La Mezzaluna organizes fun and informal authentic Tuscan cooking classes and culinary vacations in Tuscany.

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    Rita Lucherini

    Reviews (31)

    Tracy Rundquist

    from United States, August 2019

    "Beautiful Tuscany"

    I loved everything about this trip. It was for my son and his 21st birthday, but the area , the classes, Rita, Alex and Ricardo, the meals and wine were all amazing. I could not recommend this trip more! I felt very at home, if you needed anything you just had to ask!

    Gabriele Gudbjartsson

    from Iceland, August 2019

    "Stop looking; this is The One."

    The warmth and familial experience that we felt at La Mezzaluna with Mama Rita was unparalleled. Not only was Rita´s homegrown cooking instruction exceptionally seasoned with prowess and years of observing the culinary techniques of her Italian mother, but the kitchen was delightfully filled with constant laughter, a medley of arresting aromas and instant community.

    This culinary holiday is planned to perfection with the most ideal mix of cooking, eating, wine tasting, resting, walking through the most picturesque parts of Tuscany and just enjoying the new community that manifests from La Mezzaluna´s atmosphere.

    It is the best way to step into the Italian culture and be forever changed. Grazie mille!

    Janet Jones

    from Great Britain, July 2019

    "La Mezzaluna"

    This trip and cooking experience was fun from start to finish

    Matt Day

    from Great Britain, July 2019

    "Absolutely amazing"

    If you're even slightly interested in Italian food, or scenery, or history, or wine, or just having a great time with wonderful people, come and spend a week with Rita, Alex and Ricardo! The whole week was excellent fun, and right from being picked up from the airport it felt as though I was visiting extended family; trips to the nearby towns where Rita would tell us all sorts of interesting local facts, cooking classes that were hilarious and informative, wonderful alfresco dinners overlooking the valley with plenty of wine to accompany, followed by a bit of karaoke ;) Rita, Alex and Ricardo are some of the warmest, most beautiful people you will ever meet - nothing was ever too much trouble, and they went out of their way to make sure everything was comfortable. 10 / 10 will be going back!!

    Pamela Studdert

    from Australia, June 2019

    "Best little holiday I've ever had"

    It was just what I had hoped for. Lovely rustic accommodation in Tuscany. Rita was there to meet me at Pisa airport and was just lovely right from the start. There were six of us from all over the world for this 5 day course, and as a solo traveler just felt comfortable with this holiday and the group. Everything was included in the holiday. It was a great blend of sightseeing and cooking. The cooking classes were so much fun and has given me more confidence with cooking pasta and pizza now. This holiday was worth the 24 hour flight from Sydney.

    Jeffrey Rickersey

    from United States, June 2019

    "Best Experience Ever"

    The whole Package / Experience

    Nora Rooney

    from Ireland, June 2019

    "Exceeded my expectations"

    Cooking and dining with Rita & Alex at Mezzaluna was a wonderful and unforgettable experience. Rita's style of cooking and tuition suited me; informal, fun and informative. I learned a lot about the basics. The results were delicious and the group and I enjoyed wonderful lunches & dinners al fresco on the terrace. I also loved the touring in the local towns and villages, and my friend and I lucked out with a lovely group to share the experience. Breakfast is good and there is plenty of still water or wine provided.

    I would recommend this holiday if you want to relax in beautiful Tuscany, gazing at the hills as you dine, and to have fun cooking and to taste many good local wines ; - )

    Joanne Beaton

    from Great Britain, April 2019

    "Our Italian cooking experience"

    It was a home from home experience. Rita and Alex made us feel very much part of the family. We smiled all of the time and were treated like gold. Rita works tirelessly to ensure that all runs smoothly. Her cooking lessons are first class, and lots of fun. The excursions were well planned and extremely interesting. Magic happens at La Mezzaluna.

    Richard Essig

    from United States, November 2018

    "It was a great meeting of new people from diverse places."

    For me, I did not participate in the class, Instead I took pictures and ate the creations and the wine! Rita provided the group with various tours of local places that were my other highlights.

