I attended the month-long certificate masters class and it was absolutely amazing. We got to work with amazing chefs, learn tricks of modern kitchens (no stirring the risotto constantly!) and eat amazing food! The villa was absolutely gorgeous and our hosts were gracious and attentive. A wonderful experience that I'd recommend to anyone looking for a fantastic taste of Italy!
Patrick H United States
Be prepared to get messy and have a great time. This day class was so much fun, Maurizio our chef/teacher was a blast and what a cook! The class is as much hands on as you desire and if you decide to do hands on then you are going to have fun as the day simply wisks by with a smile and leaves you with so many fond memories. The class was such an inspiration for us and gave us so much confidence to cook what had learned in class such that we held an Itallian Mama Mia Thanksgiving Dinner at our home instead of Turkey dinner. I could not sing like Maurizio did for us but we did play a great Itallian music CD while we cooked and dined.
a traveler United States
My husband and I took a 4-hour cooking class with Georgio as the chef/teacher. I am vegan, so Georgio put together a great vegan menu and taught us how to adapt delicious, well-known Tuscan recipes. The kitchen was large, well-equipped, and beautiful. We made homemade Pici pasta with a to-die-for tomato sauce, Cannelini salad, poached pears with cream sauce, and stuffed peppers. We now know how to make homemade fresh pasta without the need for eggs. We also now know how to slow cook vegetables to allow the flavors to fully develop. It was great having Georgio's hands on help and guidance. After cooking, we sat down to eat with him and the site's owners. It was a glorious meal with good company! We would like to take other classes from them in the future!
Kim H Alaska
What a fun day! We did the market tour plus 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 7. Pate, bruschetta, homemade raviolis, homemade pasta with a tomato sauce, chianti beef stew, and panna cotta with a strawberry / 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 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 5 hours turned into an all day affair that we ate up-literally. They owners even gave us a handwritten / handdrawn 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 / allergies, etc. as there is plenty to choose from at the market (beef, chicken, fish, veggies, etc.) We wanted to learn staples (ie how to make homemade pasta like a champ!).
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