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  • Location: Florence, Italy
  • Duration:  4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
Make like a real Tuscan cook on this 4.5-hour evening cooking class in a historical palace (palazzo) in Florence. Working in a modern kitchen in the old building, learn how to create a quintessential Tuscan 4-course dinner of staples such as Hunter’s Chicken (chicken stew), fresh pasta and ‘tiramisu’ (cocoa, espresso and mascarpone pudding). Gain valuable insider tips from an expert local chef, and then enjoy your dishes during a convivial dinner, complete with well-matched Tuscan wine.

Receive personalized attention on a small-group class limited to no more than 12 people.

Highlights

  • 4.5-hour small-group evening Tuscan cooking class in Florence
  • Learn to create a classic Tuscan dinner in a beautiful palazzo setting
  • Discover the secrets of dishes such as Tuscan Hunter’s Chicken and tiramisu
  • Create a 4-course menu with guidance from an expert local chef
  • Enjoy your dishes over dinner with complimentary Tuscan wine
  • Receive a recipe booklet to recreate your dishes back at home
  • Enjoy personalized attention from your chef in a small-group class limited to 12 people

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What You Can Expect

Tuscan Cooking Class and Dinner in Florence

Learn the secrets of Tuscan cuisine on this small-group cooking class

Meet your guide and the rest of your small group near Piazza Santa Trinita in central Florence. After making your introductions, walk to the nearby cooking school, housed in a medieval Tuscan palazzo across the Arno River.

As you cross the river, stop to admire the views of the magnificent Ponte Vecchio. Then, when you arrive at the school, head inside and find your allocated spot in the modern kitchen.

Next, listen avidly as a friendly, expert chef talks you through the 4-course dinner you’re about to cook.

Your menu will vary according to the day of your class and the availability of ingredients, but typically, you can expect to prepare a classic Tuscan meal of favorites such as potato gnocchi (dumplings), Hunter’s Chicken (chicken stew), and a dessert such as tiramisu. See the Itinerary below for sample menus.

Put on your supplied apron and set to work following the provided recipes. As you prep, get helpful tips from the chef and gain valuable insights into local culinary traditions and techniques that you can use to impress family and friends back home.

With your meal ready, take a seat at the communal table in the charming dining area and savor your finished dishes in the company of your fellow cooks. As you eat, enjoy a glass of wine — your experience includes a complimentary bottle shared between four people.

Discuss your efforts with your companions and learn the strengths and weaknesses of your dishes in the eyes of your chef.

After your convivial meal, receive a recipe booklet to take home with you and then say your goodbyes. Your tour ends when you leave the cooking school.

Itinerary

Sample Menus:

Mondays:
Appetizer:
  • Eggplant caprese (tomato and mozzarella salad)
First course:
  • Potato gnocchi (dumplings) Meat sauce Bolognese or pesto alla Genovese (pesto and basil sauce)
Second course:
  • Tuscan Farmer’s Chicken (chicken stew)
Dessert:
  • Tiramisu (cocoa, espresso and mascarpone cheese pudding)

Tuesdays:
Appetizer:
  • Vegetable millefoglie (vegetable stack)
First course:
  • Spinach and ricotta-filled ravioli
Second course:
  • Tuscan Hunter’s Chicken (chicken stew)
Dessert:
  • Chocolate soufflé

Wednesdays:
Appetizer:
  • Zucchini Parmesan (baked zucchini and Parmesan cheese)
First course:
  • Cannelloni pasta and sauce
Second course:
  • Chicken Marsala (chicken and mushroom casserole with Marsala wine)
Dessert:
  • White chocolate mousse with chocolate rum sauce

Fridays:
Appetizer:
  • Potato brocatelle (soufflé)
First course:
  • Fresh pasta and sauce
Second course:
  • Chicken Tartara (chicken in mayonnaise-style sauce)
Dessert:
  • Ricotta cake with pineapple sauce

Drinks:
1 bottle of wine for every four people

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

A must experience in Italy

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Alessandro was fabulous as the instructor for our group. We met some people who we never knew before and will likely keep in touch with now because of the cooking class. Very well organized, everyone had the chance to participate, the time to eat the meal was very leisurely with no pressure to hurry up. The food we prepared actually worked! It was an experience we will recommend to anyone coming to Florence.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Daughter and her Bo went to this one and loved it. Clean with great chefs and good ingredients. Very nice.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Great class! The instructor was fun, affable and knowledgable. It was a beginner's course, but still a fun evening. Probably wouldn't recommend for more advanced cooks, but still a really fun evening.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

One of our favorite evenings of our whole trip. Met nice people, instruction was good but not overbearing, had tons of fun, and absolutely loved the menu. We want to do it again. My husband and 20 year old daughter loved it too.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Assesandro was as good as the feedback I previously read. At first I was disappointed when I walked into the crowded room but that quickly disappeared when we where grouped into our cooking teams and got started. One of the most memorable things mom and I did in Florence. Food and fun!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Best experience of our Italy trip! The food we made was delicious. The chefs were fun and loved to teach. Our family 2 teenagers and parents would recommend this class without hesitation.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This was an amazing evening. The food was fantastic, the people were fun, the chefs were friendly and loved people. Francesco was so personable and such a sweetheart. We thoroughly enjoyed our evening. Would not hesitate to do this tour again, or recommend it to anyone visiting beautiful Florence.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Loved this. Learned to make pasta from scratch! Good was great and plenty of wine!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

out tour guide Angelo was incredible , kept everyone on schedule and very infirmstive. The views and food was great all the way through. Highly recommend

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