from Canada, May 2018
"Culinary expertise at Tastes of Tuscany"
The individual dishes taught are a real cross-section of Italian cooking. Now when we eat these dishes at local restos we are critical of THEIR chefs:-) Alberto and Luciano went to great lengths to provide professional tips on fine dining. Meaghan, the owner of Villa Pandolfini was SO accommodating! She did everything in her power to make her guests happy. This was a trip of a lifetime.
from United States, October 2017
Chefs were knowledgeable and friendly; dishes were wonderful but not too complex; villas for accommodations were beautiful.
from United States, July 2017
"La dolce vita"
Meaghan, Massimo, the Chefs, la piscina. .no
Kim H. United States
What a fun day! We did the market tour and cooking class. We met Luciano, our chef, at the market to shop for ingredients and were informed that the other couple had cancelled last minute so it would just be myself and my mom for class. What a day! We started with espresso and a fresh pastry outside the market. We spent extra time at the market learning, tasting, and shopping and made a feast of food that day! The owners had friends visiting who ate with us so we cooked for a party of seven. Pate, bruschetta, homemade raviolis, homemade pasta with a tomato sauce, chianti beef stew, and panna cotta with a strawberry and balsamic sauce. Luciano made us rossini prosecco cocktails once we got back to the kitchen and we drank red and white wine from the onsite vineyard throughout the prep and meal. They have HUGE herbs growing on site that we snipped from for our dishes. They provide you a comp apron to keep as well as a small cookbook which they give you before class to take notes in which is nice. What was supposed to be around five hours turned into an all day affair that we ate up, literally. They owners even gave us a handwritten and hand drawn map to get us out of Florence that evening as we were driving to Siena. Can't say enough about our experience this day. Luciano made it so much fun and the food was fresh and yummy! It's spendy, but we felt that our experience was worth every penny! Also, the chef can tailor the menu to your likes, preference, or allergies, as there is plenty to choose from at the market (beef, chicken, fish, veggies, and so on). We wanted to learn staples or how to make homemade pasta like a champ!
We decided to truly take a class where we could prepare a gluten-free Tuscan meal with true professional guidance and we are so glad we chose this class. We met in a meeting spot in Florence to hop in a van to Villa Pandolfini, where in a truly Tuscan rustic kitchen we prepared our meal along with two other newly wedded couples. We prepared a gluten free pasta from scratch and the other four prepared traditional pasta from scratch. The processes were somewhat different, but the results; homemade pasta.
Then preparing the dessert, main dishes, and having the time of our lives. What fun it was. I highly recommend this class to anyone who truly wants to partake in an authentic experience. I for one would be happy to do it again.