The cooking class itself was totally amazing. Monica the chef was fantastic and the food we made was out of this world. Starting off at the butcher and the market was great. The countryside was beautiful and was good to get out of the hub bub of the city. The only problem was with Carani tours. When looking for a cooking class our hotel sent of the Carani tours info. The reviews on them were terrible, so I opted not to go with them and booked through Viator. I did not realize that Viator then booked it with Carani. They were late picking us up. After having the hotel call, they sent a taxi who dropped us off at the Carani office without any instruction. There was a group standing outside the office so we presumed that was our tour and waited. The Chef was there waiting for us, but she and we were unaware of this. So, it was a late start which disrupted our evening plans. I would highly recommend the class, but never Carani.
This was a wonderful experience! I can't recommend it highly enough. Monica was a great teacher, easy to understand and I can now go home and feel confident to make fresh pasta.
Enjoyed the drive to our host Italian family, Monica showed us her skills to a small group, and we spent time enjoying our new cookery skills put to the test in the company of our small group. Monica was a fabulous teacher and a great ambassador for her country. We would encourage anyone to have this experience if in Rome....
Loved it! The electricity went out unexpectedly but we continued by candlelight with gas! It was all very authentic and the food was really excellent.
This was fabulous! Our group of 5 people was perfect. Monica did a terrific job, explaining all the techniques and recipes for 3 pastas, 2 chicken dishes, bruschetta x2, side of potatoes and stuffed tomato, along with dessert. All with perfect wine pairing, in a countryside home, with a view beyond belief. We highly recommend this tour! And to Monica, ..Brava!
GREAT! AWESOME! Monica was excellent, we made pasta, 1st. for us, and many more fantastic dishes. The apartment in the 15th century town was unbelievable, one of the very best experiences of our trip! If you don't do this you will miss a great memory.
This was a definite highlight of my time in Rome. Monica was an absolute gem, she is so enthusiastic about food and sharing her experience with tour participants. The location is magical with views over the river valley. The class was a great deal of fun and was hands on. Hand making pasta and local dishes was wonderful. The only drawback was there was too much food!!!! Everyone in the group was replete with good food and good wine and had a well deserved nap on the drive back to Rome. Thank you to Monica and our wonderful driver/kitchen hand for an experience to remember.
What a fabulous day in Mazzano Romano! Chef Monica was a gracious host. Well worth a day spent.
Wow! From the hotel in the morning to back at night, everything was well organized and fun! The chef was very patient and helpful! Getting to go shopping at the markets was quite the experience and eating our cooking after all of the work was fantastic! A great trip to get out of the city for a day!
Monica was a delight. Her cooking skills are sublime. The day was most enjoyable. Just 3 of us and Monica doted on us to the extreme. Grazie.
It was a wonderful cooking experience. I went with 17yo grandson who really enjoyed the village and the cooking. I lucked out to a small class of 3. It would be crowded with more than 4. Monica our instructor was great. Hotel pick up was no problem, taxi took us to meeting place.
This was a fantastic tour with Monica as our chef and guide. We went in November which was low season and she picked us up cheerfully, even though it was only my husband and I, and we set off on a culinary/travel adventure. She is so lovely, knowledgeable, patient and kind. She asked what our goals and food interests were and then she developed a plan with us while driving to the country to fit our interests. My number one goal was to learn to make pasta and she taught me how to make artichoke/ricotta stuffed ravioli, lasagna with bechamel sauce, roasted pumpkin and sausage, and fettucine with wild mushrooms. I will never go back to box pasta. We also made a fantastic chicken dish with balsamic vinegar, bruchetta, roasted potatoes with rosemary and stuffed tomatoes. For dessert we made tiramisu. We chatted all day in the wildly unique environment-- an ancient but totally renovated house in the village overlooking the river-- great kitchen-- drank wine and learned a about food, the Italian culture etc. We were so spoiled by Monica-- we did have her all to ourselves, but I suspect she would treat everyone that way. She is a very hard worker. Fabio, the owner, is lucky to have her and so were we. Thanks Monica for your graciousness and a splendid day-- TC and Dennis
My wife and I were the only couple scheduled for this particular day with Chef Monica and we learned a lot about Italian cooking. Monica has a great sense of humor and is very passionate about food/cooking. We had some great wine and prepared a fantastic dinner. The village of Mazzano was awesome!
We had a great experience...and it wasn't our first Italian cooking class. The town we went to was charming, the recipes wonderful and the teacher was super. After sitting down to eat all that we had cooked, we swore we would never eat agin. (That was, of course, until the next day!) The cooking lesson was a great way to break up our days of sight seeing in Rome. We would highly recommend it! Dorene and "Lorenzo"
Very intimate, wonderful insight into the real Italy. Not super touristy and english speaking. Would recommend to family and friends
This was one of the best times I have had. Monica was awesome and was an excellent teacher. She made things so easy. I definitely planning to do this again. I cannot wait get home to cook fo family and friends!!!!!!
Wow! My family loved every minute of this experience. The drive into the countryside was beautiful. Monica (our driver and instructor) was friendly and a great conversationalist; she thoughtfully and thoroughly answered lots of questions we had about life in Italy. The little town where the cooking school is located is charming, as were the vendors who sold us the fresh meat and vegetables. The house is gorgeous, as were the views. Then there was the class itself... Monica was patient, gave excellent instructions, and helped us to produce a wonderful meal (3 types of pasta with a unique sauce for each, bruschetta, marinated chicken, and macerated peaces). I was always afraid to make pasta on my own before, but under her expert tutelage I gave up my fears and, I'm going to try it right here at home! I think this was the favorite part of the trip for my 11-year-old niece and 9-year-old nephew, both of whom love to help out in the kitchen. Definitely worth it! Thanks Monica (and Fabio)!
LOVED LOVED LOVED this class/tour! My dad, sisters and I surprised my mom for her 70th bday with a trip to Rome. We were looking for something to do outside of the city and this was the perfect day! Not only is the village adorable, but the cooking experience was top notch. And, our chefs picked us up and dropped us off so we had plenty of time to ask questions about all things Italian/Roman! We enjoyed fresh food from the tiny grocery store and wonderful teachers to turn it into an amazing meal! We learned a great deal and still had plenty of time for wine and laughter. And we actually just made homemade pasta again while we were together back at home! Because there were only 5 of us in our group, the class was rounded out with a single traveler as well as a gap-year student and her parents. All of us (a variety of ages) had a fabulous time and left with full bellies! I would strongly recommend for families of all ages and sizes, couples, singles...anyone looking for a great Italian experience!
This was wonderful day, the town was really interesting and the cooking lots of fun. We ate miles too much. Our group was only five which was great as well.
Our teaching chef, tour guide and driver transported us from the chaos of Rome to the peaceful countryside of an ancient village where we had a fabulous cooking experience. Our teaching chef purchased the menu’s ingredients at the two local shops. Then we went to a beautiful apartment on the edge of a breathtaking view of a wooded gorge where we prepared a delicious lunch from scratch. We had so much fun making a multi course meal in the serene retreat with our teaching chef and her assistant. Enjoying our prepared meal with paired local wine will always be a wonderful memory of our time in Italy. Next time we’ll remember not to eat breakfast!!
I have been on other cooking tours. This was the best one. Monica was a joy to be with all day and she made us feel like we were on a family outing.
Thank you Monica.
What can I say, our day was awesome. Monica was able to take us totiny medieval village Calcata and then to the tiny neighborhood stores to shop for vegetables and meats for our day of fun. We were then ready for a wonderful and extensive day of cooking: making pasta treats(ravioli, fettuccini, and cappitelli on our day) risotto, bruschetta, chicken thighs, strawberries... and did I mention the wine? We had a wondeful teacher in Monica: great English, very patient, and wanting you to do as much as you'd like to do...dig into that pasta dough!!!! My only regret for the day was losing her card a and thus not being able to go online to retrieve the recipes and communicate with Monica. (Can you help me get in touch via email with her?? PLEASE)
Myself and 3 friends (and another couple) had the most fantastic day. We saw a part of Rome that we would never had visited and had a great time making pasta for our lunch. Definitely go again.