    Sheila Mouna

    from Great Britain, August 2018

    "1st Solo visit to Mezza Luna "

    As a novice solo traveller I found the experience really refreshing. I felt at home straight away and was made feel very welcome. The cooking experience mixed with touring the local area was perfect, Rita and Alex make a great team. I highly recommend this trip, especially for female solo travellers.

    Riberton Mendez

    from United States, August 2018

    " Rita, Ricardo and Alex were AWESOME."

    Staying at La Mezzaluna did not feel like a hotel or a school, I felt I was visiting relatives who would invite me to cook with them.

    The story of how I ended up going on this trip is an interesting one but I wouldn't change the outcome for anything in the world.

    Rita was AWESOME (inside joke for the amazing group who went to this trip).

    Her level of energy and patience was unparalleled to anyone, and the other attendees made me feel, as a solo traveler, I was meant to be with them.

    The food was great, wine was always present, and now I wish I paid more attention to the pie making lessons.

    Overall it was a great experience.

    Angee Walberry

    from United States, July 2018

    "Best vacation of my life!"

    Rita is an Italian treasure! She made us immediately feel like a part of her family. The classes are wonderful, Alex’s wines are delicious, and the food is delectable!

    Maggie Bloom

    from Great Britain, May 2018

    "Superb experience"

    Rita was the perfect hostess; She was a natural, and Alex provided fantastic evenings of entertainment. I learnt so much about cooking delicious Italian recipes and made some fantastic friends who I will keep in contact with

    Annie Kingston

    from Great Britain, May 2018

    "Hugely enjoyable stay cooking with Rita "

    Rita is very warm and welcoming. She is a fantastic host and knows her Italian cooking and passes down recipes that have gone down generation to generation. The day started with breakfast and we ended up (on a five day/4 night stay course) of visiting local towns on three of the mornings. The group was a nice size of six. We spent two afternoons making various pastas and sauces along with Focaccia bread on one of them, and pizza's on the second.

    Philippa Thompson

    from Great Britain, May 2018

    "Excellent hopitality and value for money"

    Rita was a delight to be with, very attentive and worked tirelessly to look after us. From the meet and greet at the airport, to serving drinks and guiding us around the towns she was great. The cookery lessons were lots of fun, very informative and the food we had delicious. Rita is obviously very knowledgably and happy to guide and support through all the cooking process. Breakfast was good, the all inclusive drinks great and the general atmosphere very relaxed and enjoyable. The 4 visits to the towns and villages were excellent, Rita really supported us with these and again tried very hard to provide a quality visit and experience. All in all a really fun, positive and learning experience. Well done Rita :-)

    Kathy O'reilly

    from Australia, April 2018

    The whole 5 days were fabulous. From the location, scenery, atmosphere, food, wine, to the other guests. As a first time solo traveller i was made to feel very welcome and inclusive. The other guests were of similar age and we all got on very well. Rita our host was very hospitable and a lot of fun. Loved the sing along night! Thanks for a great experience Rita!

    Wendy Smith

    from Austria, April 2018

    "This was a great expernce!! Rita is a great instructor "

    The food was amazing, the atmosphere was fun and very relaxed. I liked the cooking lessons, the food we made was amazing, the wines. Rita and Alex hosptality. Getting to see/experirence the beauty of northern Tuscany.

    All and all a great experience. A must if you are in Italy!!!!

    Linda Harris

    from Canada, April 2018

    "Cooking with Mama Rita. "

    Welcoming into her home. Hospitality was excellent. Rita and Alex super enteetainment

    Elizabeth Melrose

    from Great Britain, October 2017

    "Perfect Pasta"

    The teaching, the company, the place... the food...

    Mj Hansen

    from United States, May 2019

    "Mother / daughter trip"

    This vacation exceeded all my expectations! We saw and experienced Tuscany like the locals do and avoided the tourist traps. We had custom tours, our wonderful cooking classes, great food and wine and entertainment. Can't say enough about how wonderful this vacation was! Rita is a gem, your personal tour guide and great instructor. She makes everyone feel like family and you can't wait to come back.

    Julie Kelly

    from United States, November 2018

    "Perfect Girl Retreat"

    Meeting new friends over excellent wine and food.

    Barbara Salins

    from United States, September 2018

    "Best vacation ever"

    Just th right combination of cooking lessons, sightseeing and relaxing

    Anita Fatchett

    from Great Britain, September 2018

    "Traditional cooking in Tuscany"

    This week gave a broad and enjoyable introduction to everyday traditional dishes. The programme was so arranged as to see the food journey from soil to table and to appreciate the local life, history and influences of the area.

    Emy Huseby

    from Germany, September 2018

    My heart is full in thinking back on our time with Rita, Alex and Ricardo! Rita has a spirit so stunningly beautiful and a home so incredibly welcoming that our whole group came in as strangers, felt immediately cared for, nourished and welcomed, so we settled in as if we were at our favorite family home and had the best time ever getting to know each other, laughing, singing, being silly, cooking, and relaxing. We left as best friends planning our next reunion! Rita read our energy levels and both showed us how to do more than we thought possible and provided the perfect times of relaxation when we needed it. Her patience and joy was such a delight with half of our group not being the cooking type and who were more there for the fun and food :-) - she gave us both in full measure!! The food was plentiful, delicious and so much fun to make. We were there in the high heat of August, but the nights cooled down beautifully. The location is gorgeous. This was a short stop for us in a 3 week European tour, but this was, no question, the highlight! Thank you again, Rita! Hugs and can't wait to do it again!!

    Doree Armstrong

    from United States, August 2018

    "Wonderful culinary and excursion vacation!"

    Rita, our host and cooking instructor was extremely welcoming and kind! I thoroughly enjoyed the week learning and making pasta, fish, pizza, pastry tarts and our excursions to neighboring regions. Rita even added a few items to the cooking lessons that I had never experienced- ie. Octopus! Also, enjoyed being in a fun group of individuals from other countries...lots of laughs, singing and wine!! This is my third cooking school vacation in Italy, it was great to experience and learn different techniques/styles compared to instructors from other regions throughout Italy.

    Amy Freshour

    from Belgium, August 2018

    "Home away from home, without the cleaning"

    The program is excellent for a first introduction to Italian cooking and Tuscany. Rita is super friendly and you feel immediately at home, only you don't have to clean up the mess in the kitchen :-) We were busy with nice activities besides cooking and eating, but also had enough free time to rest. Friends and family would also stop by for visits and sometimes dinner, adding to the homey feel. I had luck that there were several festivals so the evenings were also fun. And the wine is almost never-ending, starting with an aperitif around 11 am til as late as you want. The airport pick-up/drop-off service is also great. Overall an excellent worry-free vacation!

    Beth Hunt

    from United States, May 2018

    "A life-changing experience"

    I have, for my entire adult life, dreamed of taking a culinary vacation in Tuscany. My time at La Mezza Luna met the expectations of that dream within the first few hours. Rita is genuine, hilarious, kind and a fantastic teacher. She became part of our group, interacting with us, sharing personal stories and getting to know us. The recipes she guided us through were both complex and simple -- but they were all delicious and, more importantly, doable by home-chefs. Rita's partner Alex was part of our group, as well. He kept the wine flowing and the karaoke machine warmed up. I can't say enough about this experience. I will never forget a single moment.

    James Fazio

    from United States, September 2017

    All-inclusive Rustic Tuscan Nirvana. Measured in terms of hospitality, quality and quantity of recipe preparation, value, and excursions, if rated from 0-5, this goes to 11! We took the 7-day course. Obligatory pasta, pizza, and tiramisu instructions were simple and glorious. Chef Rita offered the opportunity to craft other menus to personal tastes. We chose more rustic variations. All exceeded expectations. Whether it was going to the market, off-the-beaten-path journeys, or to the Vinery for a drink, we felt part of Tuscany. Brilliant/super/awesome experience!

    Tania Russell

    from United Kingdom,

    I can wholeheartedly recommend La Mezzaluna as a fantastic, fun experience. Rita is an amazing hostess and really gave 5-star service. We crammed so much into the three days with a variety of activities from sightseeing, eating and drinking to cooking; certainly a good balance for everyone. The accommodation was spacious and clean and did not incur any single supplements. I would like to thank Rita and the family for looking after me so well as this was my first trip as a single traveler and I would certainly love to return.