Siena, Italy

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Overview

Get an authentic taste of northern Italy on this 4-hour cooking class in Siena. Led by a local chef, learn how to craft a delicious spread of Tuscan favorites, including bruschetta, crostini and pici, thick, hand-rolled pasta originating in Siena. Afterward, enjoy the fruits of your labor as you savor your creations with your group and a glass of vino. Group size is reserved to 15 to keep this experience as intimate as possible.
  • 4-hour Tuscan cooking class in Siena
  • Hear Italian cooking tips from your host, a professional local chef
  • Prepare an antipasto meal of classic Italian snacks like bruschetta and crostini
  • Mix, knead, roll and cut your own Tuscan pici pasta
  • Sit down to eat your feast at the end of your cooking class
  • Small-group cooking class with a maximum of 15 people ensures a personalized experience
Begin your culinary adventure in central Siena, where you’ll join up with your guide and head to a private kitchen.

Siena's countryside is abundant with olive groves, grapevines and sage and rosemary bushes, all which contribute to its culinary success. Using these local ingredients, learn how to first prepare the antipasti, or starters. Under the tutorial of your chef, put together plates of toasted crostini as well as the toppings for bruschetta, bread topped with juicy tomatoes, olive oil and basil.

Afterward, try your hand at Tuscan pici, a thick pasta hailing from Siena. Mix and knead your dough before cutting it into doughy strands, topped off with a sauce.

Then, say ‘Buon appetito!’ as you sit down to eat your dishes with your group. Your chef will select a top Tuscan wine to pair with your meal.

Appetites sated, depart with a recipe card so that you can recreate a taste of Tuscany back home.

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K
, Oct 2018

Fantastic! Our hosts were wonderful and we made some fun friends from Belgium! Would definitely do it again!

G
, Aug 2018

I would not recommend this tour. We were the only two people in this class. I thought we were going to be in a Tuscany home. Instead, we were in a store in the back where the kitchen is located. The food was good. However, the experience was not. We did not get any recipes.

G
, Nov 2017

Our chef, Simone, was very friendly and helpful. The food we made was quite simple, but delicious. The only problem was that the start time was not changed when daylight saving commenced, and hence it was dark as we were driven along the Chianti trail about 20 minutes out of Siena. We missed the spectular scenery. Otherwise, a great experience.

D
, Oct 2017

Disappointing except for the excellent chef who taught us. The class was not in Siena but a 30 minute drive outside of Siena at what looked to be a nice hotel. However, we were led around a back way to a yard where the chef welcomed us and took us to a dingy kitchen for the class. The kitchen was all stainless steel and not particularly clean. There was one dirty bathroom for the use of the 10 people in the class and the chef had to find some thin paper towels to use as tissue. The chef had come in from Florence for the class and made the most of the tools available but had trouble finding what he needed at times. Still he was charming, funny, and very instructive. We learned how to make ragu sauce, tiramisu, and of course home made noodles. It really was fun. Then the chef allotted the food to the 10 of us and we were led outside to unset tables that were in the dark to eat. It was 17C since it was night. We grabbed flatware from around the kitchen and I grabbed some napkins I found under a counter for the group. There was no water or wine. The chef found some water glasses and a bottle of prosecco which he apologetically poured for the 10 of us. Then he went back to the kitchen to clean up. We ate quickly since it was so cold and our food was cooling fast. The chef then ran out happily with another bottle of prosecco he has found and gave us all another glass. The group was full of 'good sports' who laughed a lot and made the whole affair fun. The food we made was really tasty in our view and we agreed we learned a lot. Before we were put on the bus the chef let told us we had permission to use the bathroom of the restaurant connected with the hotel - much nicer warmer and cleaner that the one in the bathroom.
All told, this was not as advertised and over-priced for what we got but they bussed in a really entertaining and competent chef and we all had fun and learned something.

m
, Oct 2017

We loved every minute of it! I will definitely be making both the fresh pasta could not believe how easy it was as well as the ragu sauce.
Simone our chef was a wonderful host and really helped our technique.

B
, Sep 2017

Such a fun class!

J
, Sep 2017

This cooking class was one of our favorites in Italy! My husband and I took the cooking class with Simon in late-August 2017. We were picked up by a driver at the designated meeting spot on-time and driven to the site of the cooking class. There were 5 people total in this class. When we arrive Simon greeted us warmly and set everyone up with a cooking station and glass of wine! During our class we learned how to make pasta, brushetta, and tiramisu. My husband and I are beginners in terms of skill, and we felt this class was well-suited for our skill level. Simon was very hands on and described in detail everything we needed to know. After we finished cooking Simon lead us to the courtyard where a beautiful table was set for those in the class to enjoy our meal. It was a picture-perfect evening with great food and great company. We highly recommend this class for beginning-level chefs! We had an excellent evening and was sad when it was time for it to end.

E
, Sep 2017

excellent experience! great time with the chefs as well as with other participants

S
, Aug 2017

It wasn't as advertised, we didn't cook everything and didn't get any recipes to take home. But what was made, and what we made was easy and delicious and Simon was very nice. The other two in the group were great company so we had a very good time.

R
, Jul 2017

This was by far one of the best things we did while visiting Siena. Simone was an amazing host for my fiancee and I. We made pasta together and the rest of the class we drank wine and watched while he talked us through each step of the rest of our meal. He had also set up a table for us outside where the two of us enjoyed dinner together. After we offered, Simone joined us and we had a great time hanging out and talking while we enjoyed some of the best food we had in Italy.


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