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bruce m

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2016

This was a first class tour. Our host and chef , Francesco, drove us to Mazzano Romano a 1500 year old castle north of Rome. He was very friendly and informative. We stopped to shop at a butcher shop and vegetable shop before heading to a villa in the old fort. What a great experience. The class was informative and fun. We chatted , cooked and ate in the charming villa. It was a first class day.

Gloria H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2016

wonderful, wonderful, wonderful. would suggest anyone interesting in Italian cooking take this course

kelli k

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2016

this was such a unique experience, highly recommended!! i would book this experience again in a heartbeat

Dennis E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2016

Fabulous day! This was the highlight of my trip to Rome.

Don H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2016

This was everything we had hoped for, and then some. Chef Marinella Gatta and her sous chef Francesco were very down to earth and attentive in imparting their expert knowledge of the craft and tradition of the Cucina Romana. We headed out of Rome to a small working village with an ancient quarter. On the way to a restored rustic villa in this ancient quarter we grabbed a coffee amidst gathering ingredients from a vegetable stand, a butcher, and a small market with a delicatessen. We then settled into our quaint villa's cozy kitchen for a day of preparing a 6-course meal. Our appetizers were six different types of bruschetta and sliced aged Romano cheese with black peppercorns accompanied by a very well matched regional white wine Vermentino di Sardegna Doc. Then we made 3 different fresh pastas from scratch with different ingredients: ravioli, fettuccine and gnocchi. We also prepared veal for saltimbocca with prosciutto and sage and a scratch sauce. The ravioli were stuffed with a mild regional ricotta with spinach and lemon zest, and in a sauce of similar ingredients. The fettuccine was in a made from scratch with fresh tomatoes sauce and rendered pork cheek. The gnocchi was in a sauce made with sausage and veronica romanesco, with pecorino romano cheese. White wine accompanied the meal through to the ravioli, then we went to a regional red blend Sangiovese-Merlot from Puglia. Dessert was a kicked up use of fresh pears, cinnamon and panettone baked and topped off with fresh whipped cream and cocoa accents. We cannot recommend this excursion enough. All this and door-to-door service. We were picked up and dropped off at our hotel. This was having an expert visiting chef in a friends well-equipped kitchen on a laid back weekend day. Very, very nice!

Sandra P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2015

This was so awesome! It was really one of our favorite outings in Rome. The medieval village was postcard perfect. The best part was getting to visit with and learn from Marinella and Francesco. Marinella is an excellent teacher and chef. She tailored her menu and approach to suit our tastes and level of experience. Francesco is an excellent sous chef and teacher. Both were so welcoming and fun! I would love to go back soon.

Leslie C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2015

I'd give this 10 stars if it were an option!!! Our chef, Mari not sure of spelling and her assistant Francisco were great. We learned so much in a very warm and inviting setting not to mention beautiful and it felt like spending the day in the kitchen with old friends. Do not miss this one!!!

Sharon D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2015

This was without a doubt the best experience I had while in Rome. The chef, Marinella, was wonderful, and the small size of the group 7 meant we got lots of hands-on experience. Highly recommend this tour!

Philip C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2015

What a wonderful experience. Learnt lots and location was amazing. Instructor was great and whole trip was informative and fun

Alexander W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2015

My wife and enjoyed this very much. The staff was amazing and the food was delicious. I would definitely recommend this cooking class to everyone. Not only was the food amazing but the view from the home was so beautiful.

tombarb52 United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2015

Really enjoyed all of the activities on this tour, the drive to the countryside, shopping in the little town, the villa where we cooked and ate. It was a special day that my husband and I will never forget.

Michael S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2015

Definitely one of the highlights of our entire trip! This experience was amazing! The chefs were fun and knowledgeable.

jayne.ashenbury

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2015

What a delightful day.
Fantastic teacher, lovely group and just a fabulous day of cooking and laughing and eating.
A real highlight of our holiday in Rome - thank you!

akogel23

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2015

Experience was spectacular. Monica and Mariella were the best chefs to have in the kitchen. Class was interactive and the food was outrageous! Amazing what we were able to cook with simple ingredients! Highly recommend this fun filled experience.

vivienne b

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2015

this was a remarkable tour. It was certainly a highlight. Vitoria was a great chef and host. Very enjoyable day

Janine J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2015

Loved the experience! We were with Chef Leo who was fantastic with interesting stories and great cooking tips. Delicious food and a lot of it - we ended up 6 or 7 courses! The little town is very quaint and lovely. I'd highly recommended it, it is so worth it!

kathleen s

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2015

What a fabulous day! My daughter and I were in Rome for her birthday and spent a day with the team in Mazzano Romano. The instructions and ingredients were both amazing. We managed to cook some amazing food and spent the day cooking, laughing and drinking wine. The chef was both casual and focused and kept us focused so that we got the most of the experience. From shopping for ingredients, the amazing medieval town and eating the simple feast we made it was a great experience...one for the books!

Paul S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2015

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!!!!

pageb

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2015

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.

Tom Drury

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2015

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.

Deborah K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2015

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.

Dmitriy S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2015

This tour was amazing!

Elise S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2015

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!

Leigh C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2015

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.

Rachelle A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2015

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!

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