrand sees it, in Trattoria Mollie’s Primi Piatti: First Course.

Cookbook

by Chef Mollie

Chef Mollie explains to the modern home cook how the true Italian method of cooking, with an emphasis on fresh, organic vegetables, high quality ingredients, lean protein, and smart food preparation and storage, can be achieved by anyone, anywhere, and even on a limited budget. Follow Mollie across the world, from one continent to the next, from the farmer’s market to the chef’s restaurant, from the garden to the home kitchen, and experience the joy of Italian cuisine as Mollie Ahlstrand sees it, in Trattoria Mollie’s Primi Piatti: First Course.

Truffle Hunting & Wine Tasting in Italy

With Chef Mollie

Truffle hunting in Italy is the foraging process that involves trained dogs accompanying Italian truffle hunters to sniff out the cherished mushrooms buried deep beneath the forest floor.

Mollie takes friends & clients White Truffle hunting in Alba, Italy @ end of Sept through Mid Jan

Truffle Hunting & Wine Tasting in Italy

With Chef Mollie

Truffle hunting in Italy is the foraging process that involves trained dogs accompanying Italian truffle hunters to sniff out the cherished mushrooms buried deep beneath the forest floor.

Mollie takes friends & clients White Truffle hunting in Alba, Italy @ end of Sept through Mid Jan

Get

IN TOUCH

7 + 15 =

What people

Say about Chef Mollie

The food is SO good! The food is AWESOME! Loved it!

JORDAN
Local Guide

THEE best! All of her food is amazing! My favorite Italian Chef.. My boyfriend absolutely loves her pasta. Definitely a staple when we’re ordering online!

MOLLY W.
Customer

Delivery Area

Montecito / Santa Barbara

 

Delivery Hours

5-7pm Wed – Sun

Catering

Min. 24 Hours in Advance