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Wow! This was an intimate gathering with amazing company and food from start to finish. Felt like I had experienced five star cuisine and the host and chef were very personable. I was traveling on my own and recommend this for a group, couple or solo traveler. There was nothing typical about this meal - special from start to finish.
This was an excellent experience. So much pleasure, wonderful cuisine, perfect hosts, and wonderful wines. Worth every penny! Our main course was a remarkably delicious and perfectly seasoned roasted pigeon. Fellow guests dined on the results of a great cooking class. We shared and talked and laughed and traded stories over a beautiful table in a comfortable room overflowing with art, cookbooks and comfy ambience. Don't miss this opportunity.
Sincerely, Thomas and Taffi WIlson
Hands down best food in Florence! I am still dreaming of the fresh burratta, risotto and quail! What a fabulous evening.
Extremely nice dinner in the apartment of a warm, friendly couple. There were nine guests, and the conversation was lively. We would recommend it without hesitation.
God, I loved this. I'll start with the apartmentvery traditional, Italian, high ceilings, wooden floors, open windows, in a quiet section of what I believe was the Santo Spirito neighborhood. The dinner is offered by Chef Varinia Vary and her husband Edouardo Edo, who acts as a kind of entertainer/waiter/sommelier/busboy. Varinia's food is delicious, and the time between courses was neither too short nor long. We had nine people in total I was the only solo person, and quite a bit younger, but no matter!just the right amount of people for a lively, but intimate dinner experience.
The only thing I found a bit confusing/offputting was that three of the couples had done a cooking class together with Varinia before we arrived, so three of their four courses were dishes they'd just prepared, while three of us, who hadn't signed up for the cooking course, were served something different. It would've been nice to have all been on the same ground.
For the three of us who didn't attack the cooking class: we had halves of tomato filled with both burrata and mozzarella, and a piece of bruschetta for our appetizer delicious! a faroe dish with pear, onions, chickpeas for our primi nice and light, though not my favorite and a delicious pork pot pie with carrots and a flaky pastry crust for our main. The couples who partook of the class had squid ink ravioli, seared octopus with a sort of panzanella salad, and one other course which had escaped my memory.
Varinia, who's a trained chef, is quite a characterboisterous, loud, kind, with a tough exterior that belies a big heartand she and Edo are well-traveled. They go to Asia every summer, where she's able to try new things and test new flavors, so don't expect an insular old Italian woman.
You'll have a fantastic time, and there'll be plenty of wine!
Fantastic meal in a local home with warm hospitality. The quail and duck course was superb. I would highly recommend this experience as being the best way to meet and eat an authentic local meal, as well as meeting fellow travelers. Thank you chef Vary and Edouardo!
Excellent!!!! The food and the atmosphere was excellent beyond any of our expectations. The hosts were welcoming and delightful to interact with. Definitely we will let others know about our experience and suggest it to them.
Hands down the best food we had while in Florence - for the SECOND time! Hosts are two lovely, warm, open people who provide lovely Tuscan food without all of the touristy gimmicks not 5 dishes of pasta for sure!. It was our second time in Florence, and the second time having dinner with them, and it was absolutely perfect each time. Both times I went with my boyfriend, who lives in Italy, and his opinion is the same - this is not overpriced food, made just for tourists, as you'll see all around the cities in Italy! This is the real deal.
Absolutely a must do. The couple who provide this dinner are welcoming and the food is excellent. We really enjoyed that this was a small group 6 total our dinner so we got to have a great conversation with interesting people and get a real taste of Tuscan cooking. We would definitely do this again!
Wonderful experience - hosts were lovely and dinner fantastic! Really enjoyed talking with the other guests to compare Florence experiences - would highly recommend.
If I could I would give it more than 5 stars. Food amazing, hosts even better.
Spectacular! Our hosts operate a cooking school in their home. The night we were there the only other guests what participated in the school so they ate food that they had prepared while we ate a spectacular meal prepared for us. The courses were well chosen and complemented one another. Our main course was an excellent quail dish that still has us in smiling. We were able to purchase wine at the home quite inexpensively. We would certainly do this again next time we are in Florence!
Outstanding evening with a nice local family. Dinner was worth the money even without the interaction with the guests. Do IT!
Lovely evening with 2 lovely people! Food was excellent and the wine very good. Their knowledge of food and wine and warm hearts was a great joy!
What an amazing experince. My girlfriend and I booked this wonderfu night, not really sure what to expect. We were met at the pre arranged point and taken to a beautiful Florentine home where given a glass of Presecco and introduced to a couple who had been cooking all day on a seperate tour and would be joining us for dinner.
Another couple joined us and that made us 6. What took place over the evening was an amazing nioght of strangers getting to know each other over the 5 amazing courses and in the sourrounds of a beautiful home. The Chef was a genuine, friendly woman along with her husband who served us better than some waiters in 5 star hotels. People, this is honest good food in a relaxed atmosphere and I will be returning on my next trip to Florence. Don't miss this amazing night. Thank you.
Amazing organic food, absolutely delicious. Great way to have a different meal and meet some great people. Provided plenty of food, and offered a wine tasting option, which was well worth it.
What a wonderful evening! The meeting place was really very straight forward to locate, and our host, Eduardo was there, on time, to escort us to his lovely home, where we were greeted by our chef Varinia. We were dining with another couple, and their daughter, and we enjoyed a glass of Prosecco prior to dinner. The dining room was initially set up with two tables, but our dinner companions suggested that we join tables, which was easily accomodated and we embarked on a memorable evening of lively conversation. Each course was delicious and the portions very adequate. Wine was available for purchase and accompanied each course beautifully. Varinia joined us for some conversation after dinner, and is certainly a warm and interesting woman. My son and I highly recommend this experience.
A truly amazing experience. Very friendly and welcoming hosts. The food was fantastic and the intimate atmosphere well worthwhile. I would recommend this tour very highly.
Our hosts Eduardo and Vary were excellent. The food was sensational. Thank you for a wonderful evening
awesome meal, highly recommeded. whole exp is 5 star, better than any restaurant
This was, by far, the best eating experience we had in Italy. This satisfied EVERYONE in our group of 6 - including my picky husband and 13 year old son. Even better than the food was our warm and gracious hosts. We felt like we were at home - not on vacation. What a wonderful respite from the rigors of vacationing.
This was certainly one of the very special highlights of our trip to Florence and would highly recommend this to anybody travelling to Florence. The food was sensational as were the hosts.
Eduardo and Sylvia were so hospitable, Food amazing, atmosphere was truly what we wanted to feel for our First night in Florence. Looking out there windows into the the Florentine streets was thoughtful moments for me.
made us feel like family. Thank you Sylvia and Eduardo for warm Italian freindship
This was fabulous. we had a great group and enjoyed meeting and talking to everyone. Meal was superb! and the chef came out at the end and chatted with us . It was also fun to see inside a house.
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