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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 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.

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