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Loved, loved, loved this cooking lesson. Monica was awesome and so were her helpers. Had a blast. Now I want to take a one week cooking class in Italy!! The food was out of this world and she made it seem effortless. Making pasta is the first thing I'm going to do when I get home. We were three couples and one lovely lady from Tasmania. This was by far the highlight of our trip!!!!
A fantastic day, I was picked up from my hotel and driven to the meeting point to meet Monica , who drove us to the old roman town of Mazzano. It was charming. We purchased our food and then went into an original home and cooked up a storm. In the end we cooked an amazing array of roman dishes. It was a well run course and Monica and her helpers ensured we all had a great day of traditional cooking. We were driven back to Rome and then taken back to our hotels in taxis. A great service to finish a wonderful day.
Absolutely the best day out. We weren't sure exactly what we had signed up for but it looked like fun. We had no idea how much fun we would have learning, and cooking, and eating, and laughing - all in a fantastic setting. Not just a highly recommended, this one is a must do excursion for experienced and amateur cooks alike.
Really great tour. The food was terrific and it was so much fun sharing this experience with people from other countries. A nice size for individual attention.
This was the BEST part of our trip to Italy - it really deserves 10 stars! Monica picked our group of 6 up in town and we headed off on a beautiful drive through the countryside and into the tiny village of Mazzano Romano. We shopped for our cooking ingredients at the local shop - with some of the vegetables coming straight from the field to our basket. Each of us was able to participate in the preparation of a delicious meal, learning techniques and recipes. Monica's instruction was easy-going and the group quite fun to work with. To be out of the busy-ness of the city, in a 17th century home in a forest, with a lovely meal was outstanding!
This was a fabulous experience!! Monica was absolutely the best!! And her assistant was great too! We had a wonderful group and Monica made it a point to offer recipes to please everyone. Not only did we learn how to cook a most amazing Italian meal, we learned about the village of Mazzano Romano.
Best tour took!! Highly recommend this to everyone. Monica was wondeful and her and her assistant were so much fun! My husband and I took this and were just accompanied by one other lady. It was great!
I wish I'd known sooner about how wonderful an event this truly is. I've been to Italy 4 times in as many years, and it wasn't until last week, that I took this tour. I booked it as part of my fiancée's 40th birthday surprise trip, and we had so much fun, not to mention, learned a lot. If you enjoy cooking even just a little bit, or having any sort of fun and adventure in a foreign land, THIS is one of those must-do tours. When we go back to Italy, this will be on our re-do list!
Our experience was fantastic. We were picked up from our hotel in Rome and then dropped back very close to our hotel in rome. The day was fun and Monica our guide for the day was absolutely lovely. She was very warm and welcoming. We cooked and chatted about food, family life and lifestyles in Italy and Australia. Even though I am Italian and cook a lot I still learnt a lot and enjoyed the day very much. We loved the food we cooked. We couldnt finish eating it all. We would highly recommend this day out. Annette and Carla.
Fabulous day in an ancient hilltop town with Monica and her asst Alicia. We chopped, we sipped, we kneaded, we sipped, we rolled, we sipped, we filled, we sipped some more! I am a good cook but I learned many new ways to make more delicious Italian dishes. Our lunch included bruscetta, pizza, stuffed tomatoes, raviolis, lasagna, veal saltimbocca, caprese salad, and lots of red and white wine. So worth every penny, thanks for a wonderful experience!
This was the highlight of our stay in Rome. Monica and her assistant Lisa were wonderful. The town was beautiful and the setting was just perfect. Food was amazing!
Excellent experience. While market is only open on Thursdays, Monica showed us how to shop in 2 small stores for everything we needed to make a 6 course lunch of simply delicious Italian food. We particularly enjoyed our group and had a ton of fun while we learned about Italian food. Have already tried one of the recipes at home - all recipes provided to you via Web! Note that I took my reluctant husband on this trip, and he describes this as one of his vacation highlight. Good for: couples, singles, foodies, not-so-foodies. Highly recommend this and/or the Rome version.
A simply wonderful day with Monica. A drive out to the country where we shopped for fresh ingredients. Then to the beautiful home where we made lunch. A truly magical experience with Monica making us feel very welcome, more like friends having a lovely day together.
Arriving in Rome, jet lagged, there is no better way to acclimatise that with a full day of concentrated activity. Door to door pickup and delivery was a real bonus. We also got to enjoy some Roman countryside on our forty-five minute journal to a delightful country village. After purchasing some ingredients from the local vendors, Monica, our guide and chef, introduced us to and took us through the finer points of preparing pasta. Without going into the details of the day, we learned several amazing techniques and recipes that we will take back home. I can thoroughly recommend this experience to anyone who wants to expand his/her knowledge on Italian cooking and who would enjoy something off the normal tourist track.
Words can not express how much fun this cooking lesson was! My husband and I had the best time EVER and it made our Italy experience that much more special. We were greeted by our driver, tour guide, chef... Claudia. She was so much fun. It was a short drive about 45 minutes to a very small village with a population of 50. It was quaint and a lovely location. We stopped at the butchers, the fresh market for veges and fruit and then to the local market for our bread and cheese! We purchased all our fresh ingredients that we'd be cooking with for the day. We entered the home and was greeted by her assistant and everything waiting for us. We prepared food, listened to music, laughed, ate and drank lots of wine. My husband does not eat cheese so he was referred to and nicknamed "Victor No Frommagio" "Victor No Cheese"! We had a blast and met a wonderful group of friends. Just typing my review now makes me so happy and thankful we were able to experience this day.
Had lots of fun. Wonderful experience. Monica and her coworker were wonderful. Let's not forget how delicious everything was
This was great. We loved the appetizers and the pastas. THe main course were soso but that may have been our fault. I would highly recommend this. It is a nice way to get away from the hustle and bustle of Rome and see how people live on the outskirts. Our two chefs were sooo nice and made the experience incredible.
We LOVED this excursion! I had my reservations about a simple cooking lesson, but it turned out to be a wonderful side trip into a tiny Roman village. Our chef was very welcoming and patient. We had a wonderful time walking around the small town, hands-on cooking at the house, and enjoying a LOT of food!
We participated in this tour on April 26, 2014. I have to say it was a magical experience. The location was great. I have a love of Medieval villages and this was not spoiled by tourists! The private home where the class was hosted was terrific and spacious. Our instructor, Monica, made us feel like friends visiting for dinner, we learned to make pasta and traditional village dishes and drank wonderful wines. Best of all we met lovely people who we will never forget.
The tour company was easy to work with and the communication was good. I had the opportunity to communicated via email and telephone and both were easy experiences. We were staying at a local apartment so we arranged to be picked up at a large nearby hotel in Piazza Barberini. The bus was about 15 mins late. Just enough time to cause me concern, but I was reassured by the doorman at the hotel that they are always late (Italian time!).
Monica is a natural teacher, so warm, patient and really good at explaining cooking procedures in English. When I was organizing our trip, I threw this tour in at the end as a filler. It actually turned out to be one of my favorites. Rarely do I come home from a vacation having learned valuable new skills, but that's exactly what happened this time. I can't wait to try out some of the techniques I learned on this tour.
This particular cooking lesson wasn't available on the day I wanted, so I ended up taking the other cooking class in Rome, which was amazing and definitely worth doing. :) I can't say I recommend this particular tour because I have no experience with it, but I'm sure it would be amazing.
We thoroughly enjoyed our day in the kitchen with Monica and her team! The whole experience was well organized. We were particularly fortunate that our group happened to be quite small. Regardless, what ever size the group, it is a fun and 'delicious' day! Time and money well spent.
Yve and James. Angus ON Canada.
The experience was amazing, we have made pasta almost every night since we've been home!
Alberto and Monica were amazing! We were driven out to Mazzano and enjoyed the scenery and conversation. The visit to the meat market and grocery store in the tiny town was a treat. We felt comfortable and welcomed by our hosts, and the recipes we cooked were dimply delicious!! Highly recommend!!