Tour was awesome! Fabio was a great teacher and guide (and patient as well). It was great seeing the small village outside Rome and his beautiful house. What a great and unique experience! I would recommend to anyone who has a extra day in Rome. We also went to Fabio's fantastic restaurant "Thats Amore" near the Trevi fountain and had great food and service!
My daughter and I spent the day at the cooking class givne by Fabio and David in the Etruscan-Roman countryside. It was fabulous! We prepared a 5 course pasta meal with all the homemade pasta that we prepared fresh. Fabio and David were great and there is a website to obtain all the recipes and the preparation! Worth every penny spent! :)
David was a perfect driver, host and instructor. He took us to the stores in the very picturesque village of Mazzano, where we purchased the ingredients for the meals we prepared, with his capable help. We drank wine, cooked, laughed, took oodles of photos, then ate what we prepared. This was a real treat. We will learn how to cook those pasta dishes without butter, however. A fun and educational time.
My 16 year old son thought this might be a fun thing to do. We had the choice of in the city or in the countryside. I'm so glad we chose the countryside. The drive and the setting were fabulous. It was something we would not have seen on any other tour. The chef Fabio was Fabulous!! He was interesting and helpful and made the experience wonderful. We went during the off season and our small class ended up being only 3 of us, making it an almost private lesson. The meal was easy to make and was the best thing we ate on our whole trip. Best of all, we were able to make the meal again when we got home and share it with friends and family. I would highly recommend this adventure to anyone. I wasn't sure how my son would really like it but it is the thing he loved most about our trip.
The cooking class was much fun. Although Teresa the instructor was fantastic, it would have been nice to have Fabio conducting the session.
Fabio far exceeded our expectations yesterday. Every moment of the experience was wonderful: The drive to the countryside, getting to know Fabio, shopping in Mazzano, seeing his wonderful home, cooking lessons, and for me especially eating of the amazing food!
Really enjoyed the day. Seeing the country side and the experience of cooking in a home in a small village was fantastic would be good to have the recipes emailed to us, though.
We had an excellent day out on this trip. The house and village where the cooking lesson took place were beautiful - really stepping back in time. The cooks were great fun - they involved everyone. Warning, there is A LOT to eat so don't have breakfast if you want to taste everything! The only thing which could have been better was when we were picked up at the hotel in Rome by a driver we assumed were going straight to the cooking lesson. In fact we were taken to a travel agency in Rome where there were dozens of people waiting. It was all a bit chaotic and we thought everyone was going on the same trip. Nothing was explained. In fact we worked out that just 6 of us were then going to be picked up from there for the cooking class. It all worked out fine but it would have been better to have known this was the plan in advance. But I would really recommend this trip. If you are staying in Rome it's an opportunity to get out and see some Roman countryside and learn some cooking tips (main one seemed to be put lots of oil and cheese in it, whatever it is).
Monica was an excellent teacher and it was a wonderful day spent learning the nuances of pasta making and eating a terrific meal!
Nice tour. The village was amazing. The day was a little longer than I would have licked but there was way to much food.
Only two of us booked this tour, so we were thrilled it wasn't cancelled. Had a really good time, saw lots, cooked lots, ate lots, drank lots, talked lots, laughed lots. Monika, chef Fabio's friend who took the tour also arranged for us to visit another medieval hill town near Mazzano Romano where the lesson took place, called Calcata. My friend and I both really enjoyed the day, and came home with some excellent memories.
This was a perfect way to end my stay in Italy. A great experience to cook in someones home in a little village outside Rome. The recipes were everyday meals and quite suitable for use at home. Very relaxed and lots of fun.
This tour was really worthwhile -- enjoyable, fun, and informative. Monica, the tour leader, with her wonderful sense of humor, cooking knowledge, and experience in the region was a highlight. We learned to cook 3 different pastas -- gnocci, fetticine, and ravioli with sauces for each; a chicken dish, an appetizer, and strawberries for dessert -- all incredibly delicious. I would have preferred learning to make another type of dish or two rather than the 3 different pastas, which, after all, was really too much pasta to eat at one meal. However, it was all quite delicious and was a great experience to add to our time in Rome. We'd do it again!
Very good - friendly group, chef and tour guide/chef - pleasant village atmosphere - good value !
Simona was our guide / cook. We were a small group of 3 which was perfect. Due to our size Simona drove us in her car as opposed to a mini van. Interesting experience to say the least. The small village we went to was lovely, very rustic, with loads of charm. The cooking was good fun, inspired me to buy a pasta press when we got back to Rome, and have put it too good use already. Possibly a bit expensive for what it was, but i'd definitely recommend it, thoroughly enjoyed getting out of Rome and taking in the country side.
This was truly a fun day. The setting is picturesque, the kitchen homey and the food fantastic. David and Theresa were very welcoming and friendly. We made 3 pastas, 2 appetizers, 2 chicken dishes and 3 sauces. Most amazing meal. Now we will try to replicate it at home. We stopped by their restaurant "That's Amore" by Trevi Fountain for dessert and wine that night, not because we were hungry but because it was our last night and just had to top that spectacular meal off. The restaurant did not disappoint either.
The trip was very good. Very different from what we would normally do as a tourist while travelling. Would surely recommend this.
This was a great day. I had lots of fun learning to cook the dishes in a great house in a rural village. the only downside was that the certificate from the day that should have been emailed never arrived and the recipes that should have been available on the website were not those that we had produced. This has made it hard to replicate these at home. The florence cooking class in which I also participated had certificates available on the day and supplied the patrons with a booklet of the recipes used
The class was OK but definitely not worth the money. They do a lot of the cooking themselves without me being involved, and also they never gave us the recipes for the things they made. Also there is some obvious tension between two of the instructors that needs to be worked out or they should not work together because it is very unprofessional and we all said it felt like we were in a family dinner where the family doesn't get along. I am still waiting for the recipes to be mailed to me and it has been 8 days.
I value the "small group" experience. However, when the others in the small group cancelled I was not notified in any way that I would be alone for this activity. The chef was wonderful, the food was fabulous. But it was a solo experience which was not what I was hoping for and may bother others more than it did me. Also the visit to the "thriving little town" of Calcuta was a disappointment. My chef was quite up front that the town basically shuts down during the week. She took me there anyway and we walked through (it's a very picturesque setting), but virtually NOTHING is open during the week. I was there in July, so it was 'high season'. Book on a weekend or be prepared to find all the shops and restaurants closed up.
We were disappointed overall. The description did not match the experience and it was really overpriced for what it was.
The leader of the trip did not speak a lot of English and did not teach us about Italian cooking, food or anything. We thought we would learn about foods, how to select them, the names of the items, etc.
The walking tour of the Calcata was kind of strange - we were not taught anything about the place I guess due to the lack of knowledge / English of the leaders.
The positive part of the experience was getting to know the other awesome tourists who signed up for the excursion.
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