Unforgettable experience and great fun! Our driver and sous-chef Marco Farnetti was friendly, very kind, a great cook, and made us laugh throughout the day. Our excellent chef, Eliza, was a brilliant teacher and told wonderful stories about the food we were making and traditional life in Italy. We prepared spinach ricotta ravioli, red sauce fettuccine, cavatelli with sausage and broccolini, potato pizza amazing!, volcano chocolate cake, all served with wonderful wine and birthday champagne. We all took part in making a yards-long pasta for ravioli, learned how to make cavatelli, and laughed at our neophyte confusion as the beautiful meal came together. What seemed confusing and impossible turned into a lovely, delicious meal. This was one of our best days in Italy. For those looking for an easy and fun day trip outside of Rome, this is perfect! Thank you, Marco and Eliza!
This was one of our most favorite experiences from our trip to Italy. Our chef, Elisa, was amazing - not only was she great with the food but she had a wonderful personality and we laughed throughout the entire adventure. Also, her helper Roy was awesome - from driving us out to Mazzano, to helping prepare the meal, to also keeping everyone laughing. It was fun to go to the various markets to select the ingredients for the meal and Elisa definitely included us in the decision making, she seemed capable of taking anything we might be interested in and making a great dish from it. There we eight of us and the apartment that the company uses for the cooking lesson was a great size and we all felt very comfortable. We were back in Rome at the end of a two-week trip and this was absolutely the perfect way to end the trip, I can't recommend Elisa, Roy, or this adventure enough - thank you!
Wonderful experience! One of very best tours weve ever booked.
After about a 45 minute ride in a comfortable shuttle bus, we arrived at the idyllic town of Mazzano Romano and met our chef/guide, Elisa. She took us along with her as we went into three little shops for fresh ingredients for our menu. We then ventured to the apartment which was apparently built in about 1300 AD, where Alisa guided us in how to make: a simple pizza prepared three ways potatoes, red onions, mozzarella with tomatoes, veal saltimbocca, ravioli stuffed with ricotta/spinach, gnocchi with prosciutto and sweet pepper sauce, fettuccine with delicious homemade tomato based pasta sauce, and a dark chocolate lava cake. Elisa choose the menu with our preferences in mind as well as freshness of produce. We left very satisfied with full bellies and an eagerness to try out the recipes at home!
My wife and I celebrated our 35th Wedding Anniversary while we participated in this wonderful event. It was a bit of a ride to Mazzano Romano, but it was worth it for the beautiful view from the apartment where our chef led the eight guest in our cooking class. Prior to arriving there, we shopped at the local butcher shop and market. With supplies in tow, we walked up to the beautiful apartment where the chef and her assistant first showed us how to make a simple pizza with various toppings and then several tricks for making pasta several different ways, All the activities were supported with many laughs and plenty of wine. We sat together for a multi-course feast with more wine and laughter. We napped on on the ride back with full bellies and a great memory.
This was the highlight of our trip. Eliza, the chef and the driver sous chef were both so fun and enjoyable. I am a good home chef and of Italian decent yet I learned several new things and can't wait to try them. The other couple that was on the tour were great and the food was amazing! My husband is actually excited about making pasta now. Highly recommend this tour
Martha and Jon.
I wish I could properly rate this tour however my pickup was not what was written on my confirmation and so we lost the tour and our money. The hotel called them 20 minutes after and read them what was on the paperwork and we were basically told too bad. VIATOR has since denied any responsibility so we are out of pocket - Have done 3 tours in both Spain and Italy with TOURS WITH LOCALS. In our opinion, great tours, impeccable service and they follow up before to make sure everything and everybody is on on track - a complete different attitude and level of service. - Gayle Lewis, Canada
This was the highlight of our trip to Rome. We experienced and learned authentic Italian cooking in a private setting and in a real Italian countryside house. The Chef and Sioux Chef who served as the driver also were very friendly, fun, and true professionals. Our teenage kids thoroughly enjoyed the experience. We highly recommend this tour if you are looking for something off the beaten path.
This was my favorite tour of my 2 week trip to Italy. We were picked up by our very nice driver in Rome and taken to the small town of Mazzano Romano where we met our chef and went shopping in the small town.I thought the chef should include us more in the shopping, as we were awkwardly standing around while she spoke with the shop keepers. Loved seeing the local stores though. The cooking class was wonderful and we made three different types of pasta, pizza, a tomato salad, chicken and then peaches for dessert. We drank wine while we cooked and ate and the chef was wonderful. Our favorite part was getting to know our fellow travelers and eating with them. There were only 5 of us on the tour and it was nice that it was small and intimate. I would recommend the tour as it was our favorite day!!