Lazy Italian Culinary Adventures organize private, scheduled, and customized group adventures to explore food, wine, culture, and all things Italy.

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Judy Francini

Francesca Montillo

Testimonials (5)

Ann Caputo Kirby

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I just returned from a FABULOUS trip to Bologna with Francesca! The trip was so very well planned from the perfect location of an excellent hotel to each day of activities. The day's activities were perfectly planned with delicious food at each. Our walking tour was really great with history and architecture of Bologna featured. Our food tour of Bologna with a professional chef was wonderful. We enjoyed a great day of touring locations that produced Parmigiano-Reggiano, Balsamic Vinegar and Prosciutto. I learned so much... ate so much... each more delicious than the next. Our day ended with a wonderful late lunch entertained by local musicians that really got the group up and lively. We learned how to make pasta and to paint!! Francesca chose fabulous restaurants and our group was really great. We started as strangers and ended as friends! If you want a wonderful trip loaded with information, food and fun, join a Lazy Italian Culinary Adventure. It is a gem!!! You won't be disappointed.

William Machanic

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I recently returned from a wondrous 8 day tour of Bologna and the Emilia Romagna region. Francesca Montillo, who arranged everything, refers to herself as “host and leader.” While accurate, Francesca is so much more than that. She made sure that needs of EVERYONE in the group were catered to and the very thoughtful day tours and meals went beyond my best expectations. Whether we spent time on architecture, history, cooking, visiting exceptional food producers, restaurants or retailers, each local guide was exceptionally versed in their particular field. They also provided incredible insight into local producers (such as the producers of Parmigiano Reggiano, Prosciutto di Parma and Balsamic Vinegar of Modena) and area history with humor and knowledge, truly giving us an insider’s look at both Bologna and surrounding region. After I returned to Boston, I referred to this trip as a “once in a lifetime” experience. Hopefully, joining another group with Francesca in the future, will be another “once in a lifetime” experience. I highly recommend Lazy Italian Culinary Tours. It was a wonderful experience that I will never forget.

Walt Shaughnessy

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My wife and I just returned from Bologna with Francesca and we had a fantastic time! The hotel was in a great location, central to everything and very comfortable. Our pasta class was a lot of fun and we made some delicious pasta.The walking tours were informative and loaded with food. All the restaurants Francesca selected for our dinners were top notch. The visits to facilities that produced Parmigiano-Reggiano, Balsamic Vinegar and Prosciutto were educational and tasty. Francesca is a great tour guide. She makes you feel like you're spending time with a friend who just happens to know the area. Everyone on the tour chatted, laughed, ate and drank together. We were like family. if you are planning a trip to Italy and want a truly memorable time call Francesca. You won't be disappointed.

Emily Casella

Lazy Italian Culinary Adventures website

I've been wanting to learn to make pizzelle for a very long time. They are so beautiful and fancy, yet light. I have always bought the store kind but I know the homemade ones are better. I took Francesca's baking class because I knew we would make these. With her instructions, I learned the proper method for making these delicious cookies. I'm so excited at how easy they were to make! While we learned to make four cookies in class, all which I will repeat at home, the pizzelle alone were worth it!

Karen B.

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Ciao! I've had the pleasure of attending 2 classes with Francesca. She knows her stuff. Her classes are fun and low key. She teaches simple recipes that enabled me to go home and cook Italian food. Having been to Italy twice and a student of Italian, that is amazing. One class was in her home, which gave us an opportunity to really learn how to make all the dishes and enjoy them together Italian style, with wine of course. I've used some of the skills she taught in other recipes. And now I make risotto, from scratch, stirring constantly. My family and my Thanksgiving celebration were very pleased with this new skill. Francesca has a simple cannoli recipe that I am looking forward to trying. I look forward to taking her Italian cooking tours to Italy in the coming years. Perfetto!