This was a terrific activity! Our group was only 4 people and we started with a tour of the San Lorenzo market. Walter was very knowledgeable and we got to taste various balsamic vinegars and truffle products. After the tour, we walked back to the kitchen and started cooking. We made bruschetta, fettucine with truffle sauce, meatloaf and panna cotta with strawberry sauce for dessert. Walter explained all the steps to us so it will be easy to make everything again. We also got a booklet with the recipes. I definitely recommend doing this!
So good and it was so fun to go through the market and get our food. Walter was a wonderful guide.
Our final result was a delicious meal that we actually did ourselves!
Wonderful tour of the market, an engaging and knowledgeable guide, along with talented and friendly chefs at the school made this a stress free day followed by a delicious meal. The group was an international mix of travellers, which made for good conversation.
This was the highlight of my Florence visit. Our chef and tour director was wonderful knowledgeable about foods, culture, history. Very charming and kind. I have turned my bruschetta loose on two family dinner parties since, with good results. Most highly recommended.
Theresa from Seattle
Our chef/tour guide was Walter. We were a group of 17 folks of all different ages. We started out at the market where we not only saw beautiful food but tasted different items at vendors that were familiar to Walter.
We walked over to our kitchen for the day, and donned aprons and got to work. We made bruchetta, meatloaf, pasta with vegetables, and panna cotta. Then the fun began, eating this meal along with some appropriate wine. We all had a GREAT time and it was hard to leave!
This was the highight of our Florence trip. Chef Alessandro introduced us to butchers, bakers and market merchants selling olive oils, truffle oil and Italian food products.We learned a lot in his cooking class, it was good to eat and good fun at the same time. Mama Mia! It was great.Don't miss it!
We visited 2 great wineries and the wine tastings were very good. Besides wine we sampled balsamic vinegar, olive oil and grappa.
Super fun, the market is amazing, I want a market like this in my town. Our instructors were fun and instructive. We enjoyed the fruits of our class in their wine cellar dining room I think I can make homemade pasta on my own
This was fun! Alessandro led a mixed group of Australian and American tourists through the Mercato Centrale and then back to the kitchen to make (and eat) lunch. He was charming and funny and very patient with us. Our family all had a great time, and I think the others in the group did as well. I can't wait to try making pasta again.
This was a brilliant, fun experience! Lovely people, great facilities ... a real highlight!
My wife and I had a great time and we highly recommend this cooking class. The class was on our first full day in Italy and it introduced us to Florence, the market, and some important aspects regarding meats, flavors and tastes of Tuscany. We were able to sample olive oils, balsamic vinegars, Vin Santo wine, biscotti and truffle paste. We also had a lesson in how to order Florentine steak (T-bones). The class was a lot of fun and we learned to make pasta, bruschetta, pannacotta, and an Italian meatloaf. All were exceptional and we ate it all in the wine cellar. Francesco, our chef and teacher, was personable, knowledgeable and entertaining - great fun! He made the whole experience a great deal of fun as well as educational.
The course included both a market tour and cooking class. Both were educational and entertaining. The chefs and help were all fluent in English. And, after prep of the multi-course meal, the class members all enjoyed a delicious and fun meal together with much wine and conversation. I highly recommend the course.
Wow! This was the highlight of our trip to Florence. The chefs, especially Francesco, we're fantastic.
I really loved this tour! The food was amazing and I loved tasting different things in the market. I would recommend this to everyone
The cooking class and the trip to the Market couldn't have been better. The class turned out to be just my daughter and I. Because of this we were able to do so much more. The food turned out excellent. I would gladly do it again. Our chef was great in guiding us.
If I could give this tour more than 5 stars I would! Chef Francesco was awesome! He was entertaining and taught us so much about the local food and Marketplace. The Market was BEYOND SPECTACULAR! If you have the opportunity, book this tour early in your Florence visit so you can return to the market place. On the day of your cooking class the market tour is limited and the place closes before your class is over so go the next day and just shop and sample and savor this incredible market! After we had purchased what we needed for the class we walked to the cooking school and were joined by two other chefs to make a delicious (though very simple) Italian lunch complete with appetizer and dessert. This was a fabulous day and I would do it again or would sign up for more classes they have at the school. Even though the tour said there would be a maximum of 12 people, our group had 15 excluding the chefs but was still a great time!
This was a lot of fun. We were met at the market by our lovely chef. We did tastings at the market and then went on to the kitchen. All well organised and fun staff. Our lunch was served down in the atmospheric wine cellar with lots of wine supplied - a great day and new skills learnt.
We thoroughly enjoyed our cooking class! We loved our trip through the market, tasting and learning the differences in olive oils and balsamic vinegars. Brava to our chefs! What a fun experience.
Ellen T USA
How good was this tour? I would go back to Florence just to take this tour again! I was in the Tuscany area for 18 days and this was by far and hands down the best day there! You won't be sorry you took this one!
Excellent!! Francesco was very friendly and patient. Our balsamic vinegar tasting at San Lorenzo market was superb and we got to cook up some really yummy Italian food. Would recommend this to anyone.
Without a doubt the best experience you can have to take in the culture and culinary skills of Tuscany. The chef, Fransico, was very friendly and funny. This trip was both educational and entertaining. When you look at how much you paid versus the time and quality of food prepared, you are getting more than what you paid for. This is a must do activity if you are visiting Florence.
This was so much fun, and we made one of the best meals that we ate in Rome!
Chef Francesco was wonderful and we also learned a lot at the market.
Having lunch in the wine cellar was a special touch